HOLLYWOOD HILLS—Actress Keri Russell, known for her roles in the WB coming-of-age television series “Felicity” and the FX spy drama “The Americans,” received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, May 30.
Russell’s star was dedicated in front of The Study lounge on Hollywood Boulevard. The ceremony occurred on the same day the final episode of the fifth season of “The Americans” aired.
“I would much rather hide out from doing these things,” she said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. “It’s a lot for me to get up and speak, but, it’s an incredible honor, obviously. It’s so special to be a part of this. My mom grew up outside of L.A. and remembers these ceremonies, you know, so it’s incredible. It’s historic, and it’s amazing to be a part of it.”
“Felicity” creators J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves were present at the ceremony, along with actor Scott Speedman, who played Russell’s love interest, Ben Covington, on the show. Russell’s “The Americans” co-star and real-life partner, Matthew Rhys, was also in attendance.
“What she does so beautifully is become other people and she does it in a way that most actors would only dream of being able to do,” said director and producer Abrams during the ceremony. “She is one of the sweetest people, one of the most wonderful friends, mothers, co-workers that you could ever hope to know.”
Russell, 41, first appeared on television in 1991, as a member of the “All-New Mickey Mouse Club” alongside actor Ryan Gosling and singers Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, and Britney Spears. She had a small role in the film “Honey, I Blew Up the Kid” in 1992 and the sitcom “Boy Meets World” in 1993. In 1998, she starred as the title character in the hit drama series “Felicity,” which ran for four seasons until 2002. Russell earned a Golden Globe for her portrayal in 1999.
In 2005, Russell starred in the Hallmark Hall of Fame production “The Magic of Ordinary Days” and Steven Spielberg’s miniseries “Into the West.” She portrayed an agent in J.J. Abrams’ “Mission: Impossible III” alongside Tom Cruise in 2006. She has held other notable roles in films such as “August Rush” (2007) and “Bedtime Stories” (2008).
Since 2013, Russell has starred in the period drama “The Americans” as one of the main characters, Elizabeth Jennings, a Soviet KGB agent. The series is set in the early 1980s and portrays the story of two KGB spies living as an American couple. Russell has been nominated for multiple awards for her work on the show, including a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe.