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Matthew Rhys

The actor discusses his role on FX’s ”The Americans”

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As KGB spy Philip Jennings on FX’s The Americans, Matthew Rhys, 39, masterfully pulls off a lot of contradictory characteristics: He’s a romantic who cheats. He works for the Soviets but kind of loves America. He’s sensitive but will kick your butt. (Incidentally, Rhys does all this as a Welshman playing a Russian playing an American.) “He’s in great conflict with a number of elements in his life, and the more crazed his world becomes, the more he wants a simpler life,” Rhys says, adding, “Philip is definitely a more-than-average challenging role.” Good thing Rhys is a more-than-average terrific actor.