'The Americans': Keri Russell says getting hit during fight scene 'not so bad'

January 21, 2015 10:00 AM

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'The Americans': Keri Russell says getting hit during fight scene 'not so bad'

PASADENA, Calif. – In the Season 3 opener of "The Americans," there is a compelling fight scene in which petite, Russian spy Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell, who stands at 5-feet 4-inches) -- takes on FBI agent Frank Gadd (Richard Thomas, who is about half a foot taller and seriously outweighs her) and one of his hulking cohorts -- and kicks both of their butts.

It is a rousing start to the next 13 episodes of the '80s Cold War spy thriller in which the hand-to-hand combat, surprisingly, is one of Russell's favorite parts of the job. Of course, it is not without its drawbacks, and one time the former "Felicity" star did get clocked by one of the stuntmen.

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