Wigging Out Over 'The Americans' — 6 Memorable Disguises From Seasons Past (PHOTOS)
Like many of the show’s hairpieces, this jet-black one Elizabeth used to lure an informant has a nickname: “Joan Jett.” (Rhys is a fan of his “Fernando” from the pilot.)
Makeup, hair and wardrobe collaborate for a total look. Here, “she looks like a bland bureaucrat — while brandishing a crowbar!” says costume designer Katie Irish.
To help “find the darkness” in her character, Russell says, “they put Elizabeth in these little boy wigs that were a bit scary.” Wearing this, she watches a spy being incinerated!
“They were fun sometimes,” Russell allows of her collection of hairdos and don’ts. This sophisticated coif aided Elizabeth in passing as a Mary Kay saleswoman.
By the end of the penultimate round, which featured this seductive fashion-buyer alter ego, Russell had worn 40 disguises (some repeats) to Rhys’s 42.
This dowdy, oh-so-’80s red perm—which transformed Elizabeth into a mousy night nurse—can surely take a place of honor on the list of wigs Russell calls “very ugly.”
What will you miss more about departing drama, The Americans: Soviet agents Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell) — or the many, many wigs that aided them in their Cold War spy game?
Plus, he gets nostalgic about his six seasons alongside TV wife Keri Russell.
Let’s bow our heads and remember a few favorites. Click through the gallery above!
The Americans, Series Finale, Wednesday, May 30, 10/9c, FX