Magazine article Variety

Holly Taylor: "It Was Always a Dream of Mine for Paige to Kick Butt."

Magazine article Variety

Holly Taylor: "It Was Always a Dream of Mine for Paige to Kick Butt."

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Holly Taylor doesn't portray the average 16-year-old girl in "The Americans." As Paige Jennings, the daughter of two KGB spies, she must come to terms with her lineage. The fifth season of the FX series finds her getting more involved in the action, and one step closer to choosing her own future. Taylor speaks with Variety about the character's growth and what viewers can expect from the show's final two seasons.

What originally attracted you to "The Americans"?

At the time I was auditioning for quite a few things. It was pilot season, and it was overwhelming. I actually forgot about ["The Americans"], because they didn't contact me for a while after I sent my audition in. When they did contact me, I thought there was something very different about the show. Keri Russell seemed really nice, and it just seemed like a smart, good project.

One of your executive producers, Joseph Weisberg, is an ex-CIA officer. Do you feel that's helped add a layer of authenticity to the show?

I think it probably has. But Joe and [executive producer] Joel Fields are so dedicated to the project and to that time period, I feel even if he wasn't in the CIA he would still speak Still, when [Joe] did jÉjûJheB CIA, they made him swear he wasn't just joining to write about it, so it's kind of ironic that he ended up doing exactly what he swore he wasn't going to do. …

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