‘Americans’ star an ideal fit as Russian dual agent

‘ The Americans’ finale answered a complete great deal of concerns

As soon as the producers of “The Americans” decided that Russian figures were planning to talk Russian therefore the show would utilize subtitles, Adam Arkin, whom directed three episodes when you look at the show’s very first period, went on the net and began shopping for actors.

“I happened to be actually conscious that your decision would definitely reduce our skill pool,” he says.

Arkin went onto and discovered the reel of a actress he’d never ever been aware of: Annet Mahendru.

“Most associated with product had been light comedy, and she ended up being talking English. It had been clear she ended up being talented,” Arkin claims.

In a few pieces regarding the reel, Mahendru had been Russian that is speaking Arkin had been addicted. He brought her towards the manufacturers’ attention.

“She was able to be gorgeous and complex-looking. It absolutely was perfect for the part,” he claims.

Mahendru doesn’t have a typical actor’s background. She ended up being a hard-core scholastic before switching gears. Created in Kabul, Afghanistan, she’s lived in Russia, Germany and Nassau County. Not just does she speak Russian and English, she additionally talks German, French, Farsi and Hindi.

After graduating from St. John’s University with a bachelor’s level in English, she taught to be considered a diplomat at NYU’s worldwide Affairs system.

Annet Mahendru NY Post/Anne Wermiel

Her father was a journalist whom lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, and penned for some newspapers that are russian.

This back ground made her the perfect choice to play Nina on “The People in the us.”

“I think they thought I happened to be a genuine spy,” she claims. “That’s how i obtained the component.”

Nina is a trained kgb agent working at the Soviet Embassy in Washington, DC. Continue reading