'Americans' star Keri Russell: Premiere will have steamy, 'incriminating' scenes

It's no secret that Keri Russell's hit FX show "The Americans" returns for a second season Wednesday night, but not many details have emerged. Leave it up to TODAY anchors Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie to get to the bottom of things with some special interrogation techniques when the actress stopped by the show Wednesday morning.

As Guthrie held up a desk lamp into the Golden Globe winner's face, Lauer declared, "You're a KGB spy! ... I need some intel here."

He got it. For one thing, Russell promised the show's already-steamy sex scenes were getting steamier. "There are some incriminating scenes tonight," she grinned.

She also spilled about her character, a Soviet spy fake-married to another Soviet spy (Matthew Rhys) in 1980s America, and who later fell for one another.

"We start this season, there's a much more unified front with the marriage, the marriage is very real now," she said. "If last season was sort of a metaphor on marriage and how complicated it is, I feel like this season is a metaphor for family, keeping outside forces out."

That said, it's not exactly a conventional marriage. Each of them has to cozy up to their "assets" to get what they need as spies. "You're always using your sexuality to get secrets or to get information," she said.

In the end, it was Russell who got something special from Lauer: a pin he received while covering the Olympics in Sochi. But it wasn't just any Olympics pin. It's one that fits Russell's character just right. The words? "KGB/Sochi 2014/Still Watching You."

The second season of "The Americans" premieres Wednesday night at 10 p.m. on FX.

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    The actress found stardom on the series "Felicity" and went on to a successful career in film and television.

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    Actress Keri Russell attends The 66th Annual Writers Guild Awards East Coast Ceremony at The Edison Ballroom in New York on Feb. 1, 2014.

    The 37-year-old actress got her start on the "All-New Mickey Mouse Club" in 1991, and later found fame as the title character in the WB series "Felicity."

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    Russell poses with, from left, Noah Emmerich, Joel Fields, Joe Weisberg and Matthew Rhys at "The Americans" season two premiere at the Paris Theater in New York on Feb. 24, 2014.

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    Russell (Elizabeth Jennings) and Matthew Rhys (Philip Jennings) are deep undercover KGB spies in a scene from the FX drama "The Americans."

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    Russell stars with Bret McKenzie in a scene from the film "Austenland," which was included in the U.S. dramatic film competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. According to IMDb, Russell's Jane Hayes is a woman obsessed with "Pride and Prejudice," so she travels to a Jane Austen theme park in search of the perfect gentleman.

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    Russell arrives at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Aug. 29, 2010.

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    Will Arnett and Russell are shown in 2010 in a scene from the premiere season of the Fox series "Running Wilde."

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    Brendan Fraser and Russell are shown in a scene from the 2010 film "Extraordinary Measures." Russell has 20 film titles to her credit.

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    Russell arrives at the 80th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., on Feb. 24, 2008.

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    Russell stars as cellist Lyla Novacek in the 2007 film "August Rush."

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    Russell is Jenna and Andy Griffith is Joe in the 2007 comedy-drama "Waitress."

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    In 2006's "Mission: Impossible III," Russell stars as Lindsey Farris alongside action superstar Tom Cruise in the role of IMF agent Ethan Hunt.

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    The haircut that rocked the world! Russell debuted a new shorter hairstyle in 1999, after the first season of the popular television hit "Felicity," in which she played the title character. Ratings declined and after the fallout TV Guide even put the hair change on its list of "25 Biggest TV Blunders."

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    Russell poses with her award for best actress in a leading role -- drama series for "Felicity" at the 56th Annual Golden Globes Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 24, 1999.

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    Russell stars with Scott Speedman and Scott Foley in "Felicity." The series followed Felicity Porter's experiences as she attends college in New York, across the country from her California home. In 2007, the series was named by TIME as one of the 100 Best TV Shows of All-Time.

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    Russell dances with other members of the "Mickey Mouse Club" in 1993.

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