Matthew Rhys shares Hollywood fears

Matthew Rhys loves being a British star in Hollywood, although he jokes that one day the Americans will "revolt" against them.

Matthew Rhys has joked he is waiting for Hollywood to “kick out” the current crop of British stars.

The 38-year-old actor is best known as Kevin Walker in Brothers & Sisters, and as Dylan Thomas in The Edge of Love.

Matthew – who is currently starring in FX drama series The Americans – says despite his impressive credentials he still doesn’t feel a part of the Hollywood TV world.

“I’m still waiting for someone on set to say, ‘Oi Rhys! Get out of here!’ But there are loads of us Brits doing American telly: Jonny Lee Miller in Elementary, Hugh Dancy in Hannibal, Damian Lewis in Homeland, James Purefoy in The Happening…. Holy sh*t, there are quite a few of us aren’t there?” he quipped in an interview with British magazine Heat.

“There’s going to be a revolution and they’ll kick us all out. There are American actors who say to me, ‘Oh God, not another f**king Brit!’”

Many US viewers don’t even realise Matthew is Welsh. The star plays Phillip Jennings in The Americans – a character who disguises his accent quite well.

“I don’t think so,” he said when asked if American viewers realise he’s not one of them.

“And, of course, in this show I’m a Russian pretending to be an American, so I’ve got that excuse!”

Matthew added that he appreciates the ’80s songs on the series soundtrack.

“Well, that big opening scene in the first episode was always supposed to be set to Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk, which I think works really well. And I love the way they use In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins in the big love scene in the car in that episode,” he said.

“Some people might think it’s a bit blatant, but I love it.”
Copyright: Cover Media 2013

Sunday, 02. June 2013