Keri Russell spent last Mother’s Day roughing it in the woods


Entertainment / Monday, May 14th, 2018


Running Wild With Bear Grylls

Monday, 10 p.m., NBC

Keri Russell wasn’t served breakfast in bed last Mother’s Day. Instead, she slept on a bed made of pine needles and dined on grilled crickets. It was one year ago that Russell, 42, jetted to the Canary Islands for a few days of canyon-rappelling with outdoorsman Bear Grylls. However, Russell’s real-life partner, her co-star on “The Americans,” Matthew Rhys, did give her a present to open on the plane ride there. “Matthew had bought one of those survival necklaces to keep medicine or something in the vial — and put inside a tiny little picture of all three kids and a handwritten note from [her son] River that just said, ‘Don’t die,’” she told The Post via e-mail. “Really made me laugh.”

Russell shared more stories about her excursion off the coast of northwestern Africa.

Did you know what to expect on your trip?
I was most surprised by how physical it was. I thought I’d have to do a little hike or something and that they’d kind of let me fake the rest. That was definitely not the case.

What was Matthew’s reaction about you doing Bear’s show?
Pure, unadulterated jealousy. Matthew is obsessed with all things Army, Special Forces (which Bear was) and tough-guy, outdoor stuff. The idea that I got asked to do it before him when he loves all of it so much was, I’m sure, a bummer. But he 100 percent told me to go for it.

Keri Russell and Bear Grylls
Keri Russell (left) somehow finds humor in a gross dinner prepared by Bear Grylls (right).Ben Simms/NBC

You scaled cliffs. Do you have a fear of heights?
I wouldn’t say I have a fear of heights, but I don’t think you realize how intense it is once you’re actually that high. There was definitely some choice language to get me through. That, and purely pride. I didn’t want to be acting like a wimp on television.

What was the most difficult part?
An uphill climb toward the end. I kept thinking: Surely, some strapping, handsome, military-looking guys will step in and pull me up the rest of the way. But no, I had to push through and climb up. Sweating. Shaking. Hoping someone had a beer for me back at camp.

What was the most fun?
Just the true adventure of it all. Not knowing. No phones. Being out in nature and really having to push myself physically. And when Bear and I made out in the tent at night (kidding!).

You tried a “stew” that Bear made with rabbit “poop” and partially digested seeds from a dead bird’s stomach. Was that really rabbit poop?
He said he boiled out the bad stuff.

And how were the crickets the next morning?
By that point, they were delicious!

In the episode, you say your son River “willed” you to do the show. How did he convince you?
He just told me I had to do it. And I desperately wanted him to think I was cool.

Does he think you’re a badass now?
I don’t think so. (Isn’t that f—ed up?!) Being a mom is such a thankless job.

— Eric Hegedüs

Keri Russell
Ben Simms/NBC

And here’s what else to watch this week:

13 Reasons Why

Friday, Netflix
The controversial series about Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), a teenager who commits suicide after being sexually assaulted, is back. Will her assailant get his comeuppance? Co-starring Justin Prentice and Christian Navarro.

Saturday Night Live

Saturday, 11: 30 p.m., NBC
Season finale. Tina Fey will host and campaign for a Tony Award for “Mean Girls.” Nicki Minaj is the musical guest.

Harry and Meghan: A Royal Romance

Sunday, 8 p.m., Lifetime
The fairy-tale romance of Prince Harry (Murray Fraser) and Meghan Markle (Parisa Fitz-Henley) is recounted in this earnest film. Set up by mutual friends, they kept their fledgling romance under wraps — no easy task considering his stature and her TV career. Co-starring Steve Coulter as Prince Charles and Laura Mitchell as Kate Middleton.

Black-ish

Tuesday, 9 p.m., ABC
Season finale. Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) are living separate lives and switching off with the kids. They start to realize how much they relied on each other and how hard it is being on their own. Dre gets his sleek, ultramodern LA canyon house with all the amenities, and Bow doesn’t think it’s suitable for the kids.

Riverdale

Wednesday, 8 p.m., The CW
Season finale. With Fred (Luke Perry) trailing in the polls, Archie (K.J. Apa) steps in to lend a hand in his dad’s mayoral campaign. Veronica (Camila Mendes) stays one step ahead after uncovering Hiram’s (Mark Consuelos) latest scheme. Elsewhere, Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) finalizes her parental emancipation while FP (Skeet Ulrich) makes a surprising announcement to Jughead (Cole Sprouse). Finally, Betty (Lili Reinhart) confronts her darkest demons.

Fahrenheit 451

Saturday, 8 p.m., HBO
Guy Montag (Michael B. Jordan) is a fireman in a futuristic society that doesn’t put fires out but instead burns books, films, sheet and recorded music. An encounter with a rebellious young woman makes Montag question what he’s been doing, but puts him under the watchful eye of his commander at the firehouse (Michael Shannon).

Little Women

Sunday, 8 p.m., PBS
The Louisa May Alcott classic follows the March sisters — Jo (Maya Hawke), Meg (Willa Fitzgerald, below center), Beth (Annes Elwy) and Amy (Kathryn Newton, below far left) — from childhood to adulthood. With the help of their mother, Marmee (Emily Watson, below far right), the girls deal with sibling rivalry and first love, loss and marriage.

Keri Russell spent last Mother’s Day roughing it in the woods
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