Welcome to Brothers and Sisters Web, your resource for the show Brothers & Sisters. Running on ABC from 2006-2011, this is the place for most up to date information, spoilers, screencaps as well as photos, news and screencaptures of the cast and their other projects, as well as a celebration of all things Walker.
Matthew Rhys may be a star in America but he’s hardly known in his homeland. That’s about to change. Currently playing a spy in The Americans on ITV every Saturday, and before that a gay Republican in another US show, Brothers & Sisters, the 38-year-old Welshman left our shores to find fame in the US. Now he’s back to play none other than Mr Darcy in Death Comes to Pemberley, an adaptation of PD James’s sequel to Pride and Prejudice. Coming to BBC1 later this year, it tells the story of Elizabeth Bennet and her dishy husband six years after they married.
Those who are familiar with his work, however, may be surprised to learn he’s neither American nor gay. “Oh! My! God!” he screeches in an LA accent, gleefully impersonating the many fans he’s had to disenchant in his adopted hometown. “You’re not even American! Next you’re going to tell me you’re not gay!” He mimes acute awkwardness.
For someone who has perfected his Stateside drawl, how does he feel about stepping into the tails and breeches of quintessential Englishman Fitzwilliam Darcy – and, perhaps more dauntingly, the boots of Colin Firth whose smouldering performance is seared in the memories of women of a certain age?
“Playing an iconic literary hero is always a little problematic,” he admits, reverting to his Cardiff lilt. “Coupled with that, the fact that the aforesaid iconic literary figure has been immortalised by Academy award-winner Colin Firth makes for a louder gulp.”
Then there’s the small matter of his Welshness: “Strangely, I find an American accent easier than a posh English one as I always feel a lot more of a fake playing RP. I feel like I’m being Lord Snooty or that Harry Enfield character,” he adds, referring to Enfield’s horsey comic creation Tim Nice-But-Dim.
I’ve uploaded a few photos of Maxwell Perry Cotton at the premiere of his new movie”Elysium” – remember it opens tomorrow!
In case you didn’t know, Maxwell Perry Cotton (Cooper) is in Elysium this Friday in theaters – he’s playing “Young Max” which is the younger version of Matt Damon’s character!
The drama surrounding a family’s adult siblings, Brothers & Sisters, is set to air on SABC3 from Thursday, 8 August at 22:00. The series is a captivating, new one-hour primetime drama from executive producers Ken Olin and playwright Jon Robin Baitz about the California-based Walker family.
In it, viewers will meet a collection of incredibly intertwined and somewhat damaged adult siblings who embrace one another unconditionally while striving to reflect the perceived perfection of their role model parents. In the days ahead, they will navigate waves of temptation, deception and grief.
Notable TV roles: Philip Jennings, The Americans (FX); Kevin Walker, Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
Aside from Brothers & Sisters, Matthew Rhys was largely unproven until this season’s debut of The Americans. It didn’t take long for us to become fans, however; in a nice contrast to Keri Russell’s emotional brick-wall, Rhys’ Mischa Philip Jennings is an open book.
Where his wife is steadfast in her loyalty, Philip is the conflicted one, which gives Rhys a ton to work with. Even when he’s shopping in the mall you can sense a longing for a normal life. But 20 minutes later, he’s kicking ass. Welcome to the club of middle-aged emotionally conflicted antiheroes, sir.
Matthew Rhys, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Rhys Ifans were this morning made honorary fellows of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Joining the stars was former college student Tim Routledge creator of lighting for last year’s Olympic opening and closing ceremonies and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.
Arriving to receive his honour at the ceremony at Cardiff’s St David’s Hall Matthew LA-based Rhys said he was delighted to be back in his home town.
The actor, currently appearing in ITV Cold War drama The Americans, said: “I always like coming back and to come for an occasion like this is a real honour.”
He joked that being made honorary fellow of the RWCMD was ‘the closest thing I’ll get to a real education’ and said he was looking forward to celebrating with fish and chips.
The honorees for the 2014 Hollywood Walk of Fame have been set — and two will be receiving their stars posthumously.
Rapper Tupac Shakur and comedian Phil Hartman will be honored on the Walk of Fame, which recognizes professionals in film, television, radio and recording industries, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced. (Shakur died in 1996 at 25; Hartman died in 1998 at 49.)
For motion pictures, Orlando Bloom, Ray Dolby, Sally Field, Jack H. Harris, Jessica Lange, Matthew McConaughey, Liam Neeson, Paul Mazursky and Tom Sherak will be recognized.
ETonline: Looking back on season one, how do you feel the promise of the series lived up to what made it to the screen?
Matthew Rhys: I was very proud of the season and that can be rare for me to say. I’ve said this a lot, but the greatest attraction for me was the relationship between Phillip and Elizabeth and the arc played out the way I hoped it would. I think that took a number of lovely, rollercoaster-istic twists and turns as they navigated the mire that is this complicated relationship. They tended to miss each other at those key moments and that push/pull keeps it interesting for both the audience and the actor.
ETonline: Obviously Elizabeth & Phillip’s marriage is the core, but I found his relationship with Martha equal parts exhilarating and devastating. Clearly she loved him deeply, but, from your point of view, was any of that real for Phillip?
Rhys: In my mind it was a ruse the entire time. He’s so invested in what’s happening with Elizabeth, so when he voices that defection desire in the first episode and sees how much vehemence it’s met with, he’s forced to start playing an incredibly long game if she’s his ultimate goal. And so he backs off everything and kind of lets their own life dictate what will happen in hopes it becomes what he wants it to. And you saw that by the end of the season Phillip could say, “Look at how the net is tightening around us!” The missions almost started to do the talking for him.