Actress AMY RUSS Gets Tangled in a Sisterly Situation in All-New Episode of NBC Drama Series ‘RISE’

NEW YORK (March 15, 2018) – Actress Amy Russ gets tangled in a sisterly situation as ‘Carol Gordon’ in an all-new episode of the new NBC drama series, RISE, airing on April 3, 2018.


From Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood) and Jeffrey Seller (Hamilton), RISE follows dedicated teacher Lou Mazzuchelli (Josh Radnor), as he sheds his own self-doubt and takes over the school's lackluster theatre department. In the process, he galvanizes not only the faculty and students but the entire conservative, working-class town. Russ enters the storyline as Lou’s lesbian sister-in-law Carol Gordon, who has taken a different and more successful path than her sister, Gail (Marley Shelton).


Russ was thrilled at the opportunity to be part of this new forward-thinking series, adding "It showcases family dynamics the audience can relate to. And, it’s so refreshing that my character’s storyline isn’t about being a lesbian. Her orientation is a non-issue, and one of the many reasons I’m so happy I got to be a part of this project.”


Up next, Russ heads to Netflix appearing alongside Paul Giamatti in the film, Private Life, directed by Tamara Jenkins (The Savages, Slums of Beverly Hills). The film centers around an author (Kathryn Hahn) who is undergoing multiple fertility therapies to get pregnant, putting her relationship with her husband (Giamatti) on edge.

Based in New York, Russ has been building a solid reputation in the industry for years. She has appeared in numerous film and television projects, including Divorce, Orange is the New Black, The Blacklist, Royal Pains, The Sopranos, Till Proven Innocent and Oscar nominated film The Post. She has brought to life juicy roles on-stage at well-respected theatres, such as New Rep, Atlantic Stage, Soho Rep, New World Stages, The Belt Theatre and more. She is also proud to have been a part of the USO, singing for veterans and active military at Walter Reed and the Bob Hope Center.

Russ first honed her craft at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, before studying with renowned teachers Matt Newton, Tim Phillips, Caryn West, Ted Sluberski, and the late Gene Frankel. She is also a self-confessed computer geek. Not only did she teach herself how to code HTML by hand, but she turned it into a thriving side-business, the web design company, and shares tips with fellow actors as an Expert Contributor at

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(photographer: Lauren Toub)