Keri Russell Takes Turn As Cover Girl

NEW YORK (July 11, 2006) — Keri Russell may have been a tomboy growing up, and TV audiences know her as a college coed on the TV series “Felicity.” But now she’s gone glam as a CoverGirl.

The 30-year-old actress joins Christie Brinkley and Queen Latifah as a spokesmodel for the venerable beauty brand. The new TV ad for Outlast Double Lipshine debuts this month, and the print ad will be in August magazines.

Being a makeup model isn’t what Russell expected in her career. This is only the second commercial she has starred in, other than promotions for her various movie and television roles.

“When I first started, I did do a commercial for a deodorant or something. I don’t even think it aired. This is the first thing I’ve done like this. It’s a lot less stressful than doing a film. This takes two days, not a few months or the whole year of a television show,” she told The Associated Press recently.

But the CoverGirl shoot wasn’t just about looking pretty. Russell describes the TV ad more as a mini action movie, in which she fights a group of ninjas. Looking pretty, of course.

Thanks to her role in “Mission: Impossible III,” Russell says, she probably knew more about the stunts than applying makeup.

Brinkley, a CoverGirl for 30 years, is in some ways her role model in the beauty world, Russell says. “Fresh and natural _ it’s what she is, too. … I’m not really the sexy vixen type.”

She’d rather be in jeans and sneakers than the stream of designer evening gowns she wears on the red carpet. “When I find a dress I really like, I say, `Can’t I wear this dress again? It’s really pretty.’ I guess it doesn’t work like that. I’m learning.”

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