The actress, who starred on the ’90s variety show for three seasons as a teenager, told W Magazine that she considers herself to be the “least talented” member of its star-studded lineup, which included triple threats Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and Ryan Gosling, among others.
“I was there at a time when there were a lot of famous kids there. And I say this completely truthfully: I was literally the least talented one there,” Russell revealed. “I’m not kidding. When I look at those kids, I’m like, why in the world did they pick me? Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling and Britney Spears. It was wild.”
She also noted that she still keeps in touch with her fellow Mouseketeers Ilana Miller and Lindsey Alley, who remain “my best friends.”
Russell joined the All-New Mickey Mouse Club, also known as MMC, when she was 15 in 1991 and continued to star on the show for the next three years alongside fellow castmates JC Chasez, Dale Godboldo, Rhona Bennett, Josh Ackerman, and Nikki Deloach. The Disney Channel series, which released new episodes Monday through Friday at the height of its popularity, would see its energetic cast perform a blend of musical performances and sketch comedy routines.
The Americans star previously praised her fellow castmates while visiting The Kelly Clarkson Show in February.