For Disney, she was part of The Mickey Mouse Club from seasons 4 to 6 (1991-1994), and played Mandy Park in the 1992 Disney film, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid. She also portrayed Jill Hastings in the 2008 Disney family fantasy-comedy film, Bedtime Stories. In addition, she played Sandra in the live action Clerks TV pilot. She even played Zorii Bliss in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Russell's other film credits include Mission: Impossible III, Waitress, August Rush, Extraordinary Measures, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Free State of Jones. Russell also starred as KGB agent Elizabeth Jennings on the FX spy thriller series The Americans (2013–2018), for which she was nominated for Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe Awards. She appeared in other shows, like Boy Meets World, 7th Heaven, Married...With Children, Scrubs, and Arrested Develepoment.