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From the time when Rachel Brosnahan first showed up on our screens as Midge, the 50’s housewife-turned-standup comedian in the Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, to when she won the Golden Globe in January for her breakthrough performance, the actress has seemed a natural for creator Amy Sherman-Palladino’s quick-fire one-liners. Which is why it’s a little surprising to hear just how terrified Brosnahan was of her turn to comedy after appearances in deadly serious dramas like House of Cards. Here, catch up with the Emmy nominee as she explains why she some of that Sasha Fierce courage whenever she has to go onstage on Mrs. Maisel, the second season of which is still in production.
Do you remember a time when you did not want to be an actress?
No. There was never a time when I didn’t want to be an actress, I don’t think. Maybe when I was an infant, but probably still then also.
Were you a theatrical child?
I was kind of a shy kid, actually. I read a lot. I had my face in a book all the time, but I had a big imagination.
What was the first job you auditioned for?
My first audition ever was for a voiceover for a rehab facility in central Illinois. I did [book it].
Was there an audition for the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel?
There was definitely an audition; there were a few of them. The first one was pretty standard. I came in for just a casting director in a small room not completely unlike this one that I’m in now, and read a couple of scenes. And then a couple weeks later, I went out to L.A. to read with/for Amy [Sherman-Palladino] and Dan [Palladino] and our L.A. casting director Jeanie Bacharach.
And did you dress the part a little bit?
A little bit. I tried not to. I can’t really do my own hair and makeup, so anything in that department was kind of a disaster. But for my first audition, I think I wore this little yellow shirt that I thought was adorable but then they asked me to change for my second audition. [Laughs.] So, it wasn’t as adorable as I thought.
How much do you think the costumes are apart of the character in Mrs. Maisel?
The costumes are a huge part. Midge’s outer appearance is something she takes an enormous amount of pride in, something that makes her feel good and gives her a purpose. It’s the first thing the world sees and it means a lot to her. The costumes are huge on our show and our costume designer Donna Zakowska is a freaking crazy genius lady and everything that falls out of her brain is more brilliant than the last thing. She just continues to outdo herself, and it’s become such an important part of the show, and of this woman.
Do you have to wear a girdle?
I have to wear a corset, but fun fact about the corset: I used to wear a corset that was called the Krakowski because it had originally been designed for Jane Krakowski. And this season, now we have the Brosnahan, which was designed in Paris when we went out to shoot there for a little bit. So I have my very own corset now. I’m in the big leagues. [Laughs.]
How does it feel? Has it changed your posture, your body?
Yeah, at first, when we first started shooting the first couple episodes of the first season, I felt like I couldn’t think about anything but the fact that I was in a corset. I couldn’t move, I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t eat. And I got used to it over time, which is sort of disturbing but also great.
And then, this season, with the new one, it’s a little bit different than the former corset. I like it, it’s supportive and… I’m not wearing a corset to make me smaller. I’m wearing a corset to slightly change the shape of my waist to match the 1950’s. So, the clothes in the 50’s, the waist was a little bit lower than it was in the 40’s and my natural waist is kind of high, so that’s the reason I have a corset on. But I do find it changes the way I stand and sit and walk. And between the corset and the petticoats and the tights and these beautiful, beautiful costumes, and hair and makeup, I feel completely transformed when I walk out of the trailer. That’s my favorite part about being an actor—it always has been. And I’m so lucky to be on a show where I get to do that so completely every day.
Were you nervous about doing the comedy?
Was I nervous? [Laughs.] I’m still nervous every single day. Comedy is horrifying, it’s absolutely terrifying, it’s the worst thing I could possibly imagine anyone doing to themselves. And by the same token, it’s the most thrilling and most exhilarating and most bold and brave thing I could possibly imagine. I can’t claim to have ever really experienced what it’s like to do stand up, because real stand up, you’re out there as yourself and you’re pouring your soul out, or some part of your soul out, for a laugh. And on our show, I don’t have to be me, I’m playing a character.
But she’s pouring her soul out.
She is, yeah, but the lines are written for me. The brilliant jokes are written for me—but it’s still horrifying. It’s stage fright like I’ve never experienced, but one of the cool things about the show is that I get to grow along with Midge on this journey towards becoming a comedian.
I’ve learned a lot through the process, too, alongside her about somethings that Susie says to Midge about listening to an audience and responding with your audience and looking out at the crowd and really taking them in and the way that you carry yourself on stage—the way you walk, when you pause.and I’m learning a lot about the more technical side as we go on.
Do you think you’d ever go up and do stand up on your own?
Absolutely not. Nope. No, no, no, never. No, there are a whole host of things I’d rather do … No. [Laughs.]
But when you do it, do you feel you’re channeling something when you’re onstage doing the stand up scenes? Because they’re very interesting.
Really, I get to channel Midge but it feels like a little bit of a Sasha Fierce thing, you know? I do a lot of power posing in my dressing room in my corset and petticoats by myself, sort of trying to draw the confidence from somewhere. But yeah, it’s so cool, and I get to have so many scene partners in those scenes. Our background actors who are in the club with me, they’re extraordinary. They give everything to me while I’m up on stage and they are equally a part of those scenes either succeeding or falling flat and I’m eternally grateful for every new group of actors we have in those scenes.
So, growing up, what was your favorite TV show?
These answers are going to be very highbrow, but I really loved the Rugrats. I also really loved—there was this show on Noggin called Ghostwriter, and I loved it. It was about a bunch of kids my age solving mysteries. It was like a lot of the books I loved to read.
Did you have a favorite film?
[Laughs.] I really loved Austin Powers.
Your parents let you watch it? How old were you?
Too young, maybe. My dad really loved Austin Powers and… This is so silly, but I have such fond memories of watching Austin Powers with my whole family in the living room. My dad, because my brother and I were maybe a little on the young side, anytime they said bad words or something inappropriate, my dad would sort of go [clears throat] through the whole thing. He just loved it. Couldn’t get enough.
When did you tell your parents you wanted to be an actress?
Formally, probably when I was about 17. Right at that point where you’re in school and everybody starts talking about the SATs and the ACTs and where you want to go to college, and I think that was when I really realized I didn’t have any other interests, or any other viable job options.
Well, you were only 17.
That’s right, yeah. It’s so hard to know… It’s still so crazy to me that at 17 you’re supposed to decide what you want to do for the rest of your life. But I think I was pretty certain about it then, and here we are now. It’s working out okay. [Laughs.]
Who was your cinematic crush then or now?
Oh gosh, now I have so many. Colin Firth. I love Colin Firth. I’ve never seen Mamma Mia, but I loved him in Bridget Jones’s Diary, Pride and Prejudice. And I mean, Frances McDormand is my forever screen crush.
When you were little, who did you have a crush on?
Well, I had kind of obscure taste. Fred Durst. From Limp Bizkit. Yeah, yeah, I had a poster of him that I ripped out of J-14 above my bed. I dug him. [Laughs.]
So you were a bit of a head banger as well?
No, no. I just think I thought he looked cool.
You liked tattoos?
I still love tattoos. I loved tattoos then, I still love them now. I don’t have any, though. There’s still time.
What was the first album you ever bought?
I think the first album I ever bought … Was Samantha Mumba too late? When was Samantha Mumba? I really loved Samantha Mumba. I wish I could remember any of her songs now, but I can remember exactly what the cover of her album looked like. I think that probably was the first CD I bought with my own money. The cover of her album was orange. She had a great outfit on it, that’s all I remember. I remember holding that CD and I kept it with me for such a long time. It meant a lot, the first one you buy yourself with allowance or babysitting money.
I also had a lot of, you know, Backstreet Boys, Aaron Carter, 98 Degrees.
I was a Backstreet girl, no NSYNC. That felt like sacrilege. You can’t like them both.
What is your karaoke song?
Well, singing scares the f—ing living daylights out of me, so I don’t karaoke much. “I Will Always Love You” [by Whitney Houston] is really good and gets better the drunker you are. I love “Open Arms.” Journey’s always good. The Spice Girls. Oh, that was another album. I had all the Spice Girls albums. That’s a good karaoke song. Also gets better the drunker you get.
Most karaoke gets better the drunker you get.
That’s true. You get fearless.
Exactly. And where was your first kiss?
Oh my God. My first kiss was… Well, I don’t count this one, but my first actual kiss was in an Embassy Suites hotel room. My cousin and I met some boys and we were playing truth or dare and we sort of had a weird quick little kiss, but I don’t count that one. My first real kiss was in a slide on a playground with a boy that I liked when I was about 12 or 13.
That’s so cute.
We were in the middle of it. We managed to stop somehow in one of those big, tubular slides. It was very cute. It was yellow.
Wow, how romantic. Did he become your boyfriend?
No. [Laughs.] It was just a little crush. I was too young to have a real… I guess, now you’re not too young, but I felt too young then to have a real boyfriend. He was my sort of just my crush, and we kissed a little. I never told anyone that.
What’s your favorite Halloween costume you’ve ever had?
Well, so on the Austin Powers theme, when I was in fourth grade, I went as Vanessa Kensington.
Yeah, and my mom made the costume for me. It was silver and had a little halter neck and some boots, some knee-highs. And I had my hair in like a cute little bump. People had no idea who I was. Nobody has any idea, I was explaining it all day long. It was epic, though.
Source: W Magazine
Following a first season in which it earned a Golden Globe for best musical or comedy TV series and 14 Emmy nominations, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is going “big” with its second season.
The producers and cast of the series took a break from filming the dramedy and gathered Saturday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills to discuss what’s in store when the drama returns for its sophomore outing.
For the uninitiated, the series is set in the late 1950s and revolves around Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan), a Jewish housewife who embarks on the world of stand-up comedy after her marriage hits the skids. The series also stars Alex Borstein, as Midge’s comedy manager and mentor of sorts, and Michael Zegen, who plays Midge’s on-the-outs husband.
The series hails from “Gilmore Girls” mastermind Amy Sherman-Palladino, who also serves as an executive producer with husband Daniel Palladino.
While a premiere date has not yet been announced for the second season, here’s what we learned about what to expect:
Go big or go home
“Season 2 is big,” said Sherman-Palladino. “We feel like we’ve got, for the first time in our career, the support from the brass, the actors — we have all of the pieces to go big or go home.”
Sherman-Palladino also acknowledged the sophomore outing carries added pressure in the wake of the awards recognition and acclaim from its debut. But they’re also managing the built-in pressure.
“We have such an amazing group of actors, and when you have a group of actors of this caliber, that means the stories and the scripts and the dialogue have to be of a certain caliber or we’re doing a disservice,” she said. “So that is a self-imposed nausea that’s always there.”
Nothing good lasts forever
While Midge ended the first season on a triumphant note as she found her footing as a stand-up comedian, don’t expect it to be all fun and games. “Good things can’t last long,” Brosnahan said.
The series will explore how Midge and Joel navigate co-parenting as they figure out the parameters of their relationship.
“They will never be able to be without each other in some capacity, and [that] creates a dramatic tension,” Brosnahan said.
And Joel will grapple with seeing Midge succeed in a way he couldn’t.
“He’s kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place because on the one hand he loves Midge and he saw that she was really talented, but on the other hand, it’s a big blow to his ego that she’s really talented,” Zegen said.
Time doesn’t stand still
The series will have a “bit of reflection of the politics that are going on” in its 1950s setting through Midge.
“We are dramatizing a woman’s struggle at a time when she wasn’t supposed to have that voice or make those changes,” Sherman-Palladino said. “Women are still trying to break out of that box — hooray for no progress from the ’50s.”
Source: LA Times
Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino’s quirky Amazon comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is usually summed up as that show about a spunky 1950s New York housewife (Rachel Brosnahan) who accidently discovers she’s a stand-up prodigy.
But Sherman-Palladino stresses that the series, the first season of which has received recognition from both the Golden Globes and the Emmys, is much deeper than that.
“We don’t consider this, really, a show about stand-up comedy,” Sherman-Palladino told journalists Saturday during the Television Critics Association’s biannual press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. “[Dan and I] think about it as a show about a particular woman and her going from one life to another life. When her life explodes, it explodes everyone else’s around it. We’re so focused on that, that we’re not really trying to tell the entire world of stand-up comedy.”
As we prepare for the second season, Sherman-Palladino reminds us that “we’re dramatizing a woman’s struggle at a time when she wasn’t supposed to have that voice.” Here are some other takeaways from the panel:
The Season One finale seemed to show Midge on the up-and-up. Will that be true in the second season?
“Good things can’t last long,” Brosnahan teases.
What does this mean for Midge’s manager, Susie Myerson (Alex Borstein)?
“While it’s Salieri finding her Mozart, it’s also exploding her world,” Borstein says. “She’s changing and she’s so excited… She’s finally found the great love of her life in Midge—in a larger sense, not in a romantic sense.”
What’s in the future for Midge’s on-again/off-again husband, Joel (Michael Zegen)?
“He’s stuck between a rock and a hard place because, on the one hand, he saw that Midge was really talented, and on the other, it’s a blow to his ego that she is this talented,” Zegen says, teasing that this dynamic of Midge succeeding at something he’s always wanted will be explored further in the second season.
Brosnahan says we’ll also see the two deal with “their attempts to co-parent” their young children.
Palladino says he and Sherman-Palladino “always knew that the very last moment of the second season’s eighth episode was going to be Joel saying, ‘She’s good.’”
Are the creators feeling the pressure to avoid a sophomore slump after the first season was such a big success?
“There’s a lot of pressure anyhow, because we have such an amazing group of actors,” says Sherman-Palladino. “When you have a group of actors of this caliber, that means that the stories and the scripts have to be at a certain caliber. That’s a self-imposed nausea that’s always there. And then, basically, we just decided that we just kind of had to go for it.”
She adds that Season Two is “big” and “we feel like we’ve got, for the first time in our career… we feel like we have all the pieces to go big or… We don’t go home. I haven’t been home in two years.”
Maisel is about a housewife who lets out her frustrations on stage and suddenly realizes she’s an amazing stand-up. Is this to say that all housewives would be good at stand-up comedy?
“They’d have a lot of material,” Brosnahan deadpans.
“Stand-up comedy is its own very strange world of desperation and pain and anger… It’s a tough gig,” Sherman-Palladino says. “[But] there’s only one Midge.”
How did the Sherman-Palladinos land such glorious costume and production designers?
“We were very lucky, because HBO had unexpectedly cancelled Vinyl, so there were a lot of extraordinarily talented people wandering the streets of New York thinking, ‘I thought I had a job and now I don’t have a job,’” Sherman-Palladino jokes. She says they grabbed any and everyone who was wearing a Vinyl crew shirt and looked sad, such as production designer Bill Groom and costume designer Donna Zakowska.
Kevin Pollack, who plays Midge’s father-in-law, has been upped to a series regular. He’s also an accomplished stand-up. Does that mean he chimes in for accuracy?
“For the first time in a very long time, I get to shut up,” he says modestly. “Because the material really is so ridiculous each and every time.”
He says that his friends in the stand-up community tell him how great Brosnahan is in the role, and that they’re shocked she doesn’t do stand-up herself.
How do the writers achieve the accuracy of these characters and time period?
Sherman-Palladino says that she grew up in this world: Her dad was a comic, she used to work at West Hollywood, Calif.’s famous The Comedy Store, and she knew comedians like Sally Marr, Lenny Bruce’s mother. They also have an “extremely qualified researcher” to find out if certain words were part of the vernacular in 1958.
Will the show depict any of the diversity in New York and the stand-up scene that was happening in the late 1950s?
“It’s a tricky thing, because, as writers, you want the diversity because you want to express the world,” Sherman-Palladino says. “Doing a show in 1959, you find out how divided things were.”
She says they assumed there would have been racial diversity in the stand-up world then, but “we’re finding not so much.” She says it’s a struggle because “what you don’t want to do is pretend like these problems didn’t exist,” but “as writers, you want these voices.”
The show has gotten both good and bad attention for its portrayal of Jewish people. How do the Sherman-Palladinos feel about that?
Palladino says they’ve gotten “really excited” feedback from older Jews, particularly because they will show parts of that culture without over-explaining them.
“The family happens to be Jewish,” he says. “There are some inaccuracies, but when [viewers] call us out on them, they kind of do it out of love… They’re trying to help us, as opposed to trying to catch us doing something wrong.”
Source: Paste Magazine
If you’ve been awaiting the return of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel ever since you finished bingeing season one, then the wait is almost over. The Amazon Prime series about Midge Maisel, a Jewish housewife in 1958 who discovers she has a knack for stand-up comedy after her husband leaves her, will return later this winter. “Season two is big,” cocreator and executive producer Amy Sherman-Palladino said at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Saturday. “We have all of the pieces to go big or go home, and we don’t go home. [In fact, we work so much] we haven’t been home in two years.”
The series—which was just nominated for 14 Emmy Awards, including Best Comedy as well as Best Actress for Rachel Brosnahan—is already a favorite of critics and fans, taking home the Golden Globe for Best Musical or Comedy Series as well as Best Actress for Brosnahan earlier this year. At the end of season one, Midge and her estranged husband Joel were nearly in a good place, but that was about to change once Joel discovered Midge has been performing stand-up comedy—his passion—and is actually quite good at it. “Eventually everybody is going to find out [about Midge’s new career ambitions],” cocreator and executive producer Daniel Palladino tells Glamour. “The trickiness of hiding that lifestyle is very, very hard to hide.”
So what else can you expect in season two? With only a few more months to go, here’s everything we know.
Season two will premiere later this year, hopefully in time for the holiday season. The show was originally picked up for 18 episodes, and eight aired as part of season one. Palladino confirmed to Glamour that season two will consist of 10 episodes. No official premiere date has been announced, but let’s just say that homemade latkes aren’t the only thing you’ll have to look forward to this Hanukkah.
There will be a bit of a time jump. “We do kind of jump ahead,” Palladino reveals. “We shifted some time and [just as in season one], we will jump back and forth, and we’re going to continue to do that in every season.” As for where the show picks up, Palladino won’t say much. But we do have a hint: “Midge will find out that Joel was at the club [for her stand-up act], and we’re going to deal with those ramifications,” she says.
Midge has a new job at the department store. In an exclusive clip shown to journalists at the Television Critics Assocation summer press tour, Midge has been demoted to the basement switchboard at B. Altman & Co. after her encounter with Penny on the main floor (you remember—when Penny called Midge a tramp for sleeping with her estranged husband). Midge’s new coworkers are enthralled by Midge’s can-do personality and ability to juggle 10 things at once. They also want to know more about her time working at the makeup counter, and she promises to tell them everything.
There’s trouble ahead for Midge. “We left Midge in a pretty triumphant moment [at the end of season one]. She’s finally arrived into Mrs. Maisel the stand-up comedian,” says Brosnahan. “I can’t say a whole lot about where she’s headed in season 2, but good things can’t last long.”
Susie Myerson finds her true love. “Joel and I end up having a torrid affair,” Alex Borstein (Myerson) jokes. “I’m sorry, that’s my fantasy. No, Susie is changing this season. She’s finally found the great love of her life, which is Midge, and I mean that in a larger sense. [Managing someone of her caliber] is her passion.”
Joel’s not going anywhere. Just because Joel and Midge split in season one, don’t expect the actor that plays Joel—Michael Zegen—to go anywhere. He has plenty of story next season, and you’ll see him try to coparent with Midge. “He’s stuck between a rock and a hard place,” Zegen says. “He loves Midge and he saw that she’s really talented [at comedy], but on the other hand, it’s a huge blow to his ego that she’s this talented.” Still, Zegen says, there’s a lot of love between Midge and Joel, even though he slept with another woman and treated her horribly. “[We meet him] at a very terrible time in his life, but he still loves Midge.” Adds Broshanan: “They will never be able to be without one another. It creates a wonderful, dramatic tension, and you get to explore the depths of their love in a lot of different capacities.”
Rose and Abe will face new challenges in their marriage. “Abe is this sort of old-fashioned man in 1959 who would have been very content for absolutely nothing to change,” Palladino says. “However, we’ve seen Rose searching and going to fortune tellers [hoping to expand her horizons]. There are cracks in her facade, and those cracks are just going to get bigger and bigger.”
Zachary Levi is joining the cast in a recurring role. Levi will recur as an eclectic Manhattan doctor who suddenly starts spending a lot of time with the Maisels and Weissmans, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Bonjour, Paris! When filming for season two began in March, some of the cast traveled to the City of Lights for various scenes. Brosnahan told Glamour that they filmed in “the most extraordinary locations” and had “the most beautiful sets.” While she remains tight-lipped on what brings Midge to Paris, Brosnahan says the only spoiler she can give is that a dog is involved in their overseas trip. “It was the best,” she smiles.
The show will give off some serious Dirty Dancing vibes. In June of 2018, Broshanan and Zegen posted various Instagram shots from upstate New York, which led to speculation that the show travels to a Catskills-esque location, à la Dirty Dancing. “A big part of the series is following the lifestyles of a Jewish family in the late ‘50s,” Palladino tells us. “That includes things like the Upper West Side, temple, and vacations and stuff. Over the seasons we’re going to see the family’s whole world, and we film all over the place. There’s nothing you can derive from exactly where we film, but it could be camp, who knows?”
The series has already been renewed for a third season. Earlier this spring, Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke announced the good news at the Peabody Awards. With season two set to premiere this winter, look for season three to arrive sometime in late 2019 or early 2020.
Amy Sherman-Palladino addressed the timeliness of her period drama, and the “go big or go home” philosophy for what comes next.
That’s how creator Amy Sherman-Palladino responded to a question about The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s forthcoming season, the show’s second for Amazon. The “Jen” she was referring to is her new boss, the streamer’s head Jennifer Salke, and the apology is a reference to what is inevitably the giant budget that Sherman-Palladino’s vision required.
Without teasing much by way of future plot points, the famously tight-lipped creator told the roomful of media at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour that season two will be “big.” The series’ star, Rachel Brosnahan, no doubt trained by her showrunner, held back as well. In fact, when pressed on what’s next for her character, she offered only this: “We left Midge in a pretty triumphant moment. She’s finally arrived into Mrs. Maisel, the stand-up comedian. I can’t say a whole lot about where she’s headed in season two, but good things can’t last long.”
That their show, despite its 1950s period setting, continues to feel timely in today’s #MeToo era was among the other subjects that the cast and crew were asked to address for the umpteenth time. Sherman-Palladino fielded the question, noting: “We are dramatizing a woman’s struggle at a time when she wasn’t supposed to have that voice or make those changes … so, hooray for no progress since the ’50s.”
At one point during the spirited Maisel panel, the Gilmore Girls and Bunheads creator was also asked about the pressure she may be feeling about having to follow up her critically adored, awards-drenched first season. Sherman-Palladino acknowledged that it was, indeed, great, and that it was exacerbated by a “self-imposed nausea that’s always there.” The latter, she added, comes from wanting to do right by the top-notch group of actors that had been assembled.
“It’s really a matter of the minute that we got into bed with the people we got into bed with, the pressure is always going to be higher and higher and eventually we’ll die,” Sherman-Palladino said to laughs. “So, we just decided that we had to go for it. We feel like we’ve got, for the first time in our career, the support from the brass, the actors, all of the pieces to go big or go home, and we don’t go home. We have not been home in two years. I don’t know where home is.”
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has already been renewed for a third season.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel delighted and surprised us last fall when it premiered on Amazon Prime. The Amy Sherman-Palladino series returns to the streaming service this fall and we’re chomping at the bit to know what happens in the next chapter of Midge’s (Rachel Brosnahan) comedy career.
At the end of Season 1, Midge almost committed career suicide when she did an impromptu take-down of comedy legend Sophie Lennon (Jane Lynch). She was luckily able to resurrect her fledgling career with some help from Lenny Bruce (Luke Kirby). Her career resurrection came just in time for her maybe-not-ex-anymore Joel (Michael Zegan) to find out that Midge was 10 times better at his dream career than he ever was. Brutal.
The cast and producers, who are currently busy in the middle of production of Season 2, gathered at the Television Critics Association summer press tour to tease what we can expect next in the Emmy nominated series. Here’s everything we learned!
Midge is back at B. Altman: But she’s not at the make-up counter! A sneak-peek at the new season revealed that Midge is working as an operator at B. Altman department store. “An incident named Penny” landed her there instead of the make-up counter out front. We’re not sure if that incident is the one from the Season 1 finale or if there’s something else that went down with Penny in early Season 2 — but we can tell that Midge is killing it as an operator as well as she did at the front of the store.
It’s not going that great in Season 2: Season 1 ended with Midge feeling like a comeback would be possible but Rachel Brosnahan teased that “good things don’t last long” in Season 2. It looks like our girl is going to struggle for a minute.
Season 2 will be “big”: Co-creator Amy Sherman-Palladino said that Season 2 will be “big” compared to Season 1. We already know that the Weissman family will travel to France in the premiere, but in general Season 2 will be more extravagant with more things to look at, and it will expand Midge’s world in the comedic underbelly of New York City.
Susie is still ultra passionate about Midge: Midge and Susie (Alex Borstein) are still a team in Season 2, which means when Midge’s life implodes so does Susie’s — but she’s still ride or die. “She’s changing. Every single molecule is shifting,” Borstein teases. “She’s excited. She’s finally found the great love of her life, which is Midge. I mean that in the larger sense, not romantic. It’s her passion.”
Midge and Joel’s relationship status is “It’s Complicated”: Joel will still be struggling with the fact that he loves Midge and knows she’s a great comic versus his bruised ego. However, no matter what the couple decides about being together, they’ll always be in each other’s lives because they share two children together. Brosnahan said Season 2 will explore how complicated it is between the estranged couple but “there’s a lot of love there.”
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
Source: TV Guide
Broadway and Hollywood combine forces in solidarity for homeless youth through Covenant House’s annual event.
On August 20, stars of stage and screen will gather for the sixth annual Covenant House Sleep Out: Stage & Screen in support of homeless youth.
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Each year, 4.2 million young people experience homelessness; Covenant House is a national organization that provides educational programming, job training and placement, medical services, mental health and substance abuse counseling, legal aid, and shelter to homeless youth in 31 cities across six countries.
About six years ago, Tony nominee Stephanie J. Block and Broadway veteran Capathia Jenkins—the latter a board member of Covenant House—launched the first annual Broadway Sleep Out, where members of the theatre community gathered for an evening at the Midtown Covenant House for workshops with the young residents and to sleep outside in solidarity. Participants set fundraising goals and raise money in support of their Sleep Out. (Click here to donate.)
This year, stars of stage and screen will participate, including Jenkins, Emmy nominee Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald (Shuffle Along…), Tony nominee Keala Settle (The Greatest Showman), Jason Ralph (Peter and the Starcatcher), Darius de Haas (Shuffle Along), Caissie Levy (Frozen), Tony-nominated director Jeff Calhoun (Newsies), Molly Quinn, Tony nominee Sam Pinkleton (The Great Comet), Angela Grovey (Escape to Margaritaville), Michael McElroy (Broadway Inspirational Voices), Rita Harvey (Fiddler on the Roof), Rachel Sussman (NYMF), producer Diana DiMenna (The Iceman Cometh), and Michael Zegen (A View From the Bridge).
“I’ve slept out multiple times with Covenant House, and each time has been a life-changing experience, a unique way to get to know some of these brave young people overcoming homelessness,” Brosnahan, who recently joined the International Board of Directors at Covenant House, said in a statement.
“Every person who sleeps out gets the opportunity to meet some of the Covenant House kids, so homeless youth are no longer the distant, camouflaged strangers we too often pass on the streets,” said McDonald, who also serves on the International Board of Directors. “I am not under the delusion that one night on the street is anything like what homeless kids endure. But the kids at Covenant House know that too; they get it. Each time I’ve slept out, I’ve found that the young people at Covenant House are genuinely touched that anyone would take even one night out of their lives to care, and that is what this Sleep Out movement is all about. It is a life-changing, life-affirming event.”
For more information about Covenant House, visit CovenantHouse.org.
Gold Derby can exclusively reveal that Rachel Brosnahan is entering “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” episode “Thank You and Good Night” as her Emmy submission for Best Comedy Actress. This installment streamed November 29 and was the eighth and final episode of the first season for the Amazon show.
In this segment, Midge (Brosnahan) and Susie (Alex Borstein) drink away their troubles after Midge’s tirade on stage against comic Sophie Lennon (Jane Lynch). While hungover the following day, Susie reads the bad headlines to her over the phone. Midge gets ready for her son’s birthday party while her parents are fighting. Her ex-husband wants to reunite and move to California.
It’s the first nomination in this category for Brosnahan after a previous bid as Best Drama Guest Actress in “House of Cards” (2015). For the 2018 ceremony, she is up against previous champions Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”), Allison Janney (“Mom”) and Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”), past nominee Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”) and first-timer Issa Rae (“Insecure”).
Source: Gold Derby
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Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
When I auditioned for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, I wore this yellow shirt that I thought was adorable, but they asked me to change my clothes for my second audition, so I guess it wasn’t as adorable as I thought! The costumes are a huge part of Midge, my character. Her outer appearance is something she takes an enormous amount of pride in. Between the corset, the petticoats, the tights and the beautiful dresses, hair and makeup, I feel completely transformed when I walk out of my trailer. That’s my favorite part about being an actor. It always has been.
Mrs. Maisel does stand-up comedy. Were you nervous about being funny in front of an audience?
Comedy is terrifying. It’s probably the worst thing i could imagine anyone doing to themselves–and also the most exhilarating. But I would absolutely not attempt stand-up as myself. Nope. No. No. No. Never. Even as Midge, I do a lot of power posing in my dressing room to gain confidence.
Brosnahan wears a Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello dress and boots.
Source: W Magazine