Photos of Rachel attending the 19th Annual AFI Awards have been added to the gallery.
A huge congratulations to Rachel on her second Golden Globe Awards Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy TV Series win for her role as Midge Maisel in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel! You deserve it!!
Us caught up with Rachel Brosnahan at the American Express Cash Magnet Simplify Holiday Hosting Supper in NYC on November 27 and shared her marvelous world — including her New Year’s resolution! Read on to learn 25 things about the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel actress.
1. Growing up, I had a [girl] bunny named Lacey that we later found out was a boy and renamed Larry David.
2. I’m the oldest of three siblings, but the shortest.
3. I just celebrated my 10th anniversary [living] in NYC! I feel like I can finally call myself a New Yorker.
4. I’ve always wished I could draw. Or sing!
5. There’s a scar shaped like a key on my left middle finger from when I was 4 and curious if the stove is still hot after you turn it off. FYI, it is.
6. I have two dogs: a pit bull named Nikki and a Shiba Inu named Winston. They’re my fur children and I love them.
7. Whenever I need inspiration, I watch YouTube videos of all the Elphabas [from Wicked] singing “Defying Gravity.”
8. I recently joined the board of directors at Covenant House International, an amazing organization that provides care and services to young people overcoming homelessness.
9. The best piece of advice I’ve ever received is, “Be kind to everyone. It costs nothing and goes a long way.”
10. Blonde is my natural hair color, but I started dying it dark when I was 16. I feel more myself with dark hair.
11. I have a love affair with travel-size condiments.
12. If I had to eat one food for the rest of my life, it would be French fries.
13. For a millennial, I’m particularly technologically challenged. It drives my mom insane.
14. I feel the most confident when I’m wearing a suit.
15. My favorite form of self-care is singing at the top of my lungs in the shower and watching episodes of Survivor while snuggling my pups.
16. Sports are big in my family. Before becoming an actress, I tried my hand at basketball, snowboarding, wrestling and lacrosse.
17. Blood doesn’t make me squeamish. I used to love watching documentaries about medical mysteries, and for a minute considered becoming a surgeon.
18. If I could have dinner with any living person, it would be Michelle Obama.
19. I graduated from NYU with a major in theater and a minor in psychology.
20. I’m a dual citizen of the U.S. and U.K.
21. I never go anywhere without sunscreen — at least SPF 50! I’m a vampire.
22. I’m perpetually about five minutes late and I hate it. My resolution next year is to be five minutes early instead.
23. I’m a terrible cook because I get distracted and end up burning everything. I once burned spaghetti, which feels like a feat.
24. I learned to play cribbage this year and I’m obsessed.
25. My ideal Friday night is hanging out at my place, drinking wine and playing board games with my friends.
Source: Us Weekly
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star Rachel Brosnahan, a Global Citizen ambassador and anti-poverty activist, will narrate the upcoming climate change documentary, Paris to Pittsburgh, from Radical Media and Bloomberg Philanthropies. The National Geographic Documentary Films project will air worldwide tonight (Dec. 12).
“Paris to Pittsburgh shines a light on the many forgotten communities and people who have been affected by climate change in our country, as well as solutions for how we can fight back and reduce our carbon footprint,” said Brosnahan in a statement.
“I’m proud to be part of this poignant and powerful documentary, and admire the pro-active approach Bloomberg Philanthropies has taken with this project and this issue. We need meaningful change,” she added, as she cited former New York City mayor’s Michael Bloomberg’s charitable arm.
According to its boilerplate, “Bloomberg Philanthropies works in 480 cities in more than 120 countries around the world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation, and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2017, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $702 million (USD).”
Paris to Pittsburgh, co- directed by Sidney Beaumont and Michael Bonfiglio, chronicles climate change-fueled disasters in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The film features stories behind climate-related recovery and resiliency, and efforts to reduce carbon emissions. It also pays particular attention to Pittsburgh, which U.S. president Donald Trump cited when he announced a withdrawal from the worldwide Paris Climate Agreement.
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is featured in Paris to Pittsburgh, as he affirms his support for energy efficiency goals.
At the recent Emmy Awards, Brosnahan used her acceptance speech to urge Americans to vote in the upcoming mid-term elections. “One of the things that I love most about this show, is that it’s about a woman who is finding her voice anew, which is something that is happening across the country right now… Vote, show up and bring a friend,” she said on-air after winning for best actress in a comedy.
Watch the trailer:
Source: Samaritan Mag
NEW YORK (AP) — The top 10 TV shows of the year by Associated Press writer Alicia Rancilio.
1. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” on Amazon Prime. From its costumes to the dialogue to the music to the quirky characters, this show is a delight. Watch it to feel good.
2. “This is Us,” on NBC. Some suggest the third season has lagged but this show is still solid, and we can’t discount how invested the public was in just how Milo Ventimiglia’s character, Jack, died. The lead-up and reveal earlier this year launched so many theories, memes, hashtags and jokes about crock-pots. Also, those occasional flash-forwards to show characters in the future keeps us guessing and trying to fill in the blanks between now and then.
3. “Killing Eve,” on BBC America. This cat-and-mouse chase between Sandra Oh as an MI5 investigator and Jodie Comer’s assassin is great fun to watch. Oh has received many accolades for her work on the show, which are deserved, but Comer is also a standout and should be recognized. She mastered various accents and has a smile that can light up a room, before she pounces to kill you, of course.
4. “Succession,” on HBO. This show about a powerful family that owns a major media conglomerate is disturbing, funny, and sad all at once. The characters aren’t likable and don’t even seem to like each other, but to be a voyeur and watch them interact is worth tuning in for.
5. “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” on Amazon Prime. John Krasinski joins Ben Affleck, Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Chris Pine as actors who’ve portrayed the CIA analyst created by Clancy. In Krasinski’s version, he’s got brawn and brains and he quickly proves he’s a leading man worthy of the role. It’s fast-paced, suspenseful, entertaining and season two can’t come soon enough.
6. “You,” on Lifetime. This show hasn’t gotten enough attention. Penn Badgley is masterful as a psychopathic stalker named Joe who charms his way into the heart of a young woman living in Manhattan. There’s a scene in the first episode where his character stares at his obsession as she drunkenly teeters on the edge of a subway platform like he’s studying an animal in the wild. It’s chilling. Catch up because the series is moving to Netflix for its second season.
7. “Escape at Dannemora,” on Showtime. The real prison escape that this series portrays was in 2015 and caught the world’s attention because of the revelation that the two escapees were helped by a female prison employee. The series, directed by Ben Stiller, is just as interesting. Patricia Arquette, Benicio Del Toro, Paul Dano and Eric Lange dissolve into their characters.
8. “The Clinton Affair,” on A&E. This six-part documentary series is an extremely compelling, deep-dive into the events that led up to President Clinton’s impeachment. You may remember the news coverage, but there’s likely information in this series that will be new. Many of the major players including Monica Lewinsky are interviewed extensively and to see her now, as a 40-something year-old woman, reflect on that period of her life with candor and grace is heartbreaking, inspiring and fitting for this #MeToo era.
9. “grown-ish,” on Freeform. Zoey, the eldest child on “black-ish” (played by Yara Shahidi) went off to college and it’s worth keeping up with this new phase of her life. “grown-ish” doesn’t hold back. The show deals with issues that some college kids are faced with, including abusing pills like Adderall and the hook-up culture. Also, Shahidi has major star quality.
10. “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” Netflix. No offense to the original “Queer Eye,” which was fun, but the reboot kicks things up in a major way. For one, tissues are required for viewing because it gets very emotional. The show doesn’t just find men who need a new look, but the five experts go deep into why these guys are stuck in a rut. It’s positive and heart-warming and feels like a hug.
Honorable mentions: “The Good Place” on NBC, “Wild Wild Country” on Netflix, “The Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu, “Counterpart” on STARZ, “Jane the Virgin” on The CW, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” on The CW and “13 Reasons Why,” Netflix.
Source: The Associated Press
Another huge congratulations to Rachel Brosnahan and the rest of the cast and crew of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel for their Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations! So happy its looking like another Marvelous awards season!
A full list of SAG Awards nominations can be found here.
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series – Rachel Brosnahan
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series – Alex Borstein
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series – Tony Shalhoub
The awards will air on both TNT & TBS on January 27th 2019 at 8PM ET/PT.
Sometimes it all comes down to having just the right chemistry. Several years ago, when Alex Borstein heard about Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband Daniel Palladino’s idea for a television show about a woman in the ’50s doing stand-up, breaking into a man’s business and balancing family, and she was definitely intrigued.
This was two years before Sherman-Palladino actually had a script and mentioned there might be a part for Borstein, who portrays Susie Myerson, the curmudgeonly manager of Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) in the critically-acclaimed series from Amazon Studios.
The much-anticipated series, which garnered eight Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series, recently returned for season 2. The third season of colorful episodes has already been ordered.
Borstein, 47, who won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress for Mrs. Maisel, has two decades of show business experience in such diverse projects as MADtv, Getting On and the voice of Lois Griffin on Family Guy and films Good Night, Good Luck, Dinner for Schmucks, Ted and A Million Ways to Die in the West. She has known the creators of Mrs. Maisel for many years and appeared as a cranky harpist and eccentric seamstress in the beloved mother-daughter series Gilmore Girls, also from the same creative team.
For Borstein reading the part of Susie opposite of Brosnahan’s Midge for the first time seemed like kismet. “It is really just kind of like speed dating; either it’s there, or not and it was just there,” she recalled. “It was something you can’t really put in a script; that’s how chemistry works.”
How is the second season of Mrs. Maisel different for you than the first? Are you more comfortable in Susie’s skin?
The newness is gone and now you’re stuck with this character, and what do you do to make it different and not hit the same notes all the time? And in Susie and Midge’s relationship, the honeymoon is over. They are, ‘OK, let’s do this. Now, we’re thrust into this relationship. But do I even like you? Can I work with you? Why are you annoying? You’re passive aggressive. Well, you’re aggressive-aggressive.’ So we have all this back and forth because Susie and Midge are a kind of an Odd Couple that happens.
Did you expect both the show and your character to be so well-embraced?
I know that Amy creates incredible worlds and I knew when I read the first script that this was one of those worlds. I knew that the part was special because Susie is such a cool woman to play, as are all of the women in it…I didn’t know how this show would be received but I was pleasantly surprised that it has been so warmly embraced.
What’s it like to be in that world created in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel? When I watch the show I see this nostalgia for those who remember that time and a yearning for it for those of us who were too young to remember it.
It’s cool because in some ways it feels like this nostalgic fantasy and kind of cozy and safe… In other ways, it was a pretty turbulent time that was coming up with civil rights around the corner… It’s taking a picture of one tiny space within that world but there’s something very warm when you show up to the set and it’s all designed in the ’50s, and the cars from that period are all parked in the streets, and everyone that walks by is Dapper Dan and dressed to the nines. There’s something very lovely and calming about it in today’s crazy world.
So, then going out of that world into your real life, is that jarring to you?
Yeah. It’s quite different, but Susie, the character, is hard-assed, and aggressive, and was kind of before her time. So, she doesn’t feel antiquated or old-fashioned. She feels like she could really fit into any time period.
Talk about the chemistry between you and Rachel, because it’s pretty strong right from the pilot and it continues to increase on-screen.
I came to New York to audition for Susie. I probably spent half an hour with Dan and Amy alone and then Rachel came in and we read together. And from the get-go, the chemistry was there. We just had this Mary Tyler Richards-Rhoda kind of thing that just worked and it worked well.
What do you think are the ingredients?
I don’t want to say it was pure luck because Amy wrote it and she said she had me in mind. She’d already found Rachel, so it’s not shocking that it worked, and Amy’s taste is pretty cool, and so she knows what’s going to go together.
It is a phenomenal cast of highly skilled actors, who have really sunk their teeth into these characters.
Like, Tony Shalhoub, I have had a massive crush on him from Galaxy Quest, and I got to know him years ago when he did a guest starring role on MADtv, the sketch show that I was on. I just thought he was amazing and he was so kind, and so cool to work with, and had always been one of my favorite people. When I heard he was doing this show, it was like ‘holy cow,’ here is yet another reason that I couldn’t possibly say no.
Have you worked together yet?
In season 2, our worlds meet a tiny bit. But he and I have yet to really get down and dirty and get to really, really work together. I’m hoping as the show continues to go, there’ll be more and more.
You do work with Michael Zegen, who plays Midge’s husband Joel?
Yes, and the chemistry between Michael and I, playing Joel, is just perfect too, that there is a disdain and a competitiveness between the two characters that it’s really cool and works really well between us.
You’re both vying for Midge’s attention.
It’s a love triangle. It really is.
Have you been to comedy clubs since the show began and did Mrs. Maisel change your perspective of them?
I did stand-up for a lot of years, and I’ll go if there’s somebody I know is there to see them. I still love seeing a well-crafted set, but it’s not my choice for a night out. It’s like I don’t watch sketch comedy anymore after doing MADtv for years.
It sounds like something that your character Susie might say. You must be proud of winning the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy. What was the experience like?
Very strange. First of all, I was very late. My parents and one of my best friends, Will, also came with me. He lives close to my parents. So, I told him to come to our house and I will pick everyone up with the car service. So, of course, he was late. We showed up and they wouldn’t let us in. They said, ‘You have to wait until a commercial break.’ And I’m getting texts of ‘Where the hell are you?’ I was like, ‘Excuse me, I don’t want to cause any trouble, but they’re telling me I need to be sitting because I think it’s time for my awards category…’ and they are not letting us sit, they are still telling us we have to wait…
That sounds nerve-wracking.
Yes. It was just very crazy, and stressful, and then finally they’re like, ‘OK, you can go in and sit down.’ Then literally, we sat down, and at that moment they announced, ‘The nominees for Best Supporting Actress are…’ So, I just made it. So when they called my name I was so not prepared in any way.
During the hiatus, are you writing? Are you acting? Are you looking for different projects?
I live in Barcelona, Spain, and I’m doing a musical with a small theater company there that opens on January 31. So, I have two children, and the bulk of my days is getting them to the bus stop, picking them up, going to piano lessons, going to dance, homework and making dinner, yelling at them, bath time, and then I go to rehearsals for this musical, which I’m just loving it so much. The musical is like feeding me.
How old are your children?
My daughter is 6 and my son is 10.
Have they seen the episodes of the Gilmore Girls that you’re in?
No, I don’t think so. I don’t think they’ve seen any Gilmore. They have come to the set of Mrs. Maisel and seen some episodes that we’re shooting. And the project I did before this was called Getting On, and they often came to the set. Well, my baby girl was born on that set, basically, so she was there every day, but my son was about 4 years old at the time and he visited a lot.
Do people recognize you from this show or any other work while your children are around, and what’s that like?
Yeah, people do. It bothers my son a great deal. If someone asks for a photo, he does not like it.
Yeah, he’s being protective.
He gets very angry and he knows that I don’t want him in any photos, so he’ll try to jump in to mess up the photo.
I used to go to Broadway shows in the ’80s and there was a group of autograph collectors who would share their stories. One guy had nearly every famous person who had performed on Broadway for some 50 years.
Well, it’s nice when someone is an actual collector. But now, people wait outside and they have 15 cards and they want you to sign them all, and you know they are going to put them on eBay that night. So I want to say, ‘What are you doing? This isn’t for you. This is Crazy!’
Well, if you put their name on the autograph they are probably not going to sell it.
Many times, I will… If someone says, ‘Can you just sign your name, please?’ I’ll write, ‘To eBay’ and then I sign my name or I sign someone else’s name and they don’t notice until they get home.
A huge congratulations to Rachel Brosnahan and the rest of the cast and crew of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel for their Critics’ Choice Awards nominations! You guys deserve it for your, excuse my pun, marvelous work on the show.
A full list of Critics’ Choice nominations can be read here.
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Best Comedy Series
Best Actress in a Comedy Series – Rachel Brosnahan
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Tony Shalhoub
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Alex Borstein
The awards will air on The CW Network on Sunday, January 13th 2019.