Rachel Brosnahan on Marveous Mrs. Maisel, Fred Durst, and Colin Firth | Screen Tests | W Magazine

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  • Published on:  7/30/2018
  • In this Screen Tests interview, Rachel Brosnahan talks about power posing in corsets, stage fright, her ability to handle pigeons, her love for Colin Firth, why she doesn't karaoke much and who her first real kiss was.

    From "Rachel Brosnahan Channels Beyoncé For the Standup Scenes in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel":

    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.

    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.x

    How much do you think the costumes are a part 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.]

    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.

    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.

    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.]

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