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RACHEL BROSNAHAN LOST JOBS FOR NOT BEING FUNNY. THEN SHE WON A BEST ACTRESS GOLDEN GLOBE FOR HER LEADING ROLE IN THE COMEDY “THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL.” WHO'S LAUGHING NOW?

“I SPENT MOST OF MY LIFE BEING TOLD I WASN’T FUNNY. I’VE LOST MANY JOBS BECAUSE PEOPLE WOULD SAY, ‘WE REALLY LIKED HER, BUT SHE’S JUST NOT FUNNY.’”

Rachel Brosnahan, the Golden Globe–winning star of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, graces Glamour’s first digital cover to talk zit cream, fame, and comedy. Maisel, created and produced by Amy Sherman-Palladino, has been called “a love letter to stand-up comedy, female empowerment, and New York City” and has catapulted Brosnahan into the spotlight. During the past few months, Brosnahan has become acutely aware that her life—the one before the hit show, before the awards, before burgers with reporters in hotels—is different. She doesn’t feel famous, but there are times when she knows she’s under scrutiny. People know how to say her last name now. Doors are opening with opportunities. And while living in New York allows her to still have some anonymity, even that’s changing. We caught up with Brosnahan, who has been shooting the second season of Maisel in Paris, as she sits on the cusp of fame. Excerpts from the interview and video are below.

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Brosnahan on winning the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy TV Series:

“I’m laughing [at the fact that] I’m now an award-winning comedic actress. Like, that feels absurd! I spent most of my life being told I wasn’t funny. I’ve lost many jobs because people would say, ‘We really liked her, but she’s just not funny.’”

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On being told she wasn’t funny over and over again:

RB FROM VIDEO: "I didn’t quite realize how much I had internalized that idea, that idea that I wasn’t funny. It was a sort of label I gave myself, like a big ol’ ‘not funny’ on my forehead. And what I’ve realized through working on this show and through trying to create this character is that I just hadn’t found my comedy yet. And I’m still finding it; I’m still learning a ton, and that’s been thrilling and horrifying every second. And while this journey has been challenging, it’s been the most rewarding process to try and unlearn a lot of those things and learn new things and new skills I didn’t know I had, and didn’t know I wanted to learn, and I’ve loved every single second of it.”

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On being recognized at the dog park…with zit cream on her face:

“I thought, I’m not going to see anyone I know. Of course, as soon as I got there somebody asked, ‘Are you….?’” Brosnahan panicked and said no. “I don’t know why I was embarrassed. People have zits, and they put shit on them. But I was mortified. I felt so uncomfortable being a perfectly normal human being. Why are we embarrassed when that happens? Everyone does that, whether in private or in public. I get mad when I get embarrassed about stuff like that.”

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Brosnahan on still having anxiety performing despite winning a Golden Globe:

“When we were shooting Maisel in Paris, I thought, I’ve got this. Then I got up there and was just as nervous as I was during the first season, equally horrified every single second. I was like, Shit, it never goes away.”

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Brosnahan on living the “perceived” famous lifestyle:

“There’s an element of fantasy—the fantasy of what this life looks like. I feel like I have one foot on either side of the fence, you know? I’m in a position where things are cool, but it’s all new. I still feel like a super-normal human being. I’ve worked really hard to get here, but I’m also really lucky. Nothing happens without some stars aligning.”

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Brosnahan on handling an aggressive man at an influencer event in a Los Angeles Jewish Deli:

“I was helping myself to fries and latkes when a man came up to me and asked, ‘Are you sure you want to eat that? Don’t you have a dress to fit into?’ It wasn’t the first comment this guy had made. He kept asking about my personal life and my relationship status, but in a really aggressive way—as if that was the only thing of value about me. He said things like, ‘You must have a man.’ I was shoveling a latke in my face—and very thrilled about it, mind you—when he made the food comment. I said, ‘I am sure I want to eat that. I love latkes! Do you want one?’ I was trying to keep it light, but I would have loved to have had a great Amy Sherman-Palladino–style clapback. It’s only in hindsight that you think of these things. The guy was a jackass. It was so gross, particularly in a room centered around this show. It’s sad that this behavior still exists.”

 

Alex Pisauro
Communications Associate | GLAMOUR
alex_pisauro@condenast.com

Date: 
Tuesday, May 15, 2018