‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Star Rachel Brosnahan on What Makes Midge Unique: ‘Most People Have Never Met a Girl Like Her’

Midge Maisel, the main character on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, is an unstoppable force of energy. Here’s why actor Rachel Brosnahan thinks her character on the TV series is so unique.

‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ main character; there’s no one like Midge

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The Maisel star explained to Variety in a 2018 interview what makes her character Midge so special. There’s not many shows like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on TV, but even in the world of the series, Midge stands out among her peers.

“She asks questions that other women of the time might not ask, so that’s a challenge,” Brosnahan explained. “… most people have never met a girl like her.”

Midge is a full-force personality, the actor continued — meaning she butts up against the norms for women of her era.

“Midge throws everybody off-kilter. That’s what she does,” Brosnahan told Variety.

Coming up against men in her circle, or in her industry, they find Midge shocking — which often can be a good thing for her.

“You kind of get swept up in this storm of Midge Maisel,” the actor continued. She’s so charming and she’s so charismatic and intelligent and talented that the whirlwind wins.”

Rachel Brosnahan is seen on film set of 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' on September 04, 2019 in New York City.
Rachel Brosnahan as Midge on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel | Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

The “whirlwind” that is Midge also makes her great in her career. Brosnahan believes that Midge’s personal take on stand-up comedy makes her unique even in that industry.

“The whole point is you go up and you talk about your life,” she said. “And her comedy will always be drawn from her life and what she’s experiencing in that given moment, or what she experienced earlier that day, or what she experienced earlier that year.”

Brosnahan calls this personal approach to her creative work Midge’s “secret weapon.”

“That’s what she’s good at, and I don’t think that’s going to change,” The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel actor said.

Rachel Brosnahan on the Amazon series’ season 4

In a conversation with the publication Gold Derby, Brosnahan shared that the unique qualities of Midge have “rubbed off” on her, as well. For starters, the actor has begun to “maybe talk a little faster.”

“… I really admire her confidence,” Brosnahan said of Midge. “I admire how willing she is to leap into a brand new situation.” But she also is in awe of her Maisel character’s bravado and A-plus effort, in every situation.

“She doesn’t know how to do anything at less than 150 and I’ve definitely tried to borrow a little piece of that into my own life, for sure,” Brosnahan told Gold Derby.

What’s coming up for Midge in the much-anticipated Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 4? The pandemic has made filming TV shows a bit trickier, but Brosnahan has faith in the show’s creative team. As she told Gold Derby:

I think we’re going to get creative. I know that it’s really important to this entire creative team not to lose the spirit of the show and that feeling of the scope of the world. Technology is amazing. I feel like there may be some very creative solutions to help keep what makes our show so special alive. And I know that that’s at the forefront of everyone’s mind so I’m really curious to see what the smart people come up with.