The highly-anticipated return of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel premieres on Wednesday, and we got to catch up with Mrs. Maisel herself, award-winning actress Rachel Brosnahan, as she shared some details of Season 2 over an intimate dinner hosted by the American Express Magnet card.
For those new to the show, it chronicles the turbocharged journey of a Jewish housewife-turned-stand-up-comedian. The first season focuses on Midge (Brosnahan), who crashes into comedy after her husband, Joel (Michael Zegen), leaves her for his younger secretary. After the separation, Midge and her children move back in with her parents, she takes a job at a department store in NYC, and makes a number of cringe-worthy mistakes. The relationships are flawed, especially as Midge strays further from her Upper West Side persona, but the show keeps a sense of optimism through its humor.
According to Brosnahan, the second season will continue to slowly peel back the layers of her estranged marriage, and she tells us we’ll get to see “a new side” of the characters as they stumble through the messy reality of their relationship. “I’m excited for people to see how they begin to manage their very complicated relationship at a time when those kinds of relationships weren’t allowed to be outwardly complicated,” she says. “They are parents to two children, as flawed of parents as they might be, and they’re going to have to be involved in each other’s lives forever, whether they are involved intimately or not.”
As for Midge’s comedy career? It’s far from glamorous, and being on the road comes with its own set of challenges — ones we’ll get to watch Midge encounter in the new season as she pursues her dream, all while navigating the “grittier side of comedy.” As much as Midge is learning and growing, Brosnahan admits her character is still a fish out of water and makes some mistakes as a result of her self-righteousness. “Midge will definitely be confronted by some of her privilege,” she says. “Maybe she won’t grow the most from that immediately, but hopefully she moves forward.”
Brosnahan is back and her quick wit and impeccable comedic timing remains on point. In fact, it’s hard to believe that she wasn’t always a comedic actress. But now that she’s rightfully earned her place on the roster of funny women in Hollywood, she hopes to see more leading ladies get their chance to shine in an industry that’s still very much a boys’ club. “I hope that we keep looking to all different kinds of women in comedy because there are so many different voices that have yet to be explored,” she says.
“The door has cracked open for women, there are some big names that we know and love, but we still need so much more,” she continues, addressing the need for more diversity in the genre. “I hope that women in comedy are embraced more, and I hope that we keep inviting them to have a seat at the table — and to sit at the head of the table.”
As for Midge, we can certainly expect to see at least one more season of the hit show. Brosnahan tells us that creator Amy Sherman Palladino initially shared a three-season-arc of the storyline with the actress when they sat down to shoot the pilot. “Largely the basic outline has remained true, so I know a little bit of what to expect for Season 3, and I will say that she will keep us all on our toes forever. It may not be what you would expect immediately, but that’s all I can say.”
We’ve heard the new season ends in a very different place than it begins, so we can only imagine where Midge will wind up. But wherever it is, we’re sure she’ll be impeccably dressed for the occasion. Tune into Amazon Prime on December 5 for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 2.