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Rachel Brosnahan Enjoying the Peak of Her Career

Rachel Brosnahan - 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' TV Show Panel at 2018 TCA Summer Press Tour in LA

By Valerie Milano

Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/14/18 – In the midst of finding out there will be a second season of the popular “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Rachel Brosnahan has announced she will be executive producing her own project.  The series “Femme” will be based on the short film of the same name; it’s currently making the rounds on the festival circuit.

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Ms Brosnahan also executive produced the short; it hits queer streaming service Revry on September 21st, for those who want a preview of what’s to come.  It was directed by Alden Peters, written by Corey Camperchioli, and additional producers included Benno Rosenwald of Mooki Entertainment, Johan Matton, and Linnea Larsdotter of Changing Film Productions.  It was awarded “Best Coming of Age Short” at it’s premiere at Wicked Queer, The Boston LGBT Film Festival back in March, and has since screened at over 20 festivals, and scheduled to appear at 11 more over the fall season.

It’s a coming-of-age comedy set in Hell’s Kitchen; main character Carson (Camperchioli) is navigating an existential crisis during which he must confront deeply ingrained ideas of masculinity and gender identity.

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Rachel Brosnahan and Oberon Sinclair outside of Andy Spade’s Park Avenue apartment

“After the beautifully positive response to Femme the film, I am thrilled to continue the Femme journey with the fiercely talented Corey Camperchioli,” said Brosnahan. “His singular and powerful voice is an important part of a new generation of barrier breaking storytellers and I’m proud to collaborate with him.”

Brosnahan, at this point in her career, isn’t hurting for good news.  At the TCA Summer Press Tour panel for “Maisel,” at which she appeared with creator and executive producer Sherman-Palladino, executive producer Daniel Palladino, Tony Shalhoub, Alex Borstein, Michael Zegen, Marin Hinkle and Kevin Pollak, she discussed things in more detail, revealing that she doesn’t necessarily believe good things last long.

Actors Rachel Brosnahan (L) and Tony Shalhoub of ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ speak onstage during the Amazon Studios portion of the Summer 2018 TCA Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 28, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.
(Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America)

“At the end of Season 1, we left Midge in a pretty triumphant moment,” she said. “She’s finally arrived into Mrs. Maisel, the stand-up comedienne and I can’t say a whole lot about where she’ll head in Season 2, but good things can’t last long.”

She was also asked if she’d ever be brave enough to, like her character, try out an open mike.  Her confidence apparently ends there.   “I can’t imagine anything braver and I am not that brave,” she told the audience. “I think we discussed it very briefly early on. Amy had said that — when we were in rehearsals — that she would write something for me and shove me out on the stage and I think I ran the other way, as fast as I possibly could.”

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Brosnahan credits amazing writing for her own success in the show.  “Thankfully, the writing is — as you said — so brilliant, so sharp, so smart and I’ve had a lot of help from these guys in finding the timing in that, as well.”

(L-R) Creator/Executive Producer Amy Sherman-Palladino, Executive Producer Daniel Palladino, and actors Rachel Brosnahan and Tony Shalhoub of ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ speak onstage during the Amazon Studios portion of the Summer 2018 TCA Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 28, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.
(July 27, 2018 – Source: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America)

She did reveal that she’d spent “hours and hours and hours” watching burgeoning comics try out their new material, live.  Evidently, it was research that worked for her.

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Perhaps the most profound question, and revealing answer, of the panel was how success has changed her.  With an Emmy nomination, an executive producership, and principal roles in House of Cards and The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, she does not appear to be anything less than perfectly grounded.

“You know, I get asked that a lot, and I never really have a good answer, because the truth is, it doesn’t feel like a whole lot’s changed.”

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.today, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board as a chief organizer of the Television Critics Association’s press tours, held twice a year in Beverly Hills and Pasadena. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and the Desert Aids Project, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been an active member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.