Rachel Brosnahan Talks ‘Mrs. Maisel’ Season 2 & Seeing Oprah During Her Golden Globes Speech (Exclusive)


Rachel Brosnahan had her acceptance speech all ready to go when she won Best Actress in a TV Series - Comedy or Musical at Sunday’s Golden Globes. But then, she saw Oprah Winfrey sitting in the front row.

“I have no idea! I can’t remember,” Brosnahan told ET’s Kevin Frazier backstage after her big win. “I just remember trying to get the dress, trying not to fall, and then there was Oprah and I forgot everyone I was gonna thank.”

“I looked up and she was there, it was a whole thing,” the 27-year-old actress continued with a laugh. “She must be used to [that kind of reaction] by now.”

Brosnahan won for her starring role on Amazon’s new hit series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel -- a period dramedy in which the actress’ titular character is a 1950s housewife who pursues stand-up comedy after her husband leaves her for his secretary. The show also took home the Golden Globe for Best TV Series - Comedy or Musical, a first for creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, of Gilmore Girls and Bunheads fame.

“This is huge. I mean, I hope this means that we get to do it for a little bit longer. I love this woman, and I love this job,” Brosnahan gushed of her role. “This is a show with so many incredible women involved. I love the character of Rose (Marin Hinkle), I love the character of Susie (Alex Borstein). I love the friendship between Midge and Susie, you don’t often see female friendships like that on television. So I hope we get to keep going."

The show is on the right track, having already been renewed for a second season, and Brosnahan said their streaming home couldn’t be more supportive of Sherman-Palladino and her creative partner and husband, Dan Palladino.

“Amazon’s been so wonderful, because they’ve made it really clear that they trust Amy and Dan and they trust their storytelling,” Brosnaham raved. “They have let them spread their wings and make the show exactly how they wanted to. And that’s a real gift. We’re really grateful to them for that.”

The actress said she’s also grateful to have the part at all, given that she was “so sick” during the audition process.  

“I couldn’t get out of bed for like 10 days,” she recalled. “I had to postpone my audition, but then I was so terrified -- I’ve never done comedy -- so I was so terrified they were going to give it to somebody else who, on paper, was much more qualified than I was.”

Brosnahan rallied, however -- “Here we are!” -- and no one was more thrilled than she was to accept an award from her “hero” Carol Burnett, who presented the category alongside Jennifer Aniston. And then, she was ready to party!.

“I’m gonna start drinking pretty soon, I think,” the actress said with a laugh. “We’re gonna go to some parties, eat some food... I had no idea [what I was in for]. I should have worked out! I was not prepared.”

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