Rachel Brosnahan on Her Fear of Comedy and How She Channels Beyonce in Her Dressing Room
In this Screen Tests interview, Rachel Brosnahan talks about power posing in corsets, stage fright, her ability to handle pigeons, her love for Colin Firth, why she doesn't karaoke much and who her first real kiss was.
Released on 7/30/2018
For The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,
I have to wear a corset.
But, fun fact about the corset.
I used to wear a corset that was called the Krakowski,
because it had originally been designed for Jane Krakowski.
[Interviewer] Oh wow.
And this season, now we have the Brosnahan,
which was designed in Paris.
So I have my very own corset now.
At first, when we first started shooting
the first couple episodes of the first season,
I felt like I couldn't think about anything
but the fact that I was in a corset.
I couldn't move, I couldn't breathe, I couldn't eat.
And I got used to it over time,
which is sort of disturbing, but also great.
Between the corset and the petticoats and the tights
and these beautiful, beautiful costumes and hair and makeup,
I feel completely transformed
when I walk out of the trailer.
And that's my favorite part about being an actor.
Was I nervous?
I'm still nervous every single day!
Comedy is horrifying, it's absolutely terrifying.
It's the worst thing I could possibly imagine
anyone doing to themselves.
It's stage fright like I've never experienced.
It feels like a little bit
of the Sasha Fierce thing, you know.
I do a lot of power posing in my dressing room,
in my corset and petticoats by myself.
Sort of trying to draw the confidence from somewhere.
Oh gosh, I have so many.
well I just thought he was so extraordinary
in The King's Speech.
But I loved him in Bridget Jones,
I've never seen Mamma Mia.
I loved him in Bridget Jones, Pride and Prejudice.
I have kind of obscure taste.
[Interviewer] From Limp Bizkit?
From Limp Bizkit, yeah.
Yeah I had a poster of him
that I ripped out of J-14 above my bed.
I dug him.
I think I thought he looked cool.
I still love tattoos.
I loved tattoos then and I still love them now.
I don't have any though.
There's still time.
Singing scares the living daylights out of me,
so I don't karaoke much.
I Will Always Love You is really good,
it gets better the drunker you are.
I really love Open Arms.
[Interviewer] Oh that's a good one.
Journey, Journey's always good.
The Spice Girls.
Also gets better the drunker you get.
My first kiss.
[Interviewer] You don't have to give a name, just when.
Was on, oh.
So I don't count this one.
But my first actual kiss was in a,
in like an Embassy Suites hotel room.
My cousin and I met some boys
and we were playing truth or dare,
and we sort of had a weird very, very quick little kiss.
But I don't count that one.
My first real kiss was in a slide on a playground
with the boy that I liked when I was about 12 or 13.
[Interviewer] On a slide?
In the middle of it.
We'd managed to stop somehow.
In one of those big tubular slides.
It was very cute.
It was yellow.
It was just sort of a little crush.
I was too young to have a real,
well I guess now you're not too young.
But I felt too young then to have a real boyfriend.
He was my sort of, just my crush.
We kissed a little.
I've never told anyone that.
[Interviewer] And do you have a secret skill?
I can handle pigeons.
[Interviewer] Okay, there you go.
I was taught how to handle pigeons,
how to hold them so they stay still,
and how to gently spread their wings.
And I can double-fist pigeons.
I think you're probably not supposed to handle
the New York City pigeons.
Because if you hold them wrong,
they pfff all in your face with their wings and things.
Yeah but then I learned how to hold them nicely.
And they're so calm, and they purr a little.
[Interviewer] So now our final thing is,
your porno name.
So what was your first pet's name?
My first pet's name was Lacey.
She was a rabbit that much later in life
turned out to be a boy.
So now I don't know.
She was renamed Larry David, later.
[Interviewer] I'll stick with Lacey.
[Interviewer] And what street did you grow up on?
Lacey Arlington, I like it.
Maybe it'll become my stage name.
[Interviewer] Say it again for me.