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Interview: Alex Borstein On Bidding Farewell to Susie and Flashing to the Future of ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’

It’s been a great run for Prime Video’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which has taken home twenty Emmy Awards over the course of its first four seasons. Now, the show returns for its final nine episodes, sending Midge (Rachel Brosnahan) and her manager Susie (Alex Borstein) into the sunset with a bit more comedy and drama before their time is up.

Awards Radar had the chance to speak with Borstein about saying goodbye to Susie and particularly how she was pleased not to know about how things were going to turn out:

“Everything was released in little blurps. Drips and drabs, as Amy would say. I never really had a clear arc. I think Rachel, at one point, went to them and said, I’ve got to know. I have to know something of how I’m going to do this. I never really knew what was coming, which was terrifying, but I also really liked it. I think you have a natural reaction that way. Had I known throughout the series about Susie and Hedy and this reality, I would have been playing her different the whole time. I’m so glad I didn’t know. I’m so glad I didn’t help make a character that was hiding anything. She just was living very honestly and doing her thing, and this was not on her mind.”

She also reflected on filming that friendship-ender scene with Midge:

“It was devastating to perform. It’s also so off-putting being in that makeup and seeing yourself in the mirror before you leave the hair trailer, and then looking into Rachel’s face. She had a lot less prosthetics on, but still, it’s altering. It really messes with your mind. You’re like, who is this middle-aged, or older woman in this temple that I’m yelling at? Oh wait, that’s Rachel. Okay, got it. But it was – it left us both feeling imbalanced. Life without Midge for Susie. Feeling that loss. There was an imbalance you felt after that scene.”

Watch the full conversation below.

All five seasons of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel are streaming on Prime Video.


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Written by Abe Friedtanzer

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