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Interview: Michael Zegen on Sending Off Joel Maisel and the Incredible Experience ‘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) into the sunset with a bit more comedy and drama before their time is up, and flashing forward for a peek at what Midge and everyone else, including her ex-husband Joel (Michael Zegen), get up to in the future.

Awards Radar had the chance to speak with Zegen about the chance to play Joel and to get to a part of a period series like this:

“I was always a big Back to the Future fan, so to get to work in the 1950s was a dream come true. If you’re fortunate enough to be a part of a show that has a budget and can make New York City look like another time period, it’s truly wild. Luckily, we worked for Amazon, and they supported us in every way. When you go to shoot a scene and you see the lineup of old cars, it’s truly mesmerizing. It really is. It’s a dream.”

He reflected on what it was like to shoot those memorable synagogue-set scenes:

“We always shoot at the same synagogue, since the first season, and it’s beautiful…Apparently, Ruth Bader Ginsburg attended. It’s gorgeous. But it’s always so hot in there, especially with the prosthetics that Rachel and I had to wear. And I was wearing something of a fat suit. It’s always a little bit uncomfortable, regardless of the fat suit. It’s always a little too hot. It reminds me of when I was a kid going to synagogue and sitting and standing and sitting and standing. It’s just exhausting. But that being said, typically when we shoot those scenes, everyone’s there. The whole cast. That’s a joy. That makes it all worthwhile.”

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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