There are times when a star emerges from what seems like nowhere and becomes an instant Hollywood darling. That seems to be what has happened with Rachel Brosnahan, to some degree. Now, Brosnahan has been in the industry for quite a few years, earning steady roles. However, the critically acclaimed The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel definitely put her on the map. All of a sudden, everyone wants to know who she is, and where she came from.
That’s the kind of big break that all celebrities dream of! Sure, it can be nerve wracking to get all that attention after being relatively anonymous for years. However, it’s also a surefire way to know you’ll get a foot in the door at auditions. You may still need to try out for the part, but it’s certainly easier if you’re a recognized name rather than a total unknown.
Despite the fact that Brosnahan is becoming a total Hollywood superstar, many people still don’t know all that much about her. In fact, there are some that don’t even know her name! They just know her as that girl from that show — and that’s something that needs to change.
Brosnahan is the type of celebrity who is super talented, yet super humble at the same time. We have no doubt that her career will just continue to grow and grow — and we can’t wait to see what types of projects she takes on next!
Whether you’re a fan of Mrs. Maisel or not, trust us, you’ll want to know Rachel Brosnahan. Here are 15 things about the actress you may not have known.
She’s Been A New Yorker For A Decade
There are many, many celebrities who move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. After all, that’s where the hub of television and movies is — Hollywood!
However, there are also quite a few actors who decide to try starting out in New York. Sometimes, it’s because it seems like a more appealing city to them than Los Angeles. Sometimes it’s because they have dreams of being on stage on Broadway rather than on set.
Either way, Rachel Brosnahan is one of the New York crew. Rather than driving around in sunny Los Angeles, she’s taking the NYC subway to auditions — and loving it. She confessed to Us Magazine that “I just celebrated my 10th anniversary in NYC! I feel like I can finally call myself a New Yorker.”
She Watches Performances Of “Defying Gravity” For Inspiration
Okay, just when we thought Rachel Brosnahan couldn’t get any cuter, she confesses something like this.
Every actress has times when they’re just not feeling particularly inspired. They have to find a way to get their energy back up and get their creativity flowing again — and Rachel Brosnahan found her perfect solution.
As she told Us Magazine, “whenever I need inspiration, I watch YouTube videos of all the Elphabas [from Wicked] singing “Defying Gravity.” She truly is a Broadway superfan!
We love that the thing she gets most inspired by is seeing other talented individuals performing on stage. We wouldn’t be surprised to see her returning to Broadway between acting jobs in Hollywood.
She’s Naturally Blonde
Most people know Rachel Brosnahan as a brunette. And, the shade totally works on her. She has creamy porcelain skin, so dark brunette locks look amazing. However, did you know that she’s actually a natural blonde?
Brosnahan admitted that she started dying her hair dark brown when she was just 16 years old. Apparently, she just feels more like herself with darker hair. In an industry where so many actresses opt to go platinum blonde, we love that she’s going in the opposite direction.
And, while she looks beautiful as a blonde, we have to admit — we kind of like the brunette locks a bit better as well!
She Absolutely Adores Travel-Size Condiments
As a busy actress, Rachel Brosnahan is likely constantly on the go. Whether she’s heading to set or travelling on a press tour, she’s likely eating out the majority of the time. And, it turns out, she has a bit of a secret — she absolutely adores travel-size condiments.
Many celebrities have shared an affinity for hot sauce before, and confessed that they travel with a small bottle of it in their bag. However, Brosnahan doesn’t restrict her condiment love solely to hot sauce. We’re not sure exactly what her condiment line-up looks like, but there’s something charming about the fact that she takes a mini pantry with her wherever she goes.
Perhaps she’s just experienced far too much bland food!
She’s Not Super Tech-Savvy
There are some celebrities who are total tech geniuses. Then, there are others who prefer to do things the old-fashioned way. It turns out, Rachel Brosnahan may fall a bit more into the latter camp. It’s something her character Mrs. Maisel would definitely approve of, given that she’s from an earlier era!
As Brosnahan spilled to Us Magazine, “for a millennial, I’m particularly technologically challenged. It drives my mom insane.”
We’re not sure just how bad her lack of tech savviness is, but it’s kind of endearing. I mean, there’s constantly new gadgets flooding the market — anyone would be hard pressed to master them all!
Her Self-Care Habits Are Singing In The Shower And Watching Survivor
Self-care is a huge buzz word lately, and for good reason — it’s really important. No one is able to give 110% for months and months on end. You absolutely need to take time for you, and find activities that help recharge your batteries.
For some, that may be working out, or getting a massage. For others, perhaps it’s spending time reading in solitude. For Rachel Brosnahan, self-care is all about two things: singing in the shower as loud as she can, and watching Survivor with her pups.
We wouldn’t have taken her for a reality television superfan, but apparently she is! Who would have guessed?
She Has Dual Citizenship In The U.S. And U.K.
Rachel Brosnahan has a certain regal quality about her. We can easily see her playing some kind of British royalty in a role in the future. And, it turns out, she’d have some first-hand experience with what life in the U.K. is like — she’s actually a dual citizen!
Brosnahan was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and doesn’t have a British accent. However, her mother is British, which is where she gets her dual citizenship from.
It may very well come in handy if she ever wants to spend extended time in the U.K. for a project. Perhaps she’ll put Broadway in New York City on hold for a while, and try out what it’s like to be on stage in London.
She’s Never Without Her SPF 50
There are many celebrities who love looking bronzed and golden, like they’ve been sitting out forever in the California sun. Rachel Brosnahan is not one of them. She’s known for her very pale skin, and she wants to keep it that way — for health reasons.
Most of us know about the dangers of sun exposure, so we’re happy to hear that Brosnahan is vigilant about sunscreen. As she confessed, “I never go anywhere without sunscreen — at least SPF 50! I’m a vampire.”
It just sounds like common sense to us! After all, as an actress, her face is basically her canvas. Why wouldn’t you want to protect that as much as you can?
She’s Not Into The Club Scene
There are many celebrities who get a taste of fame and kind of go a little crazy. All of a sudden, they start hanging out in the hottest clubs, taking advantage of everything Hollywood has to offer. Luckily, Rachel Brosnahan is likely never going to fall down that rabbit hole. The club scene just really isn’t her thing.
As she told Us Magazine, “my ideal Friday night is hanging out at my place, drinking wine and playing board games with my friends.” Sounds amazing!
We get the sense that Brosnahan is basically the exact same now that she’s famous that she was as a regular person. And, there’s just something so endearing about that.
She Keeps Her Prestigious Awards In The Bathroom
Every celebrity has a different thought process when it comes to where they keep their trophies and awards. Some opt to keep them in the place where they work, if they’re a producer or writer. Others have them on display in their home, on a fireplace mantel or bookshelf. However, quite a few make the odd decision to keep their awards in the bathroom — including Rachel Brosnahan.
That’s right — she spilled to late night host Jimmy Fallon that she keeps her Emmy and Golden Globe awards in the bathroom.
Hey, the woman lives in New York City — storage space is hard to come by!
She’s Related To The Late Kate Spade
Before she became an actress who walked the red carpet in loaned designer gowns, Rachel Brosnahan had a link to the world of fashion. It turns out, the late Kate Spade was actually her aunt! It seems that creativity and a passion for the arts definitely runs in the family.
And, People recently reported that Brosnahan will pay her aunt a touching tribute by being the face of her label, Frances Valentine. We can’t think of a better person for the job.
It’s just too bad that Spade wasn’t around long enough to see her niece walk the red carpet in one of her creations. What an amazing experience that would have been!
She’s A Huge Coffee Lover
Rachel Brosnahan definitely has a busy schedule. However, there’s one thing that keeps her afloat — coffee.
It turns out, as she confessed to the LA Times, she drinks what she calls “vats of coffee” when she needs to memorize lines from her scripts. We’re not sure exactly what it is about sipping a cup of joe that makes it easier for her, but hey — whatever works!
It’s tough to memorize lines no matter what. However, on a television show where you’re getting a new script every week, we imagine it’s even harder. She’s found a delicious trick that works for her, so why not go for it?
She Was Sick For Her Mrs. Maisel Audition
Given that she ended up getting the role, you might assume Rachel Brosnahan had an amazing audition for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. It seems that wasn’t the case, though.
As Brosnahan admitted in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, “I rallied, but I honestly was so sick during the camera test. I was so sweaty Amy [the executive producer] kept stopping me because I had to powder my face, I was blowing my nose, I took my shoes off at some point… at best, that test was a beautiful disaster! But Midge is kind of a disaster sometimes.”
Obviously, the producers and casting team saw something in Brosnahan that they loved. So, they hired her despite the less than desirable audition.
She Has Broadway Experience
Brosnahan brings vintage Hollywood to life on screen in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. And, it turns out, she has a fair bit of experience on Broadway. It was where she really honed her skills as an actress before breaking into the Hollywood scene.
In fact, she gave an interview to Broadway magazine back in 2013, when she starred in The Big Knife. She confessed that “I’m the youngest member of the cast by quite a lot, so it’s been a lot of listening and observing.”
Given that she got her start performing live, where there were no retakes or shooting scenes a second time, she probably learned quite a bit!
She Loves Medical Documentaries
Rachel Brosnahan hasn’t had the chance to star in any kind of medical dramas yet. However, if a role like that came across her desk, she just might find it impossible to turn it down. It turns out, she’s a huge medical documentary junkie!
In fact, she loved medical mysteries and documentaries that focused on that world so much, she nearly became a surgeon! When she sat down to really think about it, though, she realized that acting appealed to her more.
She’s probably too busy with her filming schedule nowadays to watch too much television. However, perhaps one day she’ll get to bring her passion to life and star as a doctor in one of her projects.
References: US Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Broadway, LA Times, Vulture