Being Seriously Ill Helped Rachel Brosnahan Nail Her ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Audition

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For her audition to play the title role in Amazon’s new comedy “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Rachel Brosnahan was sick to her stomach—and it had nothing to do with audition jitters.

In an interview with Vulture, the multi-talent recalls thinking she “had the plague” at the time she was due in Los Angeles for her callback. However, that less-than-ideal condition ultimately helped her to fully give herself over to the process.

“I was so sick, I couldn’t touch anybody,” she remembers. “My feet were sweating so much I had to take my shoes off part of the way through the audition… I think I had no choice but to let go, you know? Nothing to hold on to.”

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