Marin Hinkle Interview: ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’
“Like in improv where you can’t say ‘no,’ I can’t say ‘no’ to this character,” admits Marin Hinkle from about her role on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” In our recent interview (watch the exclusive video above) she reveals, “I operate as a person with a lot of fear and insecurity. We went to Paris to shoot for season two and my character is so ballsy. To find her voice I had to leap into a pool not knowing if there would be water or not. In my own life this would be frightening.”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” tells the story of Miriam Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) who is a Jewish housewife in New York City. When her life starts to fall apart, Miriam finds solace in the world of stand-up comedy in 1958. The Amazon show was created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, whose husband Dan also serves as a writer and producer. Earlier this year it won two Golden Globes for Brosnahan and Best Comedy Series and at the Producers Guild Award.
In the series Hinkle plays Rose, the perfectionist mother of Miriam. Hinkle reflects that “I’m kind of a mess in real life. I look a bit like a bag lady. I love that Rose is so focused on making sure she’s doing the right thing and appearing the right way. She has a performance each day. It makes her an artist. The way she puts herself together has artistry. I’m so not that way. It’s a joy to try that on for size. Then it’s a joy at the end of the day to come back to my usual crazy mess. Unlike Miriam, she doesn’t have a sense of humor about herself, it’s a very different audience that Rose seeks.”
Hinkle says that “in most of the TV I’ve done, there were a lot of shots; a lot of them right on the face. I love that the whole body is seen here. It all plays out as if you were an audience member watching a theater piece. I think that’s what makes this show unique. It allows for that repartee that Amy and Dan are so famous for to happen. It is very musical. I’m not a musical theater person in terms of my abilities, but I love the genre. I feel in a way we are doing a musical without the song.”
In the show’s first season Rose has a breakdown at temple. Hinkle reveals, “They looked at about 50 different temples before we found one that accepted what words were going to be spoken. I do say a word beginning with f in a very religious setting. I lived with a little bit of fear that my mother-in-law would not enjoy that episode. And it was a little frightening to be in the midst of God and speak those words. But it was very enjoyable, too. The first couple of times we ran that scene I had to yell it. I did it so quietly that Dan had to say ‘it’s ok. God will go sleep. You can yell.’”
Hinkle explains what she is learning about herself from her time on the show: “You see, Amy has such style and a flare for artistry. I feel I have to enter that world and be unapologetic. You see the women of today who are rising up and having strength of voice; it makes me celebrate trying to be strong in myself. In the way I was brought up, I didn’t have that courage. The show is teaching me: Miriam opens herself up and, in a way, we all have to approach life that way.”