Proof Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein Are An Even Better Duo Offscreen

Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein have audiences laughing on their Amazon comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. And offscreen, the co-stars have created an even stronger bond.

By Jamie Blynn Dec 06, 2019 11:00 AMTags
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For Alex Borstein, the 2019 Emmys were a time for celebration and reflection.

Onstage accepting her trophy for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, she turned the conversation to her grandmother, a Holocaust survivor. "My grandmother was in line to be shot into a pit and she said, ‘What happens if I step out of line?'" the actress told the audience. "He said, ‘I don't have the heart to shoot you but somebody will.' And she stepped out of line. And for that, I am here. And for that, my children are here. So step out of line ladies. Step out of line."

The moment sparked a viral phenomenon, but for Borstein and her Marvelous Mrs. Maisel co-star Rachel Brosnahan, it's a motto they've lived by for years. On the Amazon award-winning show, the duo step out and away from the perceived norm, portraying ambitious, strong-minded women for what they truly are: really freaking funny. In fact, according to Borstein, it's absurd we're still even asking whether women can crack a joke. "Do I think men are funny? That's a better question," she told to E! News. "Only when they're naked."

And on Amy Sherman-Palladino's Maisel, this du never needs to ditch their clothes just to score a laugh. Brosnahan plays perfect, Jewish housewife turned single comic Midge Maisel, trying to make it in the stand-up circuit dominated by men. By her side for every joke is Borstein's crass, toilet-plunging aficionado Susie Myerson.

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They're an unlikely duo, but when they join forces—and put their t-ts up—they're unstoppable. "I love their relationship so much," Brosnahan has raved. "It's really the core of the show, this budding womance, as Alex lovingly refers to it. They are such an odd couple and they've chosen to link arms and walk down this unbeaten path together."

Offscreen, they're following suit. For the get-go, the co-stars—ironically both from Chicago's Highland Park neighborhood—have had a familial camaraderie.

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"When I went to the audition, we were put in the room and read together having never met," Borstein recalled to the LA Times. "And it just worked. She's a very delicate, feminine creature. And I'm kind of like a bulldog. And it just worked. It was an immediate amount of trust."

It's that honest, tell it like it is dynamic that allows them to shine—and land (just about) every joke. "I try and ask Alex all kinds of advice during the stand-up," the 29-year-old told E!. "Usually Alex just tells me not to f--k it up." Which, not a bad recommendation.

It's a once-in-a-lifetime kind of a relationship.  "People strive for that type of friendship," Borstein said. "Where you can be harsh with each other rand still take care of each other."

"Female friendships are the most important thing in my life," continued the icon. "It's the truest, most genuine relationship that's possible. And so I'm happy the show celebrates that because you don't get to see it a lot."

And now, to celebrate the show's third season, get your t-ts up and keep scrolling through to relive this duo's best offscreen moments.

Kidding Around

We're not joking: Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein are always good for a laugh.


Selfie Game Strong

They may be "dazed and confused," according to Borstein, but this duo is always marvelously fabulous.

Talk to the Hand

Instead of t-ts up, it's, uh, fingers up on set of the Amazon show.


Best in Show

The best way to celebrate a Golden Globes win is with a laugh and your friend.

Marvelous and Petrified

"Why do we look terrified?" asks Borstein and, uh, honestly, there's no answer for that one.  

In the Making

We present a behind-the-scenes shot of the iconic duo's signature selfie pose.

Moral Support

While performing in Title of Show in Barcelona, Borstein has the support of one very special audience member: "Thanks to my little Midge for trekking out to #Barcelona."

Don't Choke

"The Idea of doing this show was one of the most exciting and terrifying things that I've ever been faced with," Brosnahan admits to E! News. "Alex can certainly attest that I've been a neurotic mess."

A Perfect Match

They spend so much time together, they're starting to coordinate. This look? "Old-timey bank robber/ballerinas," hails Borstein. "Is that a thing?"

Just Like the Legends

From the beginning, "the chemistry was there," raves Borstein, comparing them to Mary Tyler Moore and Valerie Harper. "It worked well."


Their celebrity couple name: Smidge, of course.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 3 now streaming on Amazon.

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