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How Rachel Brosnahan's Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Castmates Supported Her After the Death of Her Aunt Kate Spade

Filming on season two "shut down" so she could spend time with family.

Over the course of filming two seasons, the cast of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has gotten quite close. And so when the show's star Rachel Brosnahan suffered a personal tragedy, her co-workers were all there to support her.

At the Emmy Awards last night, several actors on the show reflected on how the production dealt with the death of Brosnahan's aunt Kate Spade, who died by suicide in June of this year. 

"Well, one thing that was extraordinary was that [Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino] honored the need to let her have some time and space," Marin Hinkle, who plays Rachel's character's mother in the series, told ET at the Awards show. "In fact, she was so strong. Rachel is very like her character, she was able to persevere through it, but they actually said, 'Why don't you take a little time for yourself?'"

Tony Shaloub, who plays Rachel's character's father on the series also shared that Brosnahan wanted to keep working, but the Palladinos insisted she take a break.

"She wanted to keep going and keep working and not disrupt the production and they just wouldn't hear of it," he said.

"They said, 'No, no, we'll shoot around you. You go away for as long as you need,' and we've all been just trying to be a bench stop for her."

Alex Borstein, too, revealed how the cast rallied around Brosnahan, “We kind of shut down production for a little bit so she could go and be with her family,” Borstein told People. "We all reached out to her in different ways."


At the time of her aunt's death, Brosnahan posted a tribute on Instagram, a video of Spade dancing along with a poignant caption, which reads:

"Knowing Katy, this is how she would want to be remembered. She had a light that words can’t capture but touched everyone she came into contact with. She was exceedingly kind, beautifully sensitive, insanely talented, funny as heck and one of the most generous people I have ever known. She was effervescent. Hug your loved ones extra tight today."

Last night, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel walked away with with four Emmy wins, including Best Comedy Series, and a Best Lead Actress in a Comedy win for Brosnahan.

Filming for season two of the Amazon Prime series just wrapped, and while a premiere date has yet to be shared publicly, the show's most recent trailer promises it's "coming soon."

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