Rachel Brosnahan employed the five-finger discount while filming “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
The actress, 32, gleefully confessed to Page Six Style at the Thursday opening of her new play, “The Sign in Sidney Brustine’s Window,” that she “stole all of the coats from set,” noting that her character’s collection is made up of “probably, like, 100” pieces.
“I did tell them I was going to bring a U-Haul to the last day,” she explained, clarifying that she hasn’t “formally stolen them yet, but they are there waiting.”
When we inquired how she was going to store all that outerwear in a New York apartment given the city’s notorious lack of closet space, Brosnahan said, “I’m working on that as we speak. I’m going to get some kind of storage unit.”
Elaborated Brosnahan, “It let me try to do something that I never thought I’d have the opportunity to do. I grew as an actor [in ways] I couldn’t have imagined possible. And made a family. I grew up.”
But life after Midge Maisel has been exciting for Brosnahan. She is currently starring opposite Oscar Isaac at BAM in the first major New York revival of “The Sign,” which was written by “A Raisin in the Sun” playwright Lorraine Hansbury.
Set in Greenwich Village in the early ’60s, the play explores the relationships among a diverse group of friends, touching on themes of marriage, race, women’s rights, activism and presciently performative activism — the latter a topic on which Brosnahan has mixed feelings.
“On the one hand, I find myself grateful that people are doing something. It’s a first step, it’s not the whole thing,” she shared. “So I think I also get frustrated with people who aren’t willing to take a stand in any one direction, but it feels important to recognize that all of the statements and signs and things that we post on social media need to be followed up by action.”
Added Brosnahan, “I don’t want to discourage people from taking a stand, in one direction or another. Words matter too.”
You can see “The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music until March 24.