Entertainment TV Rachel Brosnahan Was Told She Was 'Not Funny' for Years Before Comic Role on 'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' "It was really just a lot of people who were professionals kind of saying, 'You might want to head in a different direction. Maybe consider something over here,'" Rachel Brosnahan said By Dory Jackson Dory Jackson Instagram Twitter Website Dory Jackson is an Associate Editor for PEOPLE's digital TV team. While at the brand, she's had the opportunity to interview a long list of celebrities, from Kate Hudson to Pierce Brosnan to Billy Porter. She also recaps popular TV shows like The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules.The New York-based Maryland native graduated from Randolph-Macon College in May 2016 with a focus in Communication Studies and Journalism. She came to PEOPLE in March 2021 after working at a number of major news companies, including Newsweek and Us Weekly. She also previously co-hosted a podcast called "Idol Nation." People Editorial Guidelines Published on June 3, 2022 06:09 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: ANGELA WEISS/getty To many, Rachel Brosnahan playing a rising stand-up comedian on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel seemed like a natural fit – but according to the actress, not everyone felt that way about her. During the Prime Video show's FYC event on Thursday, Brosnahan appeared on a cast panel, where she disclosed how she "spent the first couple years of my career being told I was not funny." "It wasn't like an insulting thing. It was really just a lot of people who were professionals kind of saying, 'You might want to head in a different direction. Maybe consider something over here,'" she said at the event, which was held at Steiner Studios in Brooklyn, New York. "I think it's been a really challenging and really incredible exercise over the last couple of years." Brosnahan, 31, then said she's "eternally indebted" to series executive producers Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino "for saying yes and taking that kind of chance on someone" like herself. "The day I found out I was going to be their Midge, [I] lost a role that morning because I wasn't funny enough," she recalled. "They wanted someone funnier." Rachel Brosnahan Pulled a 'Drowned Rat' Out of Her New York City Toilet Rachel Brosnahan as Midge Maisel in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Amazon Studios Elsewhere during the panel, moderator Danny Strong recalled a conversation he had with Amy and Dan about the challenging process of casting Brosnahan's character, protagonist Miriam "Midge" Maisel. "I was having dinner with them in the early part of the casting process. And Amy, she said, 'Yeah, I can't ... I haven't found my lead. And if I don't find her, I'm just gonna not do the show because I need someone great or it's just gonna be a waste of my time,'" Strong, 47, recalled. "Then we had dinner, I don't know, a month later, three weeks later. And she was like, 'I found her. We're all good.' So literally, if she hadn't found [Rachel], there may never have been the show." Photos of the Cast of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Set for Season 4 Amy, 56, then revealed what pushed Brosnahan above the rest of the contenders during the audition period: "She was the only one who knew to step into a microphone. Everyone else moved away from the microphone." "She was the only one who knew if you're going to be a stand-up you're going to lean into that f---ing microphone," the Gilmore Girls creator continued. "And if you don't have the balls to do that, you got to get off the stage." RELATED VIDEO: Rachel Brosnahan Says She Can't Imagine Actually Doing Stand-Up Comedy Added Amy: "It was just like the minute she did that, we were kind of like, 'We're sold,' because it didn't matter what happened after that. If it didn't work, it didn't matter. All we know is she was the one who had the balls. She had the toughness. She understood the basic thing about comedy." Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories Brosnahan has gone on to garner praise for her performance as Midge. She has even earned an Emmy Award and two Golden Globe Awards. The first four seasons of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel are now streaming on Prime Video.