Susie Actor Defends Midge’s Season 4 Career Arc

Susie Actor Defends Midge's Season 4 Career Arc

Alex Borstein, who plays Midge’s manager Susie on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, weighs in on the comic’s surprising season 4 career decision.

Susie actor Alex Borstein reflects on Midge’s career arc in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 4. The Prime Video series has been critically acclaimed since its debut in 2017. Borstein, who plays Midge’s manager, has been individually singled out for her work on the show, twice winning the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Midge and Susie’s relationship is arguably the series’ most important one, with Susie’s blunt honesty and business savvy essential to Midge’s career progression. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 4 finds Susie starting to take herself more seriously as a manager—she sets up her own office, hires a receptionist, and takes on a new client.

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Despite Susie’s success, Midge struggles with her job prospects in season 4. After being kicked off Shy Baldwin’s tour, she winds up emceeing at a strip club. Though Midge is able to perform the sort of stand-up she wants there, largely without limitations, it’s a considerable step down from where her career was previously headed. Still, when Midge is offered the chance to open for Tony Bennett, she turns it down, upsetting both Lenny, who arranged the gig, and Susie, who’s frustrated she refuses to be an opening act. This leaves Midge’s future as a comic up in the air heading into the show’s final season.

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In an interview with Variety, Borstein weighs in on Midge’s career arc in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 4. Though she agrees Midge’s decision isn’t the best from a financial perspective, she points out that it could be a turning point in her career. Read Borstein’s full quote below:

It’s not a great thing, but a lot of times, people hire managers to be more selective than they would be themselves. You hire a manager because you want them to think long-term and shape your career, whereas a frantic actor would be like, “I’ll take anything,” because you’re operating out of fear and fear alone. And in some weird way, that incident with Midge, maybe that really helped her not continue to do stand-up comedy for crowds that would, perhaps, alter what her material would be or how she would continue to grow. Money-wise, it’s insane — you don’t say no to opening for Tony Bennett. But in other ways, to have someone with that much poise say, “I know my value. I know my work. I know what I want to be, and maybe this is a better avenue,” it’s interesting.

Midge on stage smoking in The Marvelous Mrs Maisel Season 4

Borstein’s take on Midge’s decision makes a lot of sense. Though it may seem like Midge is simply being stubborn by refusing to serve as an opening act, it’s worth remembering that she hasn’t had the best experience with that in the past. Midge’s work with Shy Baldwin led to her biggest career disappointment yet, and serving as a warm-up act for Sophie Lennon was also a disaster. It may be as Borstein says: that Midge realizes she won’t be able to tell the sorts of jokes she wants as an opener, so it’s best to avoid it altogether, regardless of how famous the headliner is.

Still, it seems like Midge will continue to feel the ramifications of her decision well into season 5, having frustrated both Susie and Lenny with her choice. Additionally, after Midge struggled with her income in season 4, it seems likely those issues will remain when the show returns. However, since The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 5 will be the series’ last, hopefully, it will feature a turning point of some kind for Midge. The show could be setting up a major career victory in the series finale, which would certainly bring Midge’s story to a satisfying close.

More: Mrs. Maisel: What Happened To Midge’s Season 4 Revenge?

Source: Variety

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