I wasn't funny. And I lost a lot of jobs because [casting directors] agreed."That clearly didn't stop Sherman-Palladino from hiring her to fill Midge's kitten-heeled shoes."Rachel was the only actress we saw who didn't have a fear of stand-up," she explains."Stand-up is terrifying, and she came into the audition and knew to lean into the microphone. The moment she did that, we knew we'd found our girl."

What's extra fun for viewers of Mrs. Maisel is getting to time-travel to midcentury New York and (this season)Miami. It's a valentine to days gone by, from the makeup counter in B. Altman to the red tabletop booth in the Stage Deli to the giant dining hall in a Catskills resort and the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach.

"I had never done a show this light and colorful," says production designer Bill Groom, who won four Emmys for his work on Boardwalk Empire."It's really about the spirit of the time period, but the details are important."That makeup counter in B. Altman features vintage glass showcases discovered in a defunct department store in Connecticut. For the "We're Going to the Catskills!"episode, the team used the 150-year-old Scott's Family Resort in upstate New York to represent Steiner's, the summer camp Midge's family visits each year. "We talked to the family who still owns it," says set designer Ellen Christiansen," and they showed me pictures and old postcards of what it looked like in 1959."

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The lipsticks are so popular on Mrs. Maisel that Revlon has introduced a line called the Marvelous Super Lustrous Collection in Take the Stage Reds. A swipe of the bold Fire & Ice or the slightly pinker Cherries in the Snow can mean the difference between a character feeling strong or more vulnerable in a scene. "Like everything else in this show, it's all about the details," says Marin Hinkle, 53, who plays Midge's mother, Rose Weissman.

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