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Caroline Aaron Explains Her Character on 'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel'

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By Natalie Hunter

The Emmy Award winning show 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' premiered season 3 today (December 6th, 2019). The hit TV show created by Amy Sherman-Palladino features a woman named Midge who breaks away from her traditional 1950's lifestyle after her husband wants a divorce. Her husband was a failed stand-up comedian who stole jokes from famous comedians.

After her divorce, she returns to the comedy club her husband performed and discovers she has a natural talent for comedy. She defies norms by becoming a comedienne in the 50s.

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Caroline plays her former husband's, Joel, mother-in-law, Shirley. She is one of the characters that is traditional and sets the tone for the societal expectations of the 1950's. She explains why her character was disapproving of Midge's decision to become a stand-up comedienne.

“In that time period, the idea that a woman said that she was going to go off by herself in the world and tell jokes — it just seemed preposterous,” Aaron says in an exclusive interview with HollywoodLife.

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“My estranged daughter-in-law [on the show] has this crazy idea that she’s going to be a comedian,” Aaron continued. “But Shirley thinks that it’s temporary, she’ll just get over it. I think that Shirley’s not so disapproving of what Midge is doing, she just thinks it’s kind of nutty and that she’ll come to her senses.”

Aaron how explained how her personal feelings contradict her characters'. She believes that Shirley knows about her own husband's affairs but chooses to turn a blind eye.

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“There was a very subtle line that Moishe, played by Kevin Pollak, said to his son, our Joel. At one point in a scene he told him, 'I told you, girls like that are strictly for the side.' I remember, as a person, my heart broke in a sense. But I think that in the world that Shirley lives in, that goes on and you don’t see it, you put up the blinders," Aaron explained justifying her character's traditional outlook.

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"I have home and hearth and family. Whatever Moishe does on the side, I am not going to let that disrupt me and this sort of core foundation that I have. So I think to myself, if he had done it on the side, it would’ve been okay. But it’s not okay with Midge. And that’s the difference in our vocabularies as women, between Midge and Shirley,” she added.

Aaron also added that she believes Shirley wants Midge and Joel to get back together in season 3.

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