Rachel Brosnahan reveals quality she's learned from her 'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' character

Rachel Brosnahan has learned a lot from the characters that she's played over the years.

As the Emmy-winning actress gears up for the premiere of the second season of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" on December 5, she's beginning to reflect on what the career-boosting role of Midge has meant to her.

"I talk a little faster having played Midge, honestly," she said with a laugh while hosting the American Express Cash Magnet dinner in New York City. "I [also] hope I’ve picked up a little bit of her innate sense of self-empowerment. She approaches the world with a sense of curiosity and a sense of joy, and that’s something that I find inspiring and would like to take with me."

Before she became a household name through her time on the hit Amazon series, Brosnahan impressed critics and viewers alike with her turn as Rachel Posner on Netflix's "House of Cards." During her three-season stint on the show, the actress says she learned to be more "grounded" as a person and in her work going forward.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 06: 76th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Rachel Brosnahan arrives to the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019. -- (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 06: Rachel Brosnahan arrives at Amazon Prime Video's Golden Globe Awards After Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 06, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Morgan Lieberman/FilmMagic)
Rachel Brosnahan kicks off the holidays and keeps it simple with the American Express Cash Magnet Card. (Credit: Michael Simon/startraksphoto.com)
Actress Rachel Brosnahan participates with cast and creators of 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' and representatives from Girls Inc. in the ceremonial lighting of The Empire State Building in support of Girls Inc., on November 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Rachel Brosnahan attends the 2018 Tiffany & Co. Blue Book Gala on October 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/WireImage,)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 08: Rachel Brosnahan at 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Press Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on October 8, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
Rachel Brosnahan attending The World Premiere of The ROMANOFFS at the CURZON MAYFAIR London Tuesday 29th October 2018. (Photo credit should read Maurice Clements / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: (L-R) Tony Shalhoub, Rachel Brosnahan and Marin Hinkle attend the World Premiere of Amazon Prime Video's 'The Romanoffs' at The Curzon Mayfair on October 2, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
US actors Robert De Niro (R) and Rachel Brosnahan speak onstage during the 2018 Global Citizen Festival: Be The Generation in Central Park on September 29, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: Rachel Brosnahan attends the 2018 Global Citizen Festival: Be The Generation in Central Park on September 29, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
70th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Pictured: Rachel Brosnahan, 'Lead Actress - Comedy Series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' during the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Microsoft Theater on September 17th, 2018 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Rachel Brosnahan poses at the 70th Emmy Awards on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Jason Ralph, Rachel Brosnahan arrives at the 70th Emmy Awards on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage,)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Rachel Brosnahan is seen wearing a Rodarte dress outside the Rodarte show during New York Fashion Week: Women's S/S 2019 on September 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 28: (L-R) Tony Shalhoub, Alex Borstein, Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Zegen, Marin Hinkle, and Kevin Pollak of Amazon's 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' pose for a portrait during the 2018 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 28, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Robby Klein/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 28: Actor Rachel Brosnahan of 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' speaks onstage during the Amazon Studios portion of the Summer 2018 TCA Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 28, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Rachel Brosnahan speaks onstage during the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Rachel Brosnahan attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 06: Jason Ralph and Rachel Brosnahan attend the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
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"The nice thing about working in television and also playing characters that are actually so far who I am -- in order to find them and find where they live -- I have picked up a few things along the way. When I first started on 'House of Cards,' I was fresh out of college and playing a lot of uncertain characters, a lot of young ingénues (which made sense at the time) who had not yet come into their own, and playing that role for three years grounded me. To be able to play her, I was forced to find a more grounded part of myself, and that is something that I’ve held with me."

In addition to gaining important life skills and qualities from the characters that she has brought to life on screen, Brosnahan has also been given physical things inspired by the women that she's played. At the seated American Express dinner that celebrated holiday hosting made simple, the actress revealed that her parents once gave her a not-so-subtle present inspired by her time on "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel."

"In the hopes of encouraging me to holiday host a little more like Midge, my parents tracked down and sent me an exact replica of Midge’s pink Pyrex from the pilot," she told AOL with a laugh. "When it arrived in the mail, I was like, 'Does this mean I’m a terrible cook?' I did actually use it -- I hosted my family for the first time on Thanksgiving in New York [this year]." 

Though the gift gave her pause and made her question her cooking ability, the star did admit that she could "probably stand to pick up a few more tips from Midge."

"I feel like she’d throw a great party," she mused. "Midge doesn’t know how to do anything less than 150 percent and that’s something we have in common. Maybe we’d do different things with our 150 percent, but when I set out to do things, I do it all the way."

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