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'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel': Tony Shalhoub on the real-life parallels of Abe's Midge epiphany

Marin Hinkle also chimed in to say that her on-screen husband was aware of their daughter.

Tony Shalhoub (Abe Weissman) in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 5

Tony Shalhoub (Abe Weissman) in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 5 Prime Video

[The following story contains spoilers The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel fifth season, eighth episode. ]

at in a sea of ​​various storylines The Marvelous Messer Mrs. Season 5 Abe Weisman (Tony Shalhoub) Epiphany: He never gave Midge ( Rachel Brosnahan ) Enough credit.

At the end of the penultimate episode of the series , Abe was sitting at dinner with three other men, apparently going through something inside. When Gabe (Chris Eigeman) was in The colleagues village sound, asked what he said he went through, and his response was “just the whole damn world.”

Abe explained that he felt that men hadn’t seen the world for what it was , and all his ideas about the role of a man in a woman are completely wrong, as is the way he has raised his two children.

“My daughter was dumped by her husband for no reason,” he said in an emotional monologue. “Instead of breaking down from the weight, she came out stronger. A new person—or so I thought. But now, I think, maybe, this is what she’s always been. I never really saw her as a Something.”

He goes on to point out that he does take his son Noah (Wil Brill) seriously. He used to take him to Columbia University when he was a professor there and make him dream about what he could be one day. Abe couldn’t remember if he ever did that for Midge.

“I don’t think I’ve ever thought about it,” Abe said. “As unfathomable as this career choice of hers was, she did it on her own, without help from me or her mother. Where did this come from? This strength? This fearlessness that I never had? My poor son never did? What would happen to her if I helped her instead of ignoring her? Ignoring who she really is? My daughter is an amazing person. And I don’t think I ever said anything like that to her. ”

This episode marks the first time Abe shows how much he respects Midge as a woman in 2023sand’s, for Shalhoub, the scene is personal. He has two daughters about the same age as Midge The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel , He had a similar moment to Abe in the restaurant with them.

“Like fathers, caregivers, patriarchs, or any other crap you delude yourself into believing, you discover that your children really are these…they are autonomous, they are who they are creature,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “Some of the stuff they have is there. It’s just hardwired.”

He explained that he had moments where he realized that maybe his input had less impact on his children’s lives than he thought, adding, “So, at every level, that scene was very Has weight.”

Marin Hinkle, at

Plays Abe’s wife Rose Messer , said that on the day the scene was filmed, she happened to be walking around New York City and stumbled across the West Village restaurant where they were shooting. She walked in and realized it was the scene she remembered from reading through.

“It didn’t feel like a huge key [scene],” Hinkle told THR. “That was one of my favorite, most powerful, most monumental scenes. However, as you You know, because you saw it, it wasn’t treated like that, was it? Like, ‘Oh, a conversation between a group of people.'”

She pointed out that the scenes were – some men who are only now realizing maybe they did something wrong when it comes to raising kids, “that’s the way life is.”

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