Tiffany Haddish, Bryan Cranston and 8 More Guest Stars on Making the Most of Limited Screen Time

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The comedy vet plays Sophie Lennon, a well-known comedian who onstage plays an overweight, vulgar Queens housewife when in reality she is a refined, elegant woman living a life of luxury.


“As far as my character is concerned, you have to make up for the fact that you’re a woman in order to be successful in comedy, because it’s a man’s game. People don’t want to laugh at pretty faces, and they don’t want to laugh at women who know how to handle themselves. In the scene in her beautiful Upper East Side townhome, she wants her confirmation bias [reinforced by] Midge, by telling her, ‘This is what you have to do,’ and Midge (Rachel Brosnahan) doesn’t buy it at all. I think — although Sophie wouldn’t admit it — she’s a really defended person. One of the reasons she gave Midge her mink was as if to say, ‘Oh, you poor, shivering, cold person who doesn’t have this opulent lifestyle and doesn’t understand the rules. Here, take my fur fricking coat.’ That was a demeaning thing to do and very much trying to put her into her place, like, ‘Don’t you forget who’s ahead in the pecking order here, who the queen is. It’s me.’”

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