Rachel Brosnahan's Fake Internet Birthday Fooled Benedict Cumberbatch

Rachel Brosnahan's Fake Internet Birthday Fooled Benedict Cumberbatch

-It's always great
to see you, buddy. -Thank you.
Nice to see you. -And happy belated birthday.
-Thank you very much. -I did not —
Your birthday is… -July 12th.
-July 12th. -Yeah.
-There's some confusion about — -There's been a little bit
of confusion about this. I'm about
to start turning bright red because I just feel
so terrible about it. It's — Okay.
It was not initially my fault. Now it is my fault.
-Okay. -Here's why.
-Okay. -So, when —
[ Laughs ] A couple years ago, I started getting random
birthday messages, tweets. Just a few on Twitter and things on April 2nd,
saying, "Happy birthday." -Yeah. -And I was like,
"Oh, that's strange. It's not my birthday."
-Birthday, no, it's not. -"But thank you so much." And it started happening
a little bit more, and I finally just
got on Twitter and said, "You know, it's not my birthday
but thank you so much." My — And then — Okay.
So, a friend of mine and I, we're sort of
laughing about this. We were like, "It's so strange
that my birthday is April 2nd on the Internet."
I told someone. I said, "Go online and, like,
see if you can change this. It says it on Google.
Like, go on the Internet. Change my birthday."
-Yeah. -Someone went on
and put my real birthday in. -Yes.
-And it was rejected. [ Laughter ] It was — They just said,
"That's not it." -No, that's not —
-"April 2nd is her birthday. This is not it."
I was like, "Okay." That's the original fake news. Like, it became truer
than the truth. My friend and I
found this very amusing, so I got on Twitter,
like an idiot, and said, "Who wants to change
my Internet birthday? December 15th?"
[ Light laughter ] -You just said that as a joke?
You just made that up? -We just thought it would be
stupid and amusing. There were like couple thousand
people who followed me. I never thought
anyone would care, and then it became
so, so, so real. -It's real.
-It's so real. -This is
a screenshot from today. -This is how you know.
Wikipedia says it's real. -December 15th.
[ Laughter and applause ] [ Sad trombone ] -But it became so real that
I was shooting a movie abroad this past winter, and, you know,
like, it was December, and I walked on set one day, walked into my trailer and there
were flowers everywhere. Benedict Cumberbatch
bought me a book. And I was like —
Just felt like so mortified. And then I told everyone
that it wasn't my birthday. They were embarrassed, then I nearly died
of secondhand embarrassment. Anyways,
this is a very silly story. I really need to come clean.
My birthday is July 12th. Somebody please change it
on Wikipedia! -July 12th!
[ Cheers and applause ] She's not this type of person!
-I'm not a liar! -We don't like these tricks!
-I tried to change it back. -July 12th.
Oh, yeah. No — July 12th, please,
Internet, if you're watching… [ Laughter ] -Wikipedia.
-Yeah. Wikipedia, change that thing. -If you hear this,
please change my birthday. -Yeah. Please,
you're too nice for this. -I'm so sorry.
-I know. No, no. We know
it's coming from a good place. Please, we love you. Tell me about
your work with Covenant House. -Yes. So, I've been working
with this amazing organization called Covenant House
for the last seven years. It's an organization
that provides vital support and services to young people
overcoming homelessness. And they have a presence
in 31 cities across the U.S., Canada, and Latin America.
-Wow. -And this upcoming August 19th,
myself — me — and a bunch of other members of the Broadway and film and television
community will be spending a night outside
as an act of solidarity and to raise money
and awareness for Covenant House and the young people
that they provide services for. -Good for you.
[ Cheers and applause ] Amazing.
-Yeah. I'm really excited. -How do people get involved?
How do they — How do they know
how to get involved? -There are a lot of different
ways to get involved. The easiest and fastest way
is to make a donation. -Okay.
-Any donation helps, no matter how small and no
matter how large, they all help. [ Laughter ] The link is —
I've posted all over the place. It's in my Instagram bio,
on Twitter, on the Facebook somewhere. And you can also join
a sleep out near you. The Covenant House
has a presence all over the U.S. You can find one. They do sleep outs
all year long. There's also
a Sleep Out America, which is in November,
and you can sleep out anywhere with your friends, with your
family, your co-workers from — in your own front or back yard.
-Wow. -Yeah.
-Good for you for doing that. -Thank you.
It's been an amazing experience. -Every time you come on,
I feel like — I don't know. Maybe I'm good luck
or something like that. Or maybe
you're just really talented. You win another —
You win another award, and I have to congratulate you
on the award. But you —
-Is that true? -Yeah.
-Every time? -Every time you've come on,
you've won — You won a Golden Globe.
You won an Emmy since last time. -I think that means
that you're my good luck charm. Thank you!
-Yeah, I am. But, no, you're really good.
You're really talented. But I always say congrats
on your Emmy nomination. -Thank you very much.
[ Cheers and applause ] Thanks.
-Well deserved. -Thank you.
-And it's such a tricky role. I say this every time you're on,
but it's such a tricky role to play a comedian, 'cause usually
when you see these shows, they're not quite
funny enough jokes, and you're like, "Yeah, I love
her, but it's not funny." You're funny, and it's great. And so you're just knocking it
out of the park. So congrats on that.
-Thank you. -I know you're filming
season three, or are you finished filming? -We are in the middle of filming
season three. We're about 3/4
of the way through. -Really? All right.
[ Cheers and applause ] I'm happy about this. Can you say anything about the
plot or we'll just find out? -I can't say a whole lot.
I don't want to spoil anything. -I don't want
to get you in trouble. -We know from the end of last
season that Midge is on the road this year
with Shy Baldwin, and so there will be some —
some shenanigans. We shot a couple weeks in Miami,
which was crazy. -Oh, fun. -But, yeah,
she's on the road this year. That's about all I can say. -I saw that you were in JFK.
-I was at JFK. We were shooting some promo
shoots — shots, shoots at JFK. -Yeah.
-Just for an afternoon. But it was — it was fun because we got to go through security
in costume. We got, like,
these tickets to nowhere and got to go through the TSA
in full costume to take some photos. And so Alex Borstein
and Amy and Dan and a bunch of our crew —
-Did people freak out? I mean, here's —
-You know — -Someone took a photo
of you in costume. -Yeah, that's me
at security in JFK. [ Laughter ] Getting very patted down…
-Yeah. -…and metal-detected
because within this costume there's a lot of underthings. I wear a wig on the show. There's a lot of clips
that are involved. So the metal detector
was like — [ Both impersonating beeping ] -Yeah, yeah.
-You know, everywhere. They're like,
"Can you take that off?" I was like, "Not really." -But did fans just come up and
go, like, "What is going on?" -Honestly, we went
relatively unnoticed. We just kind of
marched through JFK and — You know,
New Yorkers don't care. They're just trying to get out
of here in the summer. They just went about their day.
-New Yorkers don't care. -They've seen crazier things
on the streets of New York. -Yeah, they have.
-They were like, "Eh." -"Yeah, we're good."


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