How 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' fan Lin-Manuel Miranda freaked out star Melissa Fumero

Bill Keveney
Melissa Fumero might have felt the same way her 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' character, Sgt. Amy Santiago, does here when she encountered 'Hamilton' creator Lin Manuel-Miranda imitating Amy's 'power poses' in 2015.

LOS ANGELES — The one-day cancellation of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" in May unleashed a surge of online support for the comedy, which bolstered NBC's decision to pick up the Fox police comedy starring Andy Samberg for Season 6 (Thursdays, 9 EST/PST). 

Among the legion of supportive fans were bold-faced names including Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro, "Star Wars" icon Mark Hamill and actor Sean Astin.

Melissa Fumero, who plays ultra-competitive Sgt. Amy Santiago, was wowed by the celebrity fans, but she had long been aware of the support of another, "Hamilton" creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, who took to social media to urge that "Brooklyn" be saved.

"I knew about Lin. He tweeted about the show back in Season 1 (2013-14), before 'Hamilton,' says Fumero, who was a big fan of his earlier musical, 'In the Heights.'

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"So, I freaked out (after the first-season praise). And then 'Hamilton' came out and Lin helped me get a ticket" for a performance at New York's Public Theater, where the eventual Tony-winning musical played in 2015 before moving to Broadway.

Fumero was ready to heap praise on Miranda and then something weird — but really cool — happened. 

After the show, "We met in the basement of the Public Theater and I was (about to say), 'Oh my God, I can't even believe what I just watched!' And he was doing my power poses," as seen in the 2015 episode, "Windbreaker City," Fumero remembers. "I was like, 'No! Shut up! What? You just did this thing. We're not going to talk about my comedy show.' It was all very surreal."

Fumero wasn't the only one in shock over the display of fandom by an idol. "I had my best friend with me and his jaw was on the floor, like, 'What am I watching right now?' It was great," she says. "And with that, a nice little friendship blossomed over the years."