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Interview with Martha Plimpton of "Raising Hope" on
She is always fun to talk to. I enjoy talking to her
because she is fun, laid-back, and has a great sense of
FBC PUBLICITY: The Raising Hope Conference Call
September 28, 2012/10:30 a.m. PST
Moderator Ladies and gentleman, thank you for standing by.
Welcome to the Raising Hope Conference Call. At this time,
all participants are in a listen-only mode. Later, we will
conduct a question and answer session. Instructions will be
given at that time. As a reminder, this conference is being
I would now like to turn the call over to our host, Miss
Hayley Hindinger. Please go ahead.
H. Hindinger Good morning, everyone. Thanks for joining our
conference call today with Martha Plimpton, who plays
Virginia on Raising Hope, and is celebrating a recent Emmy
win. Raising Hope premieres its third season next Tuesday,
October 2, at 8:00 p.m., and the premiere episode will
feature guest stars, Melanie Griffith and Tippi Hedren. Now,
I will turn it over to you for questions.
Moderator One moment for the first question. We now go to
the line of Ann Daily. Can you please state your media
outlet? Please go ahead.
A. Daily Yes, itís Ö. Hello, Martha.
M. Plimpton Hi.
A. Daily I am a big fan. Iím a goonie. Iíve been a goonie
since the 80ís. Youíve done a big variety of roles, and I
was wondering whether you preferred drama or comedy?
M. Plimpton I like them both. I like being able to explore
whatever avenues Iím permitted to explore. As an actor, I
think variety is the spice of life, so I like doing it all.
A. Daily Cool. I was also was wondering what guest stars we
have coming up this season?
M. Plimpton Well, as you know, Melanie Griffith and her mom,
Tippi Hedren, are on our premiere episode. Then coming up,
who else do we have? We have a bunch of people. We have
Jenny Slate coming on, who was an SNL alumn.
M. Plimpton Oh, of course, Wilmer Valderrama, what am I even
thinking? He is on a bunch of episodes coming up. Chris
Klein, who is hilarious. Then Iím not sure who is coming up
after. We have a little bit of a break right now, so I donít
know who is coming up after that.
A. Daily Alright. Well, cool, thanks for answering my
M. Plimpton Sure.
Moderator We now go to the line of Thomas Hart. Please state
your media outlet,
and go ahead, sir.
T. Hart TVSource Magazine online. Hi, Martha.
M. Plimpton Hi.
T. Hart Iím a big fan of you; 27 years, ever since The
Goonies. Congratulations on your Emmy win, by the way.
M. Plimpton Well, thank you so much. Thank you.
T. Hart What was it like working with Michael J. Fox again
after all these years, because you did an episode Ö guys.
You played the runaway girl.
M. Plimpton Exactly. I played the little orphan girl, who
tries to shoplift from Malloryís Boutique in the mall. It
was awesome. I love Michael. He is a fantastically funny
person, incredibly smart, incredibly generous actor, and I
just adore him. The sweetest thing about him was that he
actually pretended to remember working with me all those
years ago, and I thought that just could not have classier
of him considering how many people he worked with when he
did that show. I just love him. I think he is terrific, and
I would kill to do it again.
T. Hart Well, thank you so much. One more question: you work
with Melanie Griffith and Tippi Hedren this season. What was
that like, and have you worked with them previously?
M. Plimpton No. I had never worked with them before, and
they were both lovely.
T. Hart Well, thank you so much.
M. Plimpton Sure, thank you.
Moderator We now go to the line of Monique Jones. Please
state you media outlet, and go ahead.
M. Jones TVEquals.com. Hi, Martha.
M. Plimpton Hi.
M. Jones What can you tell us about this season of Raising
M. Plimpton Well, gee, where do I begin? We are going to be
branching out a little bit, meeting more of Sabrinaís
family, and seeing a little bit more of the outside world.
There is a risk that maw maw could be removed from the home,
and we have to rescue her from a state-run nursing home. We
sort of pull off a little Mission Impossible thing there.
What else? Just more of the same, hilarious hijinks.
M. Jones With the show going on to this third season, how do
you feel about the longevity of the show? What do you think
about the show makes it resonate with fans so much?
M. Plimpton Well, I think itís really well written. I think
people are surprised when they watch it at how well written
it is. I think people are surprised by the sort of
underlying sophistication of the show, and I think that as
nutty and as crazy as it gets, it has a sort of underlying
core of honesty and authenticity. These are people who love
each other and itís not cynical.
Theyíre not mean to each other. Theyíre all in it together.
There are a lot of families out there in this county, who
are living with multiple generations under one roof, and
they can relate to the sort of ridiculous things that happen
when youíre living with that many people in a home. Stuff
like that I think.
M. Jones Thank you.
Moderator We now go to the line of Ryan Fertig. Please state
you media outlet and,
R. Fertig TV Week. Martha, Iíve seen Cloris Leachman on a
number of TCA panels and she tends to be pretty
rambunctious. Whatís it like to work with her on set on a
daily basis? Is that kind of behavior manifest itself on the
job as well?
M. Plimpton Sheís hilarious, she is fearless, she doesnít
care what anybody thinks, and she is very, very funny. If I
have that much energy when Iím 86, I will consider myself
R. Fertig Thank you.
Moderator We now go to the line of Tobey Jeffery-Greer.
Please state your media outlet. Go ahead.
T. Jeffery-Greer Hi, TheVoiceofTV.com. One of my favorite
things about Virginia is her use of malapropisms. I have to
thank you, first of all, for being integral in my sonís
education, because that came up in his English class last
week. He said, ďMom, I donít know what this is?Ē and I said,
ďItís what Jimmyís mom does on Raising Hope.Ē
M. Plimpton See, we are educational, too.
T. Jeffery-Greer I know, itís great. I was wondering how
much of that is you, and how much of that is the writers?
M. Plimpton Thatís all the writers, but to be honest, we did
incorporate something that a friend of my fatherís says a
lot in an upcoming episode about a real estate mongrel. I
feel proud to be able to have contributed to at least one
malaprop, and I think I may have contributed one or two
others last season; although, I donít know if I remember
which ones they were. No, thatís the writers. The writers
T. Jeffery-Greer Cool, okay, so educational and inclusive of
family and friends.
M. Plimpton Thatís right.
T. Jeffery-Greer Perfect. Thank you very much.
Moderator We now go to the line of Thomas Hart. Please state
you media outlet. Go ahead, sir.
T. Hart Hi, this is Thomas from TVSource Magazine online.
Martha, the show is doing a contest this season, The Raising
Hope Clean Sweep. Can you tell us a little bit about that?
M. Plimpton Well, last May, during the up fronts, I pitched
an idea for a contest that I wanted to do to engage the fans
more and give thanks to them, because I was so excited about
getting a third season. I suggested to the people over at
Fox that we have a contest in which Raising Hopeís biggest
fans win a chance for me to come fly anywhere in the country
and clean their house.
T. Hart Do you know what youíre getting yourself into?
M. Plimpton Absolutely. I always do. I was amazed that they
thought it was a good idea, and that they wanted to do it.
So here we are, and we somehow managed to hoodwink Garret
into it as well. He is going to be coming with me and
cutting lawns or cleaning pools, whichever is more
T. Hart Also, do you have a favorite episode of Raising
M. Plimpton Oh my goodness. I have a lot of them.
T. Hart There is so many.
M. Plimpton There is so many good ones. From Season 1, I
love the hoarders episode; the Jenga episode. I love that
episode, but there are so many of them. Oh my gosh, thatís a
really, really hard one. Thereís a Halloween episode coming
up that I havenít seen yet, but I loved shooting it. I
thought it was really, really fun to film. Then there is
another one coming up this season where we all participate
in a 1K race to benefit angry bowel syndrome. That was
really, really fun to shoot. I think thatís going to be a
good one. There is too many to list really.
T. Hart Yes. Well, thank you so much.
M. Plimpton Sure. Thank you.
Moderator We now go to the line of Martha Krista. Please
state your media outlet, and go ahead. Miss Krista, your
line is open.
M. Krista Iím sorry. TV Megasite. I was just wondering if
you could tell me anything about, other than the two guest
stars that we have already mentioned, Melanie Griffith and
Tippi Hedren, if you could tell me of any other upcoming
M. Plimpton Well, we mentioned a few of them earlier in the
call: Wilmer Valderrama and Chris Klein are coming up, and
they are both hilarious and great.
M. Krista Okay, Iím sorry, my phone must be cutting out. Iím
not able to hear you.
M. Plimpton Oh, okay, Iím sorry. Can you hear me now?
M. Krista I can.
M. Plimpton Okay, so we have Wilmer Valderrama and Chris
Klein and Jenny Slate, who is an SNL alumn. We always have a
lot of really fantastic actors willing to come and work on
our show. Itís great.
M. Krista Is there anyone that you havenít worked with that
you would like the chance to work with in the future?
M. Plimpton Wow, thatís a good question. There are so many
actors. Gee whiz. There are a lot of friends Iíd love to
have come on the show. I would love to have Sarah Silverman
on the show. I donít know if she would ever do it. Iíd love
to have any number of people. I wouldnít know where to
begin. There is too many to list.
M. Krista Okay. Well, great. Thanks for talking to us today,
and good luck on this season.
M. Plimpton Thank you.
Moderator We now go to the line of Stacy Roberts. Please
state your media outlet, and go ahead please.
S. Roberts SeriouslyOMG.com. I absolutely loved the season
M. Plimpton Oh, good. Thank you.
S. Roberts Youíre welcome. Thank you for it. Now that the
twins are older, are they easier or harder to work with?
M. Plimpton Oh thatís funny. First of all, theyíre so smart,
theyíre so sweet, and theyíre so fun that theyíre never hard
to work with, ever. Now that theyíre getting a little older,
itís harder to get them to do things if they donít want to
do them. Itís easier when they are babies. You can just prop
them in a chair, and theyíre just adorable, you know what I
mean? The girls are learning the concept ďno.Ē
The truth is they are so sweet, and their mom is so great
with them, and they love coming on set. They like everybody
there. They have a good time. We try to keep it fun for
them. Itís actually been really easy.
S. Roberts Oh, thatís great. So you havenít vacuumed them up
or anything recently?
M. Plimpton Sorry?
S. Roberts You havenít vacuumed them recently, like in the
M. Plimpton No. We have not vacuumed them recently, no.
S. Roberts Since you have a mother and daughter on the show
this year, any chance of your father coming on the show?
M. Plimpton Okay. I donít know. I donít know. Itís a good
question. Weíll see. Thatís up to the writers. I donít know.
S. Roberts Cool. Thank you very much.
M. Plimpton Sure.
Moderator We go to the line of Thomas Hart. Please state you
media outlet, and go ahead, sir.
T. Hart Hi. TVSource Magazine online. Martha, you and Garret
have amazing chemistry. Where does that come from? You all
are just so natural together.
M. Plimpton Well, chemistry is chemistry. I donít really
know. We both really like each other, and we are good
friends. Even though we had never worked together before we
started the show, we both had met, and we both had worked
with a lot of the same people. We both always wanted to work
together, so when it came time for us to go to network
together and test, I think it just felt like a good fit.
T. Hart Is he like his character at all?
M. Plimpton No, not at all. Not at all.
T. Hart Alright, well, thank you so much.
M. Plimpton You bet.
Moderator We now go to the line of Megan Johnson. Please
state your media outlet, and go ahead.
M. Johnson Hollywood.com. Hi. Thank you for joining us
today, Martha, and congratulations on your Emmy win.
M. Plimpton Thank you very much.
M. Johnson Now, my question is: we know now that Jimmy and
Sabrina get engaged in the premiere episode, does this mean
that we can see a wedding sometime in the near future?
M. Plimpton Well, thatís usually what follows an engagement,
but remains to be seen. Weíll see. I donít know.
M. Johnson Oh, okay. Sometime in the upcoming episode, if
there were to be a wedding, how do you think your character
will handle that situation?
M. Plimpton Well, I imagine it will be somewhat ridiculous.
Iím not sure. I donít know. I really donít know. Itís up to
the writers. Virginia didnít have much of a wedding herself,
so she might be really excited.
M. Johnson Okay. Thank you.
Moderator Speakers, there are no more questions in queue.
Please go ahead.
H. Hindinger Thank you everybody for joining today. Thank
you Martha, and everyone tune in next Tuesday.
M. Plimpton Okay, bye.
H. Hindinger Bye.
Moderator Ladies and gentlemen, that does conclude our
conference for today.
Thank you for your participation and using the AT&T
Executive TeleConference. You may now disconnect. Speakers
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