March 23, 2017

Martha Plimpton says “the possibilities are endless” with ‘Raising Hope’

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith

HollywoodNews.com: Martha Plimpton laughs at the notion, advanced by a TV blogger, that her Sept. 21-debuting “Raising Hope” has nowhere to go with its premise of a 24-year-old slacker trying to take care of his baby as a single dad, with help from his ne’er do well family.

Four shows into filming, she says, “It’s going great, really fun. The possibilities are endless, really, when you’re dealing with family life.”

Their low socio-economic position adds to their appeal, for her. “I like the fact that we’re playing people who are jerry-rigging their lives. It’s like they’re using duct tape, staples, anything they can get their hands on to make it work. The opportunities for comedy are endless in that sense.

“And also, it’s all coming from a warm and loving place,” adds the brilliant performer, who won Tony nominations in 2007, ’08 and ’09, among her many other accolades. “These people don’t bicker with each other out of irritation. There’s a lot of heart, a lot of sweetness to the show. I feel like we earn all the ridiculousness of it and whatever darkness is there.”

The 39-year-old daughter of actors Keith Carradine and Shelley Plimpton was playing young adult roles herself just the other day, wasn’t she? And now she’s playing a grandmother? Did she have any concerns about being tagged with the G-word? After all, as she herself notes, “Hollywood tends to age actresses very fast.”

Plimpton responds, “In this instance, no because that’s the joke of it. In our context, that’s the joke of the show.” She admits, “I didn’t relate at all to being the mother of a 24-year-old, and I didn’t relate even more to playing a grandmother. But we’re seeing that my character also doesn’t relate to being the mother of a 24-year-old.”

She says she didn’t hesitate to go after “Raising Hope” since 1) she wanted to work with creator Greg Garcia, and 2) “It’s the first time I’ve read a pilot where I’ve actually laughed out loud.”

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