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A lot of people in this country right now are living with multiple generations under one roof, struggling to make ends meet.

Martha Plimpton

Actors, they come and go, you know.

Martha Plimpton

As an actress for most of my life, I am profoundly familiar with poverty.

Martha Plimpton

At this point, I don’t get hired a lot because people don’t think I could finance a movie.

Martha Plimpton

Being nominated is the win. For me, being nominated is winning. It’s just unbelievable.

Martha Plimpton

Cigarettes are an instant signifier in culture. It punctuates a joke, or puts that extra zing on a punch line. I like them as a prop. I think it can be really useful for character and texture and contrast and all of that.

Martha Plimpton

I almost never have a plan for myself… I’m not ambitious in that way.

Martha Plimpton

I am a fierce patriot, and I try to be outspoken about my beliefs.

Martha Plimpton

I am a United States citizen and I vote.

Martha Plimpton

I am not a morning person. I like to sleep in.

Martha Plimpton

I am not bored at all. I am not bored in the least.

Martha Plimpton

I don’t know if I’ve learned anything about people, but I’ve learned about Twitter.

Martha Plimpton

I don’t like to get bored and don’t like to repeat myself.

Martha Plimpton

I don’t pay attention to the ratings.

Martha Plimpton

I feel comfortable in the presence of oddity. Probably because I’m a little bit odd.

Martha Plimpton

I hate those people who say ‘I don’t own a television’ – I own one and I watch it whenever I can.

Martha Plimpton

I just want to be clear, I am a very dark and bitter person, but I think on some level, everything really does come when it’s meant to come.

Martha Plimpton

I like cluttered, old, dark-wood antiques. I like character.

Martha Plimpton

I like things that are civilized.

Martha Plimpton

I live like a crazy old pack rat.

Martha Plimpton

I love dogs because they’re so adaptable.

Martha Plimpton

I prefer to think of the audience as a single living organism with which I am sharing a singular, never-to-be-repeated experience.

Martha Plimpton

I want to be true to the character and maintain some consistency and give the audience what they love while at the same time keeping things fresh and grow the character.

Martha Plimpton

I wasn’t paraded around for sale at all. My mother wasn’t into that.

Martha Plimpton

I watch things that are fun, or funny, or interesting.

Martha Plimpton

I would almost rather be in debt constantly than work with horrible people that I hate.

Martha Plimpton

I wouldn’t say Malkovich is totally insane, but he’s not living in the real world. He’s living in his world, which is a fine world to live in apparently.

Martha Plimpton

I’d just like to see a role for women where someone who isn’t traditionally attractive is not portraying the best friend. You know, the character that only speaks in questions. ‘Gee, are you gonna go out with him? Do you think I look fat?’

Martha Plimpton

I’m hoping maybe people like working with me because I like what I do for a living and I want to have a good time.

Martha Plimpton

I’m so sick of hearing how there’s no strong roles for women. I don’t care about strong roles. I just want to see women who are characters! A nun, a serial killer, a housewife, as long as there’s some depth there.

Martha Plimpton

I’ve been doing old-people things since I was a child.

Martha Plimpton

I’ve had cats all my life and obviously loved them, but the litter box, and the having to always get a house sitter, they’re just too – they’re too rigid. Cats are too needy somehow.

Martha Plimpton

I’ve often said in the past that I thought MTV was sort of evil incarnate and signified the beginning of the end. And I don’t know if I’m entirely wrong about that, but they did sign my paychecks a year ago, so I guess I’m part of the problem.

Martha Plimpton

If I’m enjoying myself, I find my opportunities for more fun become greater.

Martha Plimpton

In the theater, as an actor, you’re welcoming people into your house.

Martha Plimpton

Independent film is not only an oxymoron; it doesn’t exist anymore.

Martha Plimpton

It’s a very long and difficult schedule on a single-camera show.

Martha Plimpton

It’s an unusual situation for me to be working and making a living.

Martha Plimpton

It’s easier to lecture women on sexual morality than it is to explain why all Americans shouldn’t have comprehensive, fair, and equal health care coverage.

Martha Plimpton

It’s important to me if I’m having a good time than I feel like the work is better. The quality of it is better and my level of interest is higher.

Martha Plimpton

It’s long been accepted as fact that the availability of family planning services saves lives. Where women have access to these services, children and families are healthier, and society at large benefits.

Martha Plimpton

It’s long past time we started focusing on the solutions that actually keep women healthy, instead of using basic aspects of women’s health as a tool of cultural, moral, and political control.

Martha Plimpton

It’s not common for a woman on television, especially if she’s the mom of the family, to be funny. She’s usually a straight man or foil.

Martha Plimpton

It’s not so weird that four generations are living together under the same roof and trying to make it work. It’s how a lot of people in this country are living right now.

Martha Plimpton

My mom and I used to listen to records, read, and take train rides across the country in the summer. It was a very chill life. She didn’t expose me to anything that was ahead of my development, but she expected me to adjust to her world – she did not expect to adjust to mine.

Martha Plimpton

My mom just didn’t put a very high premium on me being like really famous or really wealthy or anything.

Martha Plimpton

My mother had been an actress and we came from that world in New York, the theater world and the downtown sort of theater scene, and so I guess we didn’t really have what you’d call like a Hollywood kind of life at all.

Martha Plimpton

People seem to think that you should be willing to speak to them whether they’re jerks or not.

Martha Plimpton

See, I don’t watch reality television anymore. I watched a little bit of it for awhile, but I found it turned my soul into a black sludge, and I just did not find it healthy or good for me at all, because I would watch it and be disgusted, disgusted.

Martha Plimpton

That’s the thing about interviews, at some point you’re going to change your mind. But it’s there forever and you can’t escape it.

Martha Plimpton

The ’80s to me, more than anything else, represents a time of real criminal activity in the office of the president: an incredibly disparate economy in terms of the class distinctions and whatnot, and a tremendous shallowness – a lot of sort of bank robbery by executives.

Martha Plimpton

The word ‘equality’ shows up too much in our founding documents for anyone to pretend it’s not the American way.

Martha Plimpton

There are an infinite number of ways to be moved in the theater.

Martha Plimpton

There are so many brilliant women on television right now.

Martha Plimpton

Things come to you in life when you’re prepared for them, when you’re ready for them.

Martha Plimpton

Things tend to come when they are meant to come. I know that sounds kind of like spiritual and cheesy, but I think things come when they’re meant to come.

Martha Plimpton

Very often a job will come along that speaks to the place you’re in as a person at that very moment. And usually once I’ve done it I feel like that part is over.

Martha Plimpton

We don’t want to come off as pro-smoking. Even though we didn’t smoke real cigarettes at all, you want to be careful of people’s sensitivities.

Martha Plimpton

When you’re working with good people it brings good things out in you.

Martha Plimpton

Who owns your body? You or the state?

Martha Plimpton

Women have always been at the forefront of progressive movements. Women can be depended on when you need bodies in the streets for women’s rights and human rights.

Martha Plimpton

Women know the financial, social and physical costs of not having access to basic health care.

Martha Plimpton

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