Actress Martha Plimpton

Funny girl Martha Plimpton has come a long way since flirtatiously sparring with Corey Feldman in the bottom of a wishing well. Famously known for her role in The Goonies, the actress has since appeared in over 35 films and has an impressive television and theatre resumé to boot. She made us belly laugh on the hilarious Fox series Raising Hope, and we’re loving her latest gig in ABC’s new comedy series, The Real O’Neals, which premiered last month. Martha’s been nominated for an Emmy on more than one occasion (and earned one for her work on The Good Wife), and she’s also a three time Tony award nominee. As if she didn’t already have awesome cred, Martha co-founded the women’s rights organization A IS FOR — a nonprofit organization for women’s reproductive rights. A funny girl, a triple threat, and an inspiring feminist — we love this woman. We caught up with Martha on her ideal food day, the best advice she’s ever received and her aversion to sea urchin.

From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?

Warm croissants with butter and jam, dark roast coffee, and watermelon. For lunch, a warm baguette with manchego and tomato and jamon serrano eaten while walking. Dinner at Peter Luger or sushi at my favorite Japanese restaurant in New York City, Yakitori Sun Chan on the Upper West Side.

How do you practice beauty from the inside out?

That’s funny.

Words to both act and eat by…

Just try it.

What would your last meal be? Who would it be with?

My last meal would be my mother’s London Broil, from my Granny’s recipe, and we’d have it with everyone we love: Friends, family, and friends who are family.

The app you can’t live without and why…

Not sure there’s an app I could never live without, but I find I use Yelp quite a lot.

How do you always start your day? What’s your go-to breakfast?

I rarely eat breakfast unless I’m working, and then I usually get something at work involving scrambled eggs, bacon, a bagel and sliced tomato and/or watermelon. I know – super boring.

The issue you feel most passionate about, and what we should all know about it…

Abortion and reproductive health rights. The US is failing when it comes to making sure women have access to essential reproductive health care, including abortion. It effects our economy, our families, and our safety.

What advice would you give women looking in the mirror and getting dressed in the morning?

Do your shoes hurt? Change them. Otherwise, you look fantastic!

You never liked X till you tried it at Y…

There’s almost nothing I won’t try, except sea urchin or anything that is alive on my plate or has toenails/hooves on it. But I’ve eaten all manner of things. I actually thought I’d like haggis a lot more than I did. It looked good to me, somehow. Probably because of my heritage or something. Then I tried it, and nope, I’m good from here on out.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? The worst?

“Don’t go to Los Angeles unless you’ve been invited.” – Jack O’Brien and the worst: “Try the sea urchin!”  – My makeup artist on The Real O’Neals, Liz Lash, who is OBSESSED with sea urchin.

Your favorite restaurants in New York City…

As mentioned above, Yakitori Sun Chan and Gennaro on the UWS, Al Di La and Peter Luger in Brooklyn, L’Artusi in Greenwich Village, Red Room at KGB, Momofuko, and Prune in the East Village, to name but a meagre few.

Have you read our interviews with fellow comedians Regina Hall and Ed Weeks yet?