How Actress Martha Plimpton Is Making Twitter a Friendlier—and Artsier—Place

The Real O'Neals star on social, podcasts and her favorite shows


Specs
Martha Plimpton
Age 45
Claim to fame Stars as Eileen O'Neal on ABC's The Real O'Neals (Tuesdays, 8:30 p.m.)
Base New York
Twitter @MarthaPlimpton

Adweek: What's the first information you consume in the morning? 
Martha Plimpton: The New York Times website. I get the print edition on Sundays. And then I usually go straight to Facebook and look at all the things that my friends posted overnight. It's really a general consumption thing with Facebook—news articles, pictures of Chihuahuas that look like blueberry muffins.

What's your go-to social media platform?
Facebook is the one I prefer, just because it feels like I'm having an extended conversation with my friends. I use Twitter, but I don't find it particularly enlightening or helpful in terms of getting information. I also find that it makes me tense after a very short time. The one thing I do like using Twitter for is this thing I started called Sunday Art Exchange where people post images from their favorite artists on Sundays. Twitter can become such an exhausting, fast-paced, hostile environment—I've noticed that people have a tendency to start fights on there—so the Sunday Art Exchange is just a nice way of chilling out.

How about apps?
I'm getting into Spotify now, which I didn't used to understand at all because I'm old. I'm really slow on the uptake with all this stuff, being 45. I'm not a Luddite, but it takes me a little longer because my brain just doesn't work the way a young person's brain works. [Laughs] I use Waze a lot, the traffic thing. And I'm obsessed with Bitmoji. I think it's hilarious. I communicate with it all the time.

Do you listen to any podcasts? 
Not with any real regularity, I have to admit. I usually listen to podcasts when I'm on a road trip. I like the This American Life app. And the Theater People Podcast is good if I want to hear a friend being interviewed about show business. They have interviews with fun actors and performers, and I like the host a lot, Patrick Hinds. He's a friend of mine.

What do you watch on TV?
I'm really, really enjoying The People v. O.J. Simpson. I think it's fantastic. Sarah Paulson is killing me on that show. I loved Getting On, and I wish it was going to stay on the air because it's so brilliant. And I recently semi-binge-watched this older British show that Veep is loosely based on, called The Thick of It. A friend of mine recently introduced me to that, and I loved it.

How does it compare to Veep?
I love them both for different reasons. The Thick of It, first of all, is far more foul, especially the language. And, obviously, it's got a more British sense of humor. I thought it was hilarious.

What's on your reading list?
I've been reading this book called The Mark and the Void by Paul Murray. It's a sort of fantastical, dark comic look at the financial industry, and I'm really liking it. As far as magazines, I have a subscription to The New Yorker and Harper's. When I have time, I try to keep up with them as they come, but lately, because I've been so busy, I do have back issues piling up.

This story first appeared in the March 21 issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.