"It didn't hurt that at the time I got Raising Hope I was officially broke," Plimpton told PeopleTV's Lola Ogunnaike during a new episode of Couch Surfing. "I had just lost my third Tony in a row, and I had been doing theater — nothing but, almost — for about 10 years, except for the occasional guest spot," she shared.
"And so, I really was, I mean, it was bad. I was asking for babysitting jobs. And when [creator] Greg Garcia said that I had gotten the job on the pilot of that show, it was an absolute godsend and a life changer," Plimpton revealed.
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Plimpton played Virginia Chance, Jimmy Chance's (Lucas Neff) mother, on the quirky and lovable Fox comedy that ran from 2010-2014.
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