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Christian Brescia 00:00
Good morning and welcome back everybody to another episode of Monday's with Mindy. Hi Mindy!
Mindy Cohn 00:05
Hi Christian. Today's conversation is with actress, artist and entrepreneur Eve plum. Eve started her acting career at the little age of six. After an agent moved next door to her and she booked the first audition she attended many commercials and television roles followed. She's continued to work in TV films and on stage her whole life and is known for having Of course played Jan in the Brady Bunch. The lead role in the movie dawn portrait of a teenager underway which still to this day like scares the hell out of me. And Beth and Little Women and of course many others, including a two episode guest spot on the facts of life, which is when we first met him studied improv at the Groundlings and after moving to New York, performed Off Broadway in the airfrance sisters love loss and what I wore, unbroken and Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, mating and marriage, as well as regional theater work throughout the United States. recent film appearances include blue ruin, which won at Conde directors' fortnight and was an Independent Spirit Award nominee and monsoon TV audiences saw a new side of Eve when she shared her love for home renovation and restoration on a very Brady renovation and design at your door. Both of those on HGTV. Yves is also an accomplished painter, and her work is available in galleries in New York, Arizona and Florida. Her subject matter ranges from restaurant scenes and still lives based on film noir and western movies. Eve has also created plum goods, accessories for the home that include candles and pillows, greeting cards, mugs, t shirts, and totes you can see and shop All About Eve on her website Eve plum.tv. And that will of course be on our website as well.
Christian Brescia 01:48
Yeah, for sure. We'll put a link to that in the show notes as well. Well, we are very excited to have her on the show. Ladies and gentlemen, Eve plum.
Mindy Cohn 01:56
I'm so excited. Hello. Hello, welcome.
Eve Plumb 02:02
Mindy Cohn 02:03
I am I Oh my god, it makes me so happy to see your face.
Eve Plumb 02:08
You too. This is amazing. I know that we work together. But I realized I don't know you and I follow you on Instagram. It looks so interesting. And I want to know more and more and more.
Mindy Cohn 02:19
Well, and we've also chased each other across the continental US when you lived in Laguna. I was in Laguna with you in New York I'm in New York, I mean, yeah, I love that we're finally going to like commingle and actually like play together and do things and makes me, yes, it does make me very happy. Okay, so we start each episode, Christian and I came up with 20 questions, I asked five we just start gabbing. Okay, kind of kind of how it started? Um, do you have a hidden talent or something you do that would surprise people?
Eve Plumb 02:51
I think I do. I have a, I have a bit conflicted talent, which is singing. I started singing lessons probably three years ago, I was very confident about it. And my husband who is a big critic says that I can sing well, and I know that I can sing. But I went to make a tape so that my agent could submit me. And when I heard it, I burst into tears. And I can't believe so I can be confident I've gone on stage and sung. Yes, I know that I can. But I haven't had enough time in the saddle. You know what I mean? Where as I have with that thing, where you've been able to try and fail and try and fail. And so I don't know the whole arc of singing, but I know I can. And I would also I think that I would be right for the art of Madame morrible. In which,
Mindy Cohn 03:37
yes, I've been shouting for years. And I of course want to be in the you know, musical part of Abba. So that is my dream musical job, which is around my talent of singing. I can do it. I'm a top 40 if you know what I mean. Okay, cool. So no, I'm impressed by that. I
Christian Brescia 03:56
love that to me, too.
Mindy Cohn 03:57
I'm Eve I don't know if you cook, but if you do, what is your favorite dish? And if you don't, what is your favorite thing to consume?
Eve Plumb 04:06
I do not cook at Kim fortunately, cooks my husband can have over 25 years. He cooks so my favorite thing to consume is whatever he makes, because he makes delicious food that I love to
Mindy Cohn 04:17
eat. Oh, fantastic. That's a great answer. And I will be over. Thank you. Thank you, Ken.
Other than that spaghetti. Okay, yes. Oh, wait. I can make spaghetti. That's about
Mindy Cohn 04:28
it. Okay. Hey, that's impressive. It's really, um, if you could have coffee with any three people who would
they be? Oh, man, that's not fair.
Mindy Cohn 04:37
I won't hold you to it just in the
moment. It's like, like dead or alive. You know?
Mindy Cohn 04:42
Yes. Yes. Passing
Christian Brescia 04:45
no rules. No rules.
Oh, okay. Great. Three out of the whole penzion time.
Mindy Cohn 04:50
I would probably pick historical figures because I'm such a fan of history. I'm just I just am so fascinated by people. So it'd be like really Marie Antoinette and probably Mary Pickford. Yes. And I gotta think of a third one. Let's say Joan Crawford, just
Mindy Cohn 05:10
for the hell of it. Oh, God. Dinner. I would like to be at that dinner or that coffee clutch.
Christian Brescia 05:15
Yeah, I would keep that coffee cooler.
Just what I'm having, is I stuffing
Mindy Cohn 05:21
the best. Um, what assumption do people make about you? That's wrong, that
I'm tall. You know, how do people always come up to you and they meet you? Like, you're so short. I didn't know you were so short. I was big on your TV. What do you want? Right?
Mindy Cohn 05:39
Oh my god, that is so funny and so true. It's
like, I'm sorry. I cannot do anything about that to make you happy? Yes.
Mindy Cohn 05:47
Or whatever. Oh, gosh, that is right. And Eve What is your best habit and your worst habit?
My best habit is probably making the bed every morning. And my worst habit is not putting away my shoes. That just I'm stepping over my shoes all the time. Like, what do you think's gonna pick up after you?
Mindy Cohn 06:04
Yeah. Does it bother Ken or he? It doesn't even
know. You know what? No, he doesn't. We are very good at not being like
Mindy Cohn 06:10
wiggio you know? Nice. That's good.
Yeah, cuz I think we know if we went there.
Mindy Cohn 06:17
You know, you're going up and I'm going down. They're just like, yeah.
What about if you you know,
Mindy Cohn 06:24
yeah, yeah, that's why you've 25 successful
Christian Brescia 06:26
Know when to keep your mouth shut?
Mindy Cohn 06:30
Yes. So, what are the latest things that you've been bingeing on? Or have you? Hmm,
I haven't been bingeing lately because of the move. And, you know, we've been down in Charleston, and we didn't really have TV there. I love TV. I love TV so much. It's usually Ken and I have very different viewing habits. Tell. Yes, I watch. He's like sweaty watches, like people in old timey clothes. Anything, period, and I'm gonna wear too much makeup. I'm like next. And then he watches sports and political shows.
Mindy Cohn 07:07
Okay. Oh, okay. Well, I am in your camp. And when you come up to the farm, that's what the boys and I are all about. Josh and Brent got me a subscription to Brit box. EU has been down the vortex of Brit box. So yeah, yeah. Big into that.
Brown. The great. I mean, the great was, you watch the great, favorite shows. And it's not that they did it right. That period, not period. Yes. It is like Hamilton thing where you totally by the way they talk. You just buy it? Because also, I don't know that much about Russian history. So that I can feel like that. The crown and Victoria?
Mindy Cohn 07:49
Oh, yes. just magnificent. I do a deep dive into those. So yes, you and I are still sisters in that respect? For sure. Um, I want to talk to you a little bit. I mean, it's sort of hard, because I want to ask you questions, obviously, as an actress that I know you are, but also as the fine artists that you are, that what inspires you, I guess, in general, but also specifically, is it across mediums? Or,
oh, you're being for both acting and painting or
Mindy Cohn 08:16
Yeah, just like what inspires me as a creative,
it's visual, usually, you know, what I see, I just actually took some pictures. I haven't been painting a lot lately, because of other things going on. But, of course, you know, some was something on the countertop, random bunch of objects all had orange in them. So I took pictures of that to maybe make a painting someday, you know, you never know. Also, I've been working on a product development, developing a product line. So a lot of really, really inspires me. My Instagram feed is full of really wonderful artists, where I'm just amazed at their focus and intent. Because I don't seem to have that. But I really another's.
Mindy Cohn 08:58
You've been incredibly. You and Ken have been busy renovating this place and moving. Yeah. And so outside of that, if you can even get out of that for a moment. Do you paint daily when you are in your routine of your life, when you guys aren't busy with a renovation project.
If I can get started again painting, then I will paint every day. And if I have a focus or a direction or a decide to do a series, then I'll paint every day. But other than that, it's very easy to get inertia and not do it. So but I'm either Full speed ahead or idling.
Mindy Cohn 09:31
Yes, I could understand that. But the plum goods has sort of ignited this sort of entrepreneurship matched with your creative acumen. I mean, it's kind of fabulous. What's happened here and I can speak without tooting our horn because I have paid for the privilege of some plum goods.
I am Thank you. Thank you, I would have sent you something if I
Mindy Cohn 09:52
No. No, I wanted to support you.
We wanted it to be you know authentic. I mean, the Thank you, I've been wanting to do a product line forever. And so we decided to did the whole branding exercise and came up with the colors and the fonts and all of that, and the ideas behind it. And so I thought, Okay, well, we'll start an online store and start to pull from maybe like Alibaba, you can have an online store. But then I discovered print on demand, where you don't have to have carry inventory. And there are all sorts of wonderful makers who will put your design on their product. And so in that way, I was able to get my stuff out into the world without having to go to China and do a whole
Mindy Cohn 10:36
finish. Yes, a huge investment I imagine as well,
again, shipping container of mugs. So these are when they get ordered, they get to get made with me. And also then to able to work with I worked with someone to get the computer file because I tried to start to learn Affinity Designer and realized by the time I learned how to do it. Well to make the stuff so I hired someone who knows how to do it, and we did it through the email with never met this person. Okay, make the daisy bigger, smaller, you know, it's amazing. And send us the files and then again, and some wonderful husband can is able to, you know, twist those into whatever the product needs is a file to print it on it. So that's something we want to get back to. We're excited to do that when we get our time back.
Mindy Cohn 11:21
Well, yeah, and I mean, it's endless what you can put these images on. I mean, that's what's so amazing about them. is I just putting it out there. I'd really like a doormat.
Oh, okay. Yeah. Well, you know what, that's just it is we've come up with another design that I'm still not happy with the way it looks. And we got some products from another thing, and it wasn't, the fabric didn't look good. So we always get samples and decide whether or not we can put that out there. So I'll keep an eye out for a doormat.
Mindy Cohn 11:48
Keep an eye out. I was thinking about that. I'm like, I would love it. If plum goods doormat. Busy party Inc. Because you asked. No, no, you didn't ask?
No. I'm always open to suggestion. Yeah,
Mindy Cohn 12:01
I just thought it's so perfect for that. Well, at least I would want that. It's it brings joy to me when I see your images. So tell me about because I'm about to revisit being an actress in New York City Realty. Very, very excited. Good. Yeah. How is it in this time of, you know, I know. It's just starting to come back a little bit, but it's fits and starts. But is that a word? Is that on the ambition train for you?
Oh, it's always there. It's always there for me for the ambition. Yeah, because we're doing a lot of TV here. And I love TV. And you know, I know how to do TV. So I mean, I think now everything is self taped. So you know, you can say you're in New York hire I say I'm an LA hire all the time. I did before too. It's just that now I don't have to go to a physical studio. I used to go to a place where they would put me on tape. And they would read with me. And now it's all at home, like everybody. I did do one virtual It was like a zoom meeting audition, which was great, because then the casting directors are able to give me
Mindy Cohn 13:02
direction back. Yes. Please give me an adjustment. Let me show you what I can do. Yes. The only thing about self tapes.
Yeah. You know, so there's that. And I haven't been on a physical audition. And over, you know, a year and a half because of that same I imagined theaters coming back. So I don't know how they're going to do that. But again, I managed to figure out how to do it. I mean, even right away, you know?
Mindy Cohn 13:26
Yes. Yeah. It's just been slower than I thought I thought it was really going to be done. Whoa. And it sort of is still kind of trickling in. I think people are still with the variant a little. Yeah. And so tell me about these kind of deep dive into HGTV that the opportunity presented itself and it's so matches with who you are, and what you and your passion. Tell me about that.
You know, I'm always wary of when people say, you know, we're gonna do a fun Brady Bunch thing. It's like, Oh, great. Yeah. And it's a feeling right. You know, I really and you know, it'll be fun, which means we won't pay you. You know, it'll only take a couple of hours, which means it'll take two weeks. Yeah, so we're always very wary. And so we looked at HGTV, though they have since merged with another company. And they're different than they are,
Mindy Cohn 14:17
by the way, we should say that you and I shared your friendship. I've known Lauren for 25 years. So yeah, as well. Yeah. Yes, it was on an episode of Monday's with Mindy. So he's the VP of HGTV.
Right? And so when they approached us and talked about what they wanted to do, and we looked at what they did, it was very quality. It wasn't ever gotcha. It wasn't they weren't going to ask us all to get in arguments and start crying. Well, we read for it. And so the but they did though I never expected it to be quite so meticulous. Yes. The stuff they did with that house, they didn't have blueprints. So the designers looked at the episodes and extrapolated proportions and managed to make it look like a one story house. From the front but be a two story house in the back they managed to light it just right so it looked like it did on the show and then the nationwide search for all of the stuff involving all the audience and amazing all of us and so much fun. It was really fun
yeah that's great
Mindy Cohn 15:17
and from there I'm assuming Lauren connected how amazing you are what you do and that you it's not just a passion but that you really have a Yang for it. I mean, I'm waiting till you host your own show like I believe it's coming
well Thank you Let's hope so. To Lauren's ears
Mindy Cohn 15:33
Yeah, I know I'm serious cuz you know, you know, rarely do celebrities especially kind of have the guts to back it up and know what they're talking about. Right? You know? Yeah,
well, I've been great I'm available.
Mindy Cohn 15:47
Yes, definitely. So who or what inspires you as a person and not just as an painter or an errand after
oh shoot? I'm one of those people that's like oh, you know that lady that was on that thing that we were watching because yes, I'm that person. So I know that there are people that I'm always like, I can't believe I did this thing people that are just willing to sacrifice everything to make a difference um, you know, there's a guy Brandon McMillan who used to have a show called lucky dog on CBS and I don't know what happened but he has changed up and now he does his shows on YouTube but his deal is like now he's going out into the desert California and rescuing dogs that have been dumped there his deal is that he could take any dog from a shelter and of course you know with unlimited time and effort train it could be a family dog and then he gives the dog to somebody oh he's done it for veterans and he's done it for children and and so somebody like that is really inspiring the people that you know hold down six jobs and managed to make something work you know, you have three jobs and went to law school at night,
Mindy Cohn 16:49
right? Yes, I know I'm astounded as well so if I want to be sensitive because I would want someone to be sensitive with me but you are there's very few people on this planet that I relate to on this level of choosing to be someone choosing to be a creative and choosing a lifelong career to do it I feel the best is yet to come I have yet to be able to show people what I can do or inhabit a character that I know I've got in me times 10 right how do you fight the week love Eve but we don't she does or that whole part of being known for one thing so well which your I assume you and I feel very similarly we're very grateful. Yes, however comma,
right? Well you can find it and you can find it. I've been fortunate enough to do lots of other work. I am happy to be stuck cast the show is only really brought me good things I will say I love that too. And it can be true and you can either hate it make your life miserable or it can be true and you can accept it and and move on and work with it and make it a better thing. I think the only thing you can change in life is your attitude and I'm not always good at it but that's my thought is like well did you read it? Yes See look at it from a different way so yeah, so I have certainly turned down lots of things I've been fortunate enough to be able to turn things down and that we're just not right or didn't pay or whatever and then I've taken other things that have been really off the wall and didn't pay and were fun and worked and was interesting. So the thing is, is dealing with rejection you know people talk about it but it's been lifelong. And you know it's endless and it's always fresh and new when you get rejected because there's never really any reason it's like oh well you know what if nobody ever says will tell you you know you do too much you don't do enough it's always we went another way there's no way to be able to say well, could I do something differently or should I just quit?
Mindy Cohn 18:41
Yeah, well you know what I mean? Ironically, that is the last thing that I have had a hard time dealing with rejection and I guess because I was never the blond blue eyed beauty right for some reason always being a character if they weren't with someone else it was something very different from myself right you know so I understood I wasn't just but it wasn't me and okay, because it was someone very different or another kind of character person so I never was it never felt personal. It still doesn't feel personal. It's disappointing as I'll get out for sure. But the rejection part of it I never felt that rejecting Mindy, so I'm grateful for that. I also feel for me, ah, has been a real wonder. I'm one of the very few friends of mine that enjoys aging, because for me, I just see the endless possibilities of what's coming, right? Yes. And I think of my idols the Margot Martin Dales and Kathy Bates and my mentors Cloris Leachman, right, Darlene Paige who sort of had careers Yeah, but then in their, in their elder years, right, really, you know, learn something. So for me, there's always a terminal optimist, but it's still very frustrating that 40 years later, there's people who just think they know me or my capability and that that is incredibly frustrating, but it's
also incredibly frustrating in how short sighted some casting directors are Yes. Are people who make TV and movies is like, well, she can't do this. She's blonde. Or you know, oh my god, it's like I'm not buying that house. I don't like the pink color.
Mindy Cohn 20:11
Yeah. It same with my gray hair. It's sort of like, you know, we can dye hair kid, right? Okay, are we good? Hello?
Right? And, you know, they said, I mean, I don't know why I'm not on every gt Hallmark movie, but I'm not and I didn't get it. And they're like, well, they said to my manager, would she play a grandmother? I'm like, of course, I took in an audition for you as a credit mother. Yes, Christ.
Mindy Cohn 20:36
Yes. It's very
Christian Brescia 20:40
But after Yeah,
Mindy Cohn 20:41
well, thank you. Yes, he's heard me endlessly, you know, talk about this stuff. Like, Hi, this is the nature of the talent. It's so crazy.
Christian Brescia 20:49
It's like, that is the business. I'm gonna play something that might not be me.
Mindy Cohn 20:53
Right? And my frustration always is that on stage right there such freedom and casting directors in theater tend to not have those limitations of hair color, and they can understand, you know, you can be whoever you want up on stage. So
you can do an accent and be you know, yeah,
Mindy Cohn 21:11
yeah. 100% 100%. So, what are you excited about what's coming in the next couple of months? Besides your mega renovation and move? I mean, are the renovations done, renovations
are done in Charleston and the houses rented? That was a year and a half.
Mindy Cohn 21:25
That is, thank you. Yeah, that's a big, it's a big as we dug a big ol money hole. So it's an alien trick on going back in. And it's nice to finally be in this apartment, which we planned up being in. So I pretty much take it one day at a time. And so, you know, it's just a couple of months ahead. So whatever happens happens, I don't ever really make big plans, because I don't know if stuff just comes along. And that's what happens. You know, I'll design where I'm good stuff. We'll get back on that, you know?
Mindy Cohn 22:04
Yeah. And how is that? I mean, is there a business plan is there do you have aspirations to do what? I want
somebody to buy me? The the person that makes all the stuff in the shipping containers? And I work with the designers and say, Yeah, a little bit more blue. Great. Yes, that works. Because right now it's me and Ken doing every everything. Everything else ever dies with all the social media, all the photography and me So yeah, I want to I want to be a celebrity designer.
Mindy Cohn 22:35
To me. Sounds good to me. And you're on your way, my friend. Yeah, it sounds like you're gonna get there pretty soon. Yeah. Well, Eve thank you so much for being on our episode of Monday's with Monday. But, of course, I mean, it always does when the conversation is fab. I am so so so bloody excited to see theater and walk around New York City with my pal.
Christian Brescia 22:58
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