Sandy Martin Talks It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 8, debuting tonight, October 11th, at 10:30 pm, only on FX!
One of our personal favorite actresses is Sandy Martin, who has had a long and illustrious career dating all the way back to 1977, when she appeared in her first feature film, the horror thriller False Face. She has made memorable appearances over the years in 48 Hours, Real Genius, and Speed, just to name a few, but she gained true cult status with her performance as Grandma in Napoleon Dynamite. She also played the loathsome Selma Green on Big Love. But we will always love her best as Mac's (Rob McElhenney) Mom on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
After a year's hiatus, the actress is set to return in Season 8, which finds her behind the wheel of a large automobile after being banned from the road. The woman is still living with Charlie's (Charlie Day) mom, and it's a match made for sitcom heaven.
We caught up with Sandy earlier this week to talk about It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 8 before it's debut with Pop-Pop: The Final Solution on October 11th.
Here is our conversation.
We didn't see you at all last year, I'm so glad you're back...
Sandy Martin: I know! I can't believe it! I am back raising pure hell again! (Laughs)
Raising pure hell! I love that. What does pure hell look like for Mac's Mom?
Sandy Martin: I don't know if I can disclose that. On the one hand, I'm the disgusting mom who chain-smokes and burns her house down. They move me in with this woman who has OCD...
Sandy Martin: Yeah! Charlie's mom. We are heading towards being turned into a knife-throwing act!
Are you part of the enigma and mystery surrounding Charlie's real dad?
Sandy Martin: No. We're not included in that. Well, maybe someone is holding information out on me. Right now, I know nothing about it.
What keeps bringing you back to Sunny?
Sandy Martin: Oh! Just because you can do anything. You can be all out outrageous, and people love it! You don't have to worry that you are too big, or you are too out there. They like to dial up and dial down, but at least you feel so relaxed you can do anything.
What is happening with Mac's dad? Does your character know if he is alive or dead?
Sandy Martin: Mac's dad has been in jail. We still haven't learned about his fate...Look, I don't care about him, anyway! (Laughs)
I want to see a spin-off of The MacDonalds. You, the dad, and Charlie's mom...
Sandy Martin: Yeah! That would be fun! The last time I saw Mac's dad, we were ripping off Christmas presents at Christmas time (laughs)!
Does anything ever cross the line? Or are you all in when it comes to them asking you to do certain things?
Sandy Martin: Oh, I am all in. There is nothing I won't do. The other day, I had to drive this stunt car. Because I had to drive a lot of stunt cars on Big Love when I played that murderess. (Laughs) I peeled out in panel trucks, there. Here, they gave me this unbelievable bucking car. They couldn't believe how I could drive this car. I peel up and I tell that other mother, "Move your ass!" Then I take off! It's like something out of The Beverly Hillbillies!
Sandy Martin returns for It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 8, debuting October 11th, only on FX.