'Cougar Town': Meet Carolyn Hennesy, the genius behind super-cougar Barb


As we here at EW have been saying since ABC's Cougar Town premiered last fall, the show's super-cougar Barb is one of the funniest new characters on television this season. Granted, she only shows up for maybe a minute every other episode - if we're lucky. (And you're in luck, she'll appear, however briefly, in tonight's new episode!) But regardless of her slim screen time, we thought it high time that we figure out exactly who is behind the hilarious one-liners and over-the-top cougaring Barb puts out there.


Turns out, it's none other than the genius Carolyn Hennesy, an actress revered and loved for her role as bitchtastic mob attorney Diane Miller on ABC's daytime soap General Hospital. So we rang Hennesy up. And shocker! Carolyn is a freakin' hilarious delight in real life, too. Here we spent a little time chatting with her about the reaction she's gotten to Barb, her penchant for playing cougar-rific roles, a smattering of her other important roles (including Boob Jobs & Jesus!), and her secret to making a mean meatloaf.


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