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Hanging with 'Cougar Town's' Barb!

by Michael Maloney, posted Sep 22nd 2010 3:07PM
Carolyn HennesyCarolyn Hennesy is one of ABC's most valuable players.

By day, as attorney Diane Miller, she keeps 'General Hospital' heartthrob Sonny Corinthos out of jail. By night, the actress is the reason that Bill Lawrence can still call his sitcom 'Cougar Town' (since series lead Jules, played by Courteney Cox, is now in an age-appropriate relationship.)

As man-hungry realtor Barb, Hennesy makes every scene she's in highly entertaining. TV Squad contacted Hennesy to conduct an interview about 'Cougar Town,' which returns to ABC tonight at 9PM ET.

Alas, Hennesy wasn't home, but Barb was gracious enough to take the call and give some insights into what makes her character tick! Read on to get our firsthand account of what it's like to encounter the sophomore sitcom's breakout character.



Good morning. Is this ... Barb?
It's 10 o'clock! Did I date you once? Is this why you're calling?

Well, no. But I wouldn't mind having the pleasure someday.
Are you over 26?

Just a little.
Well then, you won't have it. All right. Go on.

Wanted to get your thoughts on a few things. What's the best way to wrap things up the morning after a one-night stand?
The best way to wrap things up the morning after is to send him home in a cab the night before. But if you find that you've simply overwhelmed him and he's curled up in a ball outside your bedroom door, I just release the hounds. Or if he's proved himself to be an excellent cocktail shaker, I'll have him fix me a Bloody Mary, some oat pancakes and then have him get to work in the garden.

Is sending flowers the next day appreciated?
It is if you'd like never to see me again. If you would like to see me again, send something that sparkles! Something that should have a gimlet wrapped around it.

What's the earliest you like to take a call?
Around 12:30PM is good. By then I've steamed, baked, peeled and moisturized.

Do you dabble in social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter?
Twitter's a lot of fun. Oh, some of the Tweets I've received from girlfriends -- and not my girlfriends either! Twitter has 140 characters, but sometimes all you need is four letters.

Do you garden?
Well, honey, I'm not Bunny Mellon. I have several gardeners -- Jesus, Jesus Segundo and Dirk. They take care of the grounds and then, of course, I have my "inside" landscapers. They keep everything inside and out nice and trim.

What's the best way to get to your heart?
Hang on. I think I keep it in a jar in the refrigerator. It's been so long since someone's gotten to my heart.

If two girlfriends have their eyes on the same guy, what's the protocol?
If one of my chicas and I are going after the same cud-let, it can come down to hard cash on the table, flipping a coin or who's wearing the better shoes.

Have you ever had to, let's say, give a little incentive to close a real estate deal?
Sometimes Barb's had to show a lot more of the ... house than she's wanted to. She's had to let the client know that the carpets match the drapes.

Is there an "inner Barb?" Or is it a case of "what you see is what you get?"
Above all, I like to feel I'm open and honest. I don't really want anyone to know I put my face on with a trowel. And a Spackle. I'd really have to say that, yes, what you see is what you get. Anyone can see anything at anytime. Unless you're under 18.

Does Barb adhere to the four basic food groups?
Yes. Chocolate. Guacamole. Scotch. Valium.

Will Barb ever settle down?
Only if it's long-distance and he has both a chateau and a palace and if he doesn't bother her for most of the day. I would settle down, but he'd have to understand how Barb works. She's not a stallion to be broken. Barb must run free through the pastures and meadows of young men. If someone wants to take that on and shower me with gifts, cards ... pool boys ... I say more power to them.

Barb's back tonight; what kind of year is she going to have?
Barb would like you to know more about how Barb got to be Barb. Was she raised by circus folks? Did she come from an Amish background? She also has her eye on a few young cud-lets not the least of who is Bobby Cobb. Whether that pans out or not remains to be seen.

Last season, there was flirtation with Bobby and Jules' son, Travis, too.
Oh, I'm sorry. Did I say "Bobby" Cobb? I meant Travis Cobb. Bobby is way too old for me. See? This is what happens when you don't have your Tom Collins in the morning.

Or a drink.
(Laughs.) That, too.


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