Greg In Hollywood chats w/Carolyn Hennesy, Emmy nominee for “General Hospital” and scene stealer in “Cougar Town”
The first time I interviewed Carolyn Hennesy a few years ago, I remember feeling such a connection because we went off on an I Love Lucy tangent and started doing lines from various episodes together.
I knew then that she was good people!
Carolyn is riding a wonderful professional wave right now with her first Daytime Emmy nomination for her performance as mob attorney Diane Miller on General Hospital. She also lights up the screen on ABC’s Cougar Town in the recurring role of lascivious Barb. If she’s on the screen, chances are she’ll have the best line – even opposite star Courtney Cox.
Her chops were honed in the comedy troupes The Groundlings and ACME Comedy Theater before landing roles on such shows as That 70s Show and Dawson’s Creek.
Here is our recent chat:
Q. First of all, congratulations on the Emmy nomination.
Carolyn: Can you believe it? Two weeks after I found out and you could still knock me over with a feather. I know the votes are in but still, I’m humbled, I’m so honored. I’m just grateful that humor is being recognized and is being validated. It’s fantastic. Daytime drama can also celebrate humor.
Q: You’re also in Cougar Town so your visibility is so much higher. You get so many delicious lines of that show.
Carolyn: I call them comedy atom bombs, I get to come in and drop them and run away and look at the devastation.
Q: Do you think that helped you get the daytime nod?
Carolyn: I hope it did. If the visibility of Cougar Town gets people to watch General Hospital, everybody wins.
Q. Is it tough juggling the two jobs?
Carolyn: I’m also on The Ed Sullivan Show spinning plates! (laughs) Did I just show my age? Reruns! So far, it’s workable and I’m going to do everything I can to see that it stays that way.
Q: Your character of Barb of Cougar Town just pops up everywhere. We always wonder, ‘How did she get there?’
Carolyn: I’m the little comedy ninja. I go in, work my magic and then I run. Why is Barb at this particular venue at this particular time? Is she stalking Jules. I’ll take it!