‘Ocean’s Thirteen’ Found A Cougar In Ellen Barkin

George. Brad. Matt. Don. There’s a lot of testosterone in the cast of “Ocean’s Thirteen,” but the lone female presence in the film has enough feminine wiles to make up for it in spades.

Access Hollywood kicks off “Ocean’s Thirteen” Week by chatting with the film’s resident man-eater, Ellen Barkin.

Billy Bush sat down with Barkin to talk about her role in the movie (her first in the franchise), and asked her how she feels about being known as “the cougar.”

“I’ve never heard of the word ‘cougar,’” laughed Barkin, who admitted that the “Ocean’s” slang eluded her. “Or ‘gilroy,’ or ‘brody,’ or any of those words in the movie.”

A “cougar” happens to be a slang term describing an older woman who preys on younger men, but Barkin didn’t fully realize what she was signing on for when she accepted the role as Al Pacino’s right hand woman, Abigail Sponder.

“They didn’t tell me [about the ‘cougar’], of course,” she remarked. “They just asked me if I’d like to be in the movie, and I said ‘yes.’ I didn’t even know that scene existed, because it did not exist in the script I read. It was something that, um, evolved.”

What scene is she referring to? That would be telling – you’ll have to see the movie to find out.

Barkin, 53, is still as stunning and sexy as she was when she first hit the Hollywood scene in films like “Diner” and “The Big Easy,” and the actress has reportedly maintained her beauty without the aid of surgery or botox injections.

“I want to look as good as I can for a 53-year-old. I don’t want to look as good as I can for a 30-year-old,” she recently told BlackBook magazine. “If you do that ‘who’s sexier’ thing, I’m always going to go with Susan [Sarandon] or Meryl [Streep]. It’s not just a physical thing. It kind of breaks my heart [seeing plastic surgery cases]. I think, Why aren’t you happy in your fifties? Why aren’t you happy in your forties?”

When Billy pointed out that guys under 30 are going to be quite excited by her performance in the film (and her sexy looks), Barkin thanked him for the compliment, but shot down the notion of entertaining any “gestures” she may receive.

“Under 30 is a little young,” she told Billy. “I would say, you know, grow up. Come back in ten, fifteen years.”

What about 35?



“Okay,” she said with a laugh.

“Ocean’s Thirteen” opens this Friday nationwide.

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