Interview: ‘Jennifer Bartels’ Talks New TV Series American Woman

Episode #101

Jennifer Bartels is an actress, writer and comedian who resides in Los Angeles. After graduating from East Carolina University, she headed to NYC where she studied and performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater on various house improv and sketch teams. She was cast in the FOX Reboot of “In Living Color,” appeared in “Men in Black 3” with Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, and was previously featured as one of NY Daily News’ “Top Five Funniest Women,” as well as selected as one of the “New Faces of Comedy” for the 2013 Just for Laughs Comedy Festival. Bartels was a member of truTV’s first scripted sketch show, “Friends of the People,” where she served as writer, performer and executive producer for two seasons. Additionally, she served as writer, performer and executive producer in the relationship dramedy series “Broken” on She has since wrapped Season 1 of Paramount Networks anticipated “American Woman” playing the dynamic role of ‘Diana,’ alongside Alicia Silverstone and Mena Suvari for Executive Producer Kyle Richards. You can listen to the interview below.

Inspired by the real-life upbringing of Kyle Richards (“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”), “American Woman” follows Bonnie (Alicia Silverstone), an unconventional mother struggling to raise her two daughters after leaving her husband amid the rise of second-wave feminism in 1970s Los Angeles.

Bonnie also comes to rely on the help of her two best friends, Kathleen (Mena Suvari) and Diana (Jennifer Bartels), as they each discover their own brand of independence in a glamorous and ever-changing world reluctant to give it. The series also stars Cheyenne Jackson (“American Horror Story,” “30 Rock”) and James Tupper (“Big Little Lies,” “Revenge”.)

“American Woman,” which premieres June 7 at 10:00pm, ET/PT on Paramount Network. Watch the trailer below.

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