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Odd Mom Out's Jill Kargman: Why I Started Acting on TV at 40

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Jill Kargman is already a New York Times best-selling author and a mom of three, so stepping into the spotlight at age 40 for her first big role on television wasn’t stressful at all.

“I think there’s a freedom in being 40 where you just don’t give a s—,” she tells PEOPLE. “I really don’t care and I don’t have the same insecurities that I probably would have had at 20 if I pursued it.”

Kargman not only stars in Bravo’s first scripted comedy series Odd Mom Out, she’s also the creator and executive producer of the show.

“There was pressure, but I knew I could handle it, and I didn’t feel at all scared about taking that on. I think it’s scarier if you’re doing it at a younger age and you have more trepidation about getting your personal life settled at the same time. I already had that anchor.”

A little help from her famous sister-in-law Drew Barrymore (who’s married to Kargman’s brother Will Kopelman) didn’t hurt either.

“I feel so lucky to have Drew,” says Kargman. “She’s just such an amazing mom, and she sort of showed me even before I started doing the show that you can balance your work life and being a mom. And she gives amazing advice.

Odd Mom Out airs Mondays (10 p.m. ET) on Bravo.

For more on Kargman, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday