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Emily Strohm
December 02, 2015 02:55 PM

It’s the first time Stephanie March has been single in 14 years, but the Law and Order alum is loving life following her split from celebrity chef Bobby Flay.

“I was joking that I thought I needed to learn to cook a few things because my skills in the kitchen are pretty minimal,” she tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “But I’m never home. I am always out. It’s a whole new world.”

With her divorce officially behind her (the couple reached an amicable settlement in July), March’s life has never been busier both personally and professionally.

Stephanie March (as the Mayor), Scott Adsit (as Sonny Cocoa) and Shuler Hensley (as Barrett Huxley) in Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter
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She stars on Adult Swim’s new series Neon Joe as the mayor of a town over run by werewolves, and she’s opening the second location for her professional makeup salon Rouge NY.

“I have all these great friends, and work is going really well. I feel incredibly lucky,” she says. “And I am having a great time.”

Bobby Flay and Stephanie March in 2014
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But March admits going through her public divorce from Flay wasn’t easy: “I have grown a lot as a person over the last year,” she says.

“The best advice I got was keep you head high and keep your eyes focused on your family and your friends and don’t pay attention to the rest,” she adds. “I have a really strong support network people who I just love.”

Neon Joe Werewolf Hunter premieres Monday at midnight ET on Adult Swim.

For more on Stephanie March’s new life, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

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