I’m so excited to have Bravo’s Jill Kargman as this week’s MILF. She is the creator and star of my new favorite show Bravo’s Odd Mom Out.
First of all Jill, I need you to know how much I adore the show and your character on Odd Mom Out. I love Jill Weber SO much I’d like to drag her around by her ponytail like a dolly.- does that scare you? Thank you for being my M.I.L.F.: Mom I’d Like To Friend.
Now, let’s get this stroller rolling….
NotSoSkinnyMom: I really like how you use this show to bring attention to important world issues, like “Anal Bulemia.” I laughed out loud when your character said that! Are you ever afraid your humor wont be understood?
Jill: I never really worry if it’ll be understood because I kinda like that some will be above peeps’ heads. There was a phase in the 80s where older teenagers at my school were pounding ex-lax and diarrhea-ing and I remember calling it anal bulimia then.
NSSM: Word on the street is that you hate people who love cilantro. This could be awkward because I absolutely LOOOOOVE cilantro. I could slurp down a cilantro smoothie every morning. Is it the soapy taste or that it sometimes impostors as parsley?
Jill: It’s totally genetic! There was an article in the NY Times about a subset of the population that loathes cilantro and my dad does as well. Sorry!
NSSM: I’m a comedian so I’m interested in your joke writing process. Are there any moments of improv?
Jill: We would stick to the script first and then once in a whole if we had time we tried a fun run where we did some improv but mostly everything was scripted and we write the jokes in advance.
NSSM: I have two children myself ages 7 and 10. Before I lay my last egg, do you recommend I have a third?
Jill: It’s such a tricky answer. I worship my third and am soooo glad I had him but I had some HARD years. I had three in four years and was very overwhelmed and couldn’t afford the help I needed at the time. Now I could’ve paid for a nanny but don’t need someone full-time anymore cause they’re older. I have no regrets but I’d say do it if you can get some help because three kids in three directions felt so hard for me. Also I never once in my life drank alone until I had my third and then I started cracking the wine at 5pm every day.
NSSM: Is it true that this is your first major acting role? It can’t be that because you are so friggin fantastic. Do you ever get nervous when shooting?
Jill: It’s true! I acted in plays in college but never professionally, but I never get nervous. Even with live TV I was fine. I just have very steady nerves. I am way more nervous about stupid stuff like being late.
NSSM: I’ve known and worked a few times with the super talented KK Glick for years. She plays Vanessa, your best friend on the show. I would love to score her as my best friend in real life. Tell me about the relationship between these two characters?
Jill: My real best friend is also named Vanessa and she is now married but when I was a new mom and very insecure about what I perceived to be “the world” of momzillas, she really talked me down and lent perspective. KK is a brilliant comedienne and has become a close friend and her wit and delivery ground me every time. She is such an emotional anchor in rocky social waters and the viewers have really responded to our relationship.
NSMM: While eating breakfast I fantasize about what I’m going to eat for dinner. Will your character ever get that slice of bread in the basket? Are you a foodie in real life?
Jill: I DO THE SAME FUCKING THING! I have a friend Alexis who does that too! We even look up menus of the restaurant online to start the drooling process!
Would you rather Jazzercise or Bar Method?
Jill: Jazzersize I guess, though I don’t know exactly what that is. But it sounds dancier.
NSSM: So many of my friends who aren’t moms LOVE this show. Why do you think this show also speaks to the NON MOM sector?
Jill: TONS of gay men and non-mom women are obsessed and I’m so elated because it’s actually not about parenthood at all, but about fitting in. It’s about searching for sanity in a world of loonies and trying to have your pocket of fun in your own Petri dish. As the world gets more and more obsessed with money and being “fabulous” and projecting perfection on social media with carefully curated keyholes into happy stylized lives, it’s nice to have a glimpse into the quirkier aspects of life.
NSSM: I tend to love too much. What is YOUR real life social strategy while navigating these Upper East Side moms?
Jill: No such thing as loving too much. I don’t believe in karma but I believe in the same idea, just via mathematics. If people are rude and put poison into the world, people generally don’t like them. I think if you’re always kind and smiley and warm, your side of the street is clean. Then you know you’re not a mean-spirited gossip type and you have armor in your own morals and don’t give a shit what anyone things about you but your nearest and dearest…
NSSM: On a final note I’d like to pitch a “nacho eating not so so skinny mom” to move into the apartment next to Jill Weber. There seems to be a lack of chubbies in your hood. We could hide our lasagnas in our diaper bags. Yes?
Jill: You’re not the first one to make that comment. More zaftig and voluptuous bods coming in season 2! I’ll be honest with you though, there are so many rexi’s up here and the flat-bellied prego thing is REAL!
But come ring the buzzer anytime 🙂
Watch the season finale of Odd Mom Out tonight on Bravo at 10pm eastern.