On Mon. June 8, Bravo’s new scripted-series Odd Mom Out, which chronicles Momzilla life on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, debuts at 10PM ET. In the July issue of Parents magazine, Parents magazine chats with the show’s star, creator and mother-of-three, Jill Kargman, who tells us in her own words what it’s like to be the odd mom out.
What is a Momzilla?
A Momzilla is someone who channels all of her type-A ambition and energy into her child. I do believe there’s a Newtonian law of energy where all of your drive for your career abruptly gets funneled into the fetus.
Your character, Jill Weber, also has three children. Is she based on your own experience?
When I had Sadie, I had no friends in New York who were parents and I felt really lonely. The challenges of that period of my life have been retooled for this show. A lot of moms I speak to say, “Enjoy this time while it lasts because it flies by.” And I want to smash them in the head because it was really hard.
Have you ever felt like the odd mom out?
At a ballet class when my oldest was 2, I told her to sit down “Indian style.” These four perfect moms gasped and glared at me. One said, “You can’t say that. It’s ‘crisscross applesauce’ now.” I ran into the bathroom and burst into tears because I felt like I was doing it all wrong.
What’s your advice to other parents who feel this way?
Fly your freak flag and know there are others like you. Even people you perceive to be the perfect mothers, who have it all together, sometimes feel like the odd mom out too.