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ACTOR HAS LOVE-HATE RELATIONSHIP

Jill Ritchie loves portraying a grownup at last, in a new VH1 series I Hate My 30's.

Jill Ritchie is finally acting her age.

After years of portraying younger characters, the 33-year-old actor is among her peers in VH1's new half-hour comedy I Hate My 30's.

"I have to say it felt really good to be surrounded and just working with people who were kind of close to my age," says Ritchie, who played Lindsay Lohan's friend in 2005's Herbie Fully Loaded. During filming, Lohan was in her teens; Ritchie was in her late 20s.

I Hate My 30's focuses on the children of the 1980s who now find themselves 30-somethings with adult responsibilities.

Ritchie is excited about playing a lead in the eight-episode season of the music channel's quirky sitcom, which airs on Thursday. She says the show's irreverence and willingness to be different set it apart from traditional TV fare.

Ritchie's brother Bob - a.k.a. rap-rocker Kid Rock - hasn't seen the show but is pulling for it to be a hit. And for his kid sister's acting career to keep rolling.

Jill appears in the upcoming Southland Tales, Richard Kelly's follow-up to the cult film Donnie Darko.

Watch it

I Hate My 30's

The show airs at 10:30 p.m. Thursday on VH1 and repeats throughout the week, including at noon today. Check www.vh1.com for the schedule.

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