updated 07/19/2010 AT 6:00 PM ET
•originally published 07/19/2010 AT 7:00 PM ET
Jennifer Love Hewitt has struggled with her body image – but she has no problem embracing a racy new role.
The actress, who has been hitting the gym and staying in shape, stars as a prostitute in Lifetime’s The Client List, which airs Monday. And while the revealing part isn’t every mother’s dream, Hewitt’s mom has a sense of humor about it.
“She thinks it’s hilarious,” the Ghost Whisperer star told PEOPLE at Palazzo Las Vegas’s Azure Luxury Pool over the weekend. “She was like, ‘So let’s review … For 15 years people have been talking about your boobs. Earlier this year, you wrote about your hoo haw in a book. Now you’re playing a crack ho on TV.’ She was like, ‘Do you think maybe you could do an animated movie next?’ “