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Kim Fields On Life After "The Facts of Life"

 

YBF Chic Kim Fields sat down for an interview with Parade.com where she dished on working with Tyler Perry, turning 40 and being forever known as the pop-culture character "Tootie."

Read on for quotes from the interview...

 

 

 

In a new interview with Parade.com, Kim Fields talked about what it was like growing up on television for the world to see and how she likes directing the Tyler Perry shows "Meet the Browns" and "House of Payne"

 

Getting the acting bug at an early age

"I was never pushed into the industry. I was a very shy child. I was not one to perform for friends and family at every get-together. When my mom started going to acting classes out here in New York, we couldn't afford a babysitter. And so she took me to the acting classes just because, well, what else was she going to do with me? And there were other kids there whose parents couldn't afford sitters either. We would keep ourselves entertained by imitating what we saw them doing, and that kind of birthed acting classes for the younger kids. In that crop was Danielle Spencer, who played Dee on 'What's Happening.' Her father was a ridiculously tremendous actor named Tim Pelt, who we lost some time ago in a horrible car crash."

Being a part of "The Facts of Life," the pop-culture phenomenon

"It still, to this day, blows my mind. When you're in it, you don't think about that at all. I mean, my goodness, we were almost canceled once, and the critics and the media never regarded 'The Facts of Life' as any sort of great critical success or an acclaimed show. And we were too big to be a cult-followed show. We still had nine years. Nine years of your life from age 9 to 18; you can't fathom a more-crucial piece of your own time."

More to Kim than just the "Facts"

"'Facts of Life' was and continues to be a milestone on my journey. But when people act like the journey ended when 'Facts of Life' ended, that's annoying. I could never and would never want to divorce myself from it because it was such a great experience from so many different facets. I got a tremendous education — my literal education from schooling but also the education from the on-the-job training. The fantastic group of people that I've worked with as cast members and crewmembers — we continue to be good friends. I love showing up to a set, and there's a camera guy I worked with as a child, and now we're equals. It's just fantastic to me."

Understanding that the public grew up with her

"I recognize the unknowing, involuntary effect that 'Facts of Life' had and continues to have on several generations of people. When I walk into a store and the cashier can't focus at all because she says, quite frankly, 'Can I have a hug?' Sure. I mean, there's a part of me that wants to say, 'You know I'm a stranger, right? If you ask the next person that they'll report you.' So there are certain elements of not just 'Facts of Life' but my own career that I realize audiences have taken ownership of. And it can be a glorious blessing and sometimes a little odd all these years later. But I certainly wouldn't have it any other way."

Working with Tyler Perry on "Meet the Browns" and "House of Payne"

"I've known Tyler for a very long time, from the theater days. And he's always been very, very kind in saying how much he supported my work or my mother's work as actresses over the years, as he was growing up. Once everything took off for him TV-wise, he just wasn't able to do everything that he was doing as director, as head of the studio, as a fellow actor, as a writer, etc. So they started reaching out and saying, 'Hey, who can we get?' I was one of the first directors that they brought in to shadow Tyler. He's been incredibly gracious and supportive of the work that I'm doing there."

Turning the big 4-0

"There's a lot of hype around 'Life begins at 40. 40 is the new 20.' Like, as soon as that magic birthday hits, Willy Wonka turns over the factory to you and your whole life and world change but, at least for me, not so much. I didn't know what I was doing. I knew what I was doing as a mom, as a wife, as a director in my career, but as Kim, I felt completely clueless. Just now, turning 41 a couple of weeks ago, slowly things are starting to click."

Source

Its nice to know that Kim has carved out a niche for herself as a director. And that she is no doubt mentoring the next crop of fabulous black actors, actresses and directors. 

She's a fab chic.

 

 

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Those of you who don't know

Those of you who don't know her as Tootie must be very young
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my how times have changed ,

my how times have changed , shes all grown up now.
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Idk about tootie, I always

Idk about tootie, I always knew her as Regine Hunter!!!
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Hey Tootie, just kidding.

Hey Tootie, just kidding. Nice to see Kim Fields, she seems to have her act together, despite being a child actor, Amen!
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I wanted to be her when i was

I wanted to be her when i was young
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seriously!

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Yeah, I don't know Kim Fields

Yeah, I don't know Kim Fields from no "Facts of Life." I know her as self-centered Raegine who was always trying to snag a baller, lol. LS (darn you spammers) lasted 5 years, that's tremendous on tv.
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I think that's mainly

I think that's mainly sunscreen on her face that's causing the off bright color. She must be wearing a high SPF.
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No mention of her role on the

No mention of her role on the show "LS" (sorry the spam trigger went off) ? She was hilarious as Regine...shrugs shoulders
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good point....i was thinking

good point....i was thinking the same thing. that show was awesome!!!
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I didn't know she directed

I didn't know she directed Tyler's shows, good for her. What the heck is going on with her face in the picture?! She is wearing way too much makeup.
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I'm glad she is not one of

I'm glad she is not one of those crazy hollywood child stars that flipped out. Good to see she is doing well.
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