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EXCLUSIVE: Kim Fields Says She Didn’t Experience Racial Discrimination As A Kid Actor, But Isn’t Blind To The Struggle

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One of our childhood faves Kim Fields is gracing our TVs this holiday season. So we chopped it up with the child star-turned bonafide boss actress, director and producer. She dished about her come up in Hollywood, discrimination in the industry, how ageism isn't a factor for her now and more.

 

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Kim Fields is one of those actresses that feel like she’s your friend in your head. We first met her as “Tootie” on the “Faces of Life” in 1979. The show wrapped in 1988 and she took some time off to pursue her education. Then, she came back in the 90s as our bougie bestie “Regine” in the sitcom “Living Single.”

It’s the holiday season and Kim is superfan of Christmas, just like us. She’s starring in LIFETIME’s new holiday film, You Light Up My Christmas, where she plays a woman named Emma Simmons, who returns to her hometown built around her family's pioneer Christmas Light Factory two weeks before Christmas.

However upon Emma's return, she discovers the lights have gone dim in the once festive town, prompting her to reconnect with an old flame to set their hearts and the town ablaze with light again.

Yes, it's the typical Christmas movie format, and yes, we're still watching it a million times unapologetically.  Also she's GOOD in it.

By the way, she produced the film and she also reunited with her “Facts of Life” co-stars in the Christmas flick.

 

 

As a black child actress in the game back in the day, Kim Fields revealed she didn’t encounter discrimination although racial discrimination was very prevalent. And she doesn’t deny it didn’t exist. However, it just wasn’t a major part of her story.

"I've never really dealt with discrimination,” the veteran actress told TheYBF.com. “I know it's there and it exists. I certainly know that's a tremendous challenge of many, but that's not part of my narrative.

While discrimination wasn’t a big part of her career coming up, she said she’s def making sure she’s doing her part to help those who have struggled with being discriminated against. Even now, there are rumors about Gabrielle Union’s exit from “America’s Got Talent” as a judge for wearing “too black” hairstyles.

”I do my part to help those who have had that struggle and making sure the shoulders that we stand on are not in vain,” she shared.

Landing roles in Hollywood is already hard enough, let alone being a black woman. And once women reach a certain age, the game gets even trickier. Because, sexism and misogony.  But, not for Kim. Ageism isn’t a factor in the 50-year-old entertainer’s career because she’s a certified BOSS.

"Not at all because I'm not a woman of a certain age,” she explained. “I'm just a bad a** actress and I'm a boss. That's my story and I'm sticking to it."

Yasss! We love to see it.

Not only is she acting, directing, and producing, she’s also a wife and mother to two boys.  We saw her in both those roles a few seasons ago on "Real Housewives of Atlanta."

It’s a balancing act when it comes to nurturing her career and also helping to guide her children with their passions. She dropped some good gems for parents on how to be there for your kids, but giving them the space they need to flourish.

"Be a good listener. You have to stay prayed up. You have to listen to the universe and listen to God or whatever you believe in. Don't discredit the instincts of children just because they're young. And also, don't let your fears get projected on to them."

We felt that.

You can sign into your cable provider account and watch Kim Fields in LIFETIME's You Light Up My Christmas anytime HERE.

Photo: Getty

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