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Kim Fields talks Facts of Life, DWTS and RHOA drama with In Touch.

It’s Tootie! The ’80s TV icon keeps it real with gigs on The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Danc­ing With the Stars

While many for­mer child stars claim that grow­ing up in the pub­lic eye did more harm than good, Kim Fields says she wouldn’t change a thing about her jour­ney from roller­skat­ing school­girl Tootie on The Facts of Life to re­al­ity star on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. “I don’t have re­grets,” says the ac­tress, who re­cently fin­ished seventh on Danc­ing With the Stars and may or may not be re­turn­ing to RHOA fol­low­ing her de­but last sea­son. “My life has been so blessed, and I’m grate­ful for ev­ery­thing.” Here, the 47-year-old mar­ried mom of two talks to In Touch about be­com­ing a House­wife, her up­com­ing au­to­bi­og­ra­phy and the se­cret to her im­pos­si­bly youth­ful glow.

First things first: Where do you stand on re­turn­ing to

The Real Housewives of Atlanta for another

sea­son? KF: No de­ci­sions have been made. I’m look­ing at all sorts of op­por­tu­ni­ties — scripted drama, scripted com­edy, the­ater — and that’s one of them. It de­pends on a lot of fac­tors.

It was your first re­al­ity se­ries. Do you think you were por­trayed fairly? KF: For the most part, yes. I was true to my­self; I wasn’t act­ing on Housewives. Kim is hired to be Kim, and that’s what you’re gonna get, baby! KF: It was a lot of fun. I had an ad­ven­ture and made some lovely friends.

How does it feel to still be rec­og­nized from The Facts of Life? KF: I’m just grate­ful. The show has had an im­pact for decades!

We saw Mindy Cohn and Char­lotte Rae cheer­ing for you on Danc­ing With the Stars. Are you in con­tact with any other for­mer co-stars? KF: Sure, every­body! From Facts of Life, Liv­ing Sin­gle … I’ve been blessed to work with great peo­ple.

How would you feel if your chil­dren [sons Se­bas­tian, 9, and Quincy, 2] wanted to act? Any reser­va­tions? KF: My hus­band [Broad­way ac­tor Christo­pher Mor­gan] and I de­cided when we were go­ing to start hav­ing chil­dren that our main job, other than keep­ing them safe, was to ex­pose them to ev­ery bless­ing the world has to of­fer. So, what­ever they grav­i­tate to­ward, I will nur­ture that.

We hear you’re work­ing on a mem­oir? KF: Yes, my au­to­bi­og­ra­phy comes out in the fall. I’ve had my strug­gles, and you’ll be able to read about them.

You haven’t aged a day since The Facts of Life. What’s your se­cret? KF: I laugh a lot and I en­joy my life, and I’m grate­ful for ev­ery sin­gle bless­ing. I also mois­tur­ize! ◼

FOL­LOW­ING HER BLISS “Act­ing is my first love,” says Kim. “There are still so many char­ac­ters in­side me, wait­ing to come out.”

HER BIG BREAK “I wasn’t pushed into the in­dus­try,” Kim (with her Facts of Life co-stars in 1980) says of her child star start. DRAMA QUEEN “We’ll see,” Kim (far right) says of re­turn­ing to The Real Housewives of Atlanta, where she clashed with sev­eral co-

ON HER TOES “I’m do­ing projects that take me out of my com­fort zone,” says Kim, who made it to week seven with DWTS pro part­ner Sasha Farber.

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