KIM: I HAVE NO REGRETS!
40 YEARS IN THE BIZ!
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! ◼