Kim Fields says it was no “troouu-ble!” carrying roller-skates as Tootie in “The Facts of Life.”
“I was very grateful because it gave me an opportunity to have a job, that for all intents and purposes, I may not have had because I was nine years old and I was playing 12,” she advised Page Six. “So that’s what it took me to have the job. I was on skates till I grew.”
The 52-year-old New York native’s tv profession spans generations of TV, from “The Facts of Life,” to “Living Single” with Queen Latifah to the brand new Netflix present “The Upshaws” with Mike Epps and Wanda Sykes.
“It’s very lovely,” Fields says of being acknowledged. “It’s nice to hear people when they let me know what a certain show or a certain character meant to them, that’s it’s beyond just work that I did, that’s really lovely to hear.”
She calls “The Upshaws” a “dream job.”
“What’s on the page is so funny and in the blink of an eye, it can surprise you with a turn to reality, just dealing with life and life issues. It’s definitely edgy, and that’s one of the things I’m deeply in love with — the fact that the show doesn’t pull any punches.”
Fields even dipped her toe into the truth world, appearing for a season on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” and competing on “Dancing with the Stars.” She says she determined to do each to “go into uncharted water,” calling the expertise “fantastic” and empowering.
As may be gleaned from her social media presence, Fields is a large proponent of self-care days, explaining that “you can’t pour from an empty cup.” She urges ladies to take time to decelerate and “refill” their cups.
That mentioned, she’s stepping into a new role within the upcoming collection “Vicious” for streamer UrbanflixTV as govt producer and director.
Fields, who’s been directing since 1994, says she loves “having the ability to have a serious voice for the entire imaginative and prescient of a venture.
“Part of my directing early on was because there were stories I wanted to tell, roles that I wanted to play that I wasn’t being offered or getting,” she continued. “You get to a place in your career where you get a seat at the table a little easier. You’re invited to the room where it happens, but that comes from making the room where it happens — building your own table and chairs.”
And if that wasn’t sufficient, the married mom-of-two (boys) additionally has her own line of coffees, teas — and a skincare line that makes use of espresso, swearing the latter is why associates tease her that she’s an ageless vampire.
As as to if she does really sleep in a coffin and possess immortal life, Fields laughs and provides, “That’s the word on the street.”