Kim Fields began her acting career at a very young age and rose to fame starring in the hit 80’s sitcom, The Facts Of Life. After spending her formative years in front of the camera, she has switched roles and is now spending her time behind the camera directing sitcoms for Tyler Perry.
The actress/director, who celebrated her 40th birthday last year, has been married to to Broadway star Christopher Morgan since 2007, and the couple welcomed son Sebastian that same year. In an interview with Parade, Fields opened up about growing up in the public eye, and life after The Facts Of Life.
On what keeps her family grounded: “First of all, we’re a praying family. You just can’t run willy-nilly in this industry. For me, before I was even a mom or a wife or anything, I was a praying person. I was always very clear that my faith sustained me and helped me keep a modicum of sanity. I couldn’t even fathom being in life – let alone this life in the entertainment industry – without God. The entertainment industry has its own perils and ups and downs, like any industry. But in just life itself, I couldn’t and wouldn’t want to be without God. And I’ve tried to be in this life without God – no thanks.”
On turning 40: “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.”