The infamous Tootie from the huge pop-culture hit ‘Facts of Life,’ Kim Fields, is all grown up now, and spending a great deal of her time behind the camera instead of in front of it. The 41-year-old actress-turned-director, who is married to actor Christopher Morgan and has a three-year-old son, Sebastian, is spending her time directing episodes of Tyler Perry’s hits “Meet the Browns” and “House of Payne.”
So now that she’s grown up and has a child of her own, how does she view her own childhood, and family in general? “I always felt that I had a childhood,” Fields told Parade.com. “I went to regular school whenever I wasn’t working. At one point, I wanted to be a marine biologist.” Fields insists she was not one of those child stars who was pushed into acting or performing, but rather fell into it by joining her mom–who couldn’t afford a babysitter–at acting classes (along with other class members’ children, like Danielle Spencer, who later played Dee on What’s Happening.
As for family now, Fields still tries to keep a pretty down-to-earth perspective of it all. The star credits prayer and faith for holding herself and her family together. “You just can’t run willy-nilly in this industry,” she said. “For me, before I was even a mom or a wife or anything, I was a praying person.”
It seems like the tougher thing than a healthy family was turning the big 4-0. “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,” she said. “Just now, turning 41 a couple of weeks ago, slowly things are starting to click.”