NeNe Leakes left some big shoes to fill on ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’; one of the new cast members who will attempt to do so is former ‘Facts of Life’ star Kim Fields. She opened up about what made her agree to do the show.
Kim said she had been approached many times by producers to join the show.
We’ve been asked to do reality TV for years, and it just wasn’t the right timing, right opportunity.”
So what changed? That isn’t clear, but Kim was ready the last time producers approached her.
It’s such an adventure. It’s something different. If you’re going to look up and celebrate 40 years of doing something, at this point, for me at least, the next logical progression is what’s challenging? What’s new? What’s different?”
She explained how she approached the show.
I don’t think it’s fair to go into any environment armed with, ‘Oh, this is already going to be this.’ Just go in with an open mind, an open heart. Now, go in with wisdom so you don’t get your head knocked off as soon as you hit the door!”
Going onto ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ with an “open heart” sounds pretty brave! Kim said her first concern was her family.
I’m very, very, very protective of my family, of my marriage, of my parenting.”
She also admitted she trusted the audience to understand the fights that were real and things that are, um, dramatically enhanced for the cameras.
Audiences are so smart now. They know what is puffed-up fodder that is dredged up just for the purposes of being mean-spirited. They know what’s real. They certainly know me, and to be able to pull back another layer…has been exciting.”
I have to say, I’m curious to see Kim on ‘RHOA.’ I can’t imagine sweet little Trudie on that show- LOL! How about you?
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