We have all been waiting to hear what Kim Fields thoughts were on filming with RHOA this season. By the way, contrary to what you may have heard, filming is still ongoing, the Bravo entourage was at Phaedra’s house again today. They were also there last week to film a scene about how Phaedra spends so much time with her boys. As the fatherless clan made pizza, Phaedra allegedly remarked about her new “round pan” as if it was an object she had never seen before. But I digress.
We’ve all been wondering what if any team Kim would land on. I’m still waiting for my spy at Demetria’s single release party to get back with me with all the tea from that. I may just give up and post some of those photos here. Anyway, all signs so far have pointed to Kim riding the fence as skillfully as an Olympic equestrian rides a horse. But in the latest interview with her by Tanya Young Williams published by Huffington Post Kim says she is closest to Phaedra because they both have “faith at their core.” I’m not going to go there today, but that time will come, probably in 2016.
Kim says she will keep it classy this season. She even up and left Miami when all that ratchet sobbing on the floor stuff started to happen. She says that Bravo promised her that she could focus on her solid family life and they have been good about letting her do that. Interesting. Overall, Kim comes across as very confident. Confident right up to the point of being arrogant without actually crossing the line.
Here is an excerpt from the Tanya Young Williams exclusive:
How has your experience been during taping The Real Housewives of Atlanta?
Overall, its been an quite the adventure. Let me just say, it’s been “different”. But at this stage of my life I welcome – “different”. This experience has awakened many creative voices in me. I love that I get to be me and not play a character. It has been an eye-opening experience to say the least.
How has it been working with the ladies in the cast?
For 14 years I was in an ensemble cast filled with women. I can surely navigate my way through this. Throughout the process, I’ve gleaned a little something from each lady. A pinch of each of them is in me. Kenya is very girly, ultra famine – in terms of her exterior. I say, yeah, I can do more of that. Kandi is straight forward – all the time. I’m a bit more diplomatic – sometimes to a fault. Yet I say, how can I use some of her candid style. Going out with ladies and having ladies night out has been very healthy for me. I give and give and sometimes I can’t find me. I’m sure many moms and wives go down that same rabbit hole. I realized that I hadn’t really had “me” time since 1998. Living Single was ending and I was going through a divorce, contemplating a move from Los Angeles, so I thought that since I was by myself I was having “me” time. But my sister said, “healing time” is not “me time”. I realize that I was healing from a lot of pain and my faith was shaken. So I was just going through the motions of being happy. Hanging with the ladies helps me see that “me time” doesn’t mean I’m a bad mom or wife. If fact, it recharges my battery to be a better mom and wife.
This unprompted positive mention of Kenya and Kandi first is a good sign… right?
What is your take on your cast mates individually?
It’s way too early to know how my relationships will pan out. In fact, we went on a trip and things got out of hand and I bounced. A cast member said, you have to stay, we are all in this together and I said, “I just met you, I don’t owe you that!”. I’m closest to Phedra because we have certain things in common at our core – our faith. We both also have 2 young boys to love and raise. Our kids have played together. Cynthia and I have the “married” thing in common although she is working through some challenges. She’s also a model so we have the celebrity stuff in common. I find Porsha to be hilarious. She is in post-divorce mode and it seems to be a liberating place for her. Some may call it “wilin’ out”. I’ve been where she is. Kenya – it’s way too early. She is the wild card.
I love that she bailed on Miami and didn’t care what anyone said. I’ve already mentioned the Phaedra stuff, but I’m still SMH. In this part she forgets Kandi entirely and seems to be allied with the wrong team altogether. Porsha is still hilarious after filming with her for weeks? Really? At least she doesn’t mention the two non-peachholders.
I read online that Kenya directed, produced and starred in her own pilot. I would think that’s common ground for you. Have you seen the pilot?
Yes. I’ve seen the pilot. I’ve seen worse. It’s not that bad. She seems to get in her own way sometimes but that happens when you wear so many hats on a project. But, it has potential and the fact that she actually got it done is nothing to sneeze at.
The interviewer presses her on Kenya and she shows you her Olympic fence riding skills again. I’ve heard feedback from filmings that Kim is boring. Now I am starting to see why. She doesn’t give a shit about any of these women. She is there for a paycheck. It’s a J O B and she is not going to pick a team. Which actually is the smart way to go into this gig.
The trailer recently released by Bravo shows you crying in one scene. What was that about?
I’m not an emotional person, but there have been touch points during the taping that have caused me to be uncharacteristically emotional. That particular scene I was talking about what I shared already – losing myself. I am an outstanding mother. I work very hard to be a dedicated wife. I am a stellar actress and I know that I am a fantastic director and producer. The evidence is when you see my sons and when I receive accolades for my work. So I knew who that person was, but I didn’t know who “Kimmie” was. There have been real and very emotional moments for me.
Well, that was a self-aggrandizing non-answer to the question. I wish Tanya would have followed up.
In light of the pettiness, appalling antics and sometimes violent nature of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, what kind of drama will you bring to the series?
Maybe I’m bringing something different to this party. I can’t and won’t shake my home training and dignity. “Class” is in. As the younger generation would say, “Class in on fleek”. Still, I’m not perfect and I can get aggravated. If you get me to my tipping point, I can become what my Living Single cast mates called me, Ruth- the ruthless, assassin child star. When you bring me your toxins, a detoxing has to happen!
I love that she used the term home-training. That’s a southern phrase I wouldn’t have expected from her.
Are you prepared to deal with the attacking and controversial conversations that are the breeding grounds for high drama on all of the reality shows?
I don’t have the brain space to worry about, or strategize what I’m going to say in an upcoming conversation. I’m too busy worrying if I’ve missed my son’s appointment, making sure by boobs aren’t hanging to low, or what I will I feed my family for dinner. I don’t have time to prepare for pettiness. What you see is what you get. My faith keeps me grounded. My faith causes me to hold myself to a higher standard. It takes a lot for me to reach my tipping point. Also, I don’t take for granted the love and respect the public has for me. They’ve invited me into their living rooms for many years. They’ve experienced the highs and lows of my life. They don’t view me as a stranger, they see me as their sister, niece or cousin and so, I will always be the Kim they know and respect.
You are on the wrong show, Kimmie.
What has been your most surprising experience with The Real Housewives of Atlanta?
I went into this with no real expectations or judgements. I didn’t know anyone’s history because I don’t have time to read and watch the gossip. Now, if their drama was on Nick Jr. or Disney Channel, I would be up to speed. So when the ladies are sharing very personal and shocking information, I’m thinking, “Y’all know people can hear you and cameras are here” and “did you just say that out loud?”. I promise you, every one of my reactions is real. But then I realized, this is their world. This is what made them famous. Their honesty and transparency is what their audience expects and what makes The Real Housewives of Atlanta a successful show.
It’s so funny how many of the newbies swear they didn’t watch the show. No one agrees to be on a show without watching it.
Fashion is a big part of all of the Housewives shows. Will you be wearing couture.
I will be wearing “Kimtoure”. I just made that up. I like it! I do not have an off-the-rack body type (laughing), so my fabulous designer and stylist, Victoria Shaffer, makes sure I’m putting my best foot forward. She has designed for legends in the business – so I’m good. Even this – the struggles I have with my body and wardrobe is a journey we’ll share. Listen, I’ve been in the entertainment world for almost 40 years, but this reality game is on another playground. Still, I’m really excited to be playing in this space!
Should we talk about the sequenced shift dress in your Bravo opening? Probably not. Love your hair though!
The above is only a portion of Tanya Young Williams exclusive interview with Kim Fields. Please click the link and read the whole story!