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“Adventures In Christmasing” star Kim Fields talks about writing and producing the film, which is part of VH1’s “Naughty Or Nice” film series

CHICAGO (CBS) – The holiday season is in full swing and VH1 is getting into the action with its very first “Naughty or Nice” film series.

Kim Fields (Tootie from “Facts of Life” and Regine from “Living Single” and now “The Upshaws on Netflix) wrote, produced and starred in the first film in the” Adventures in Christmasing “series.

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She plays a talk show host forced by her boss to spend Christmas in nature. Everything for our greatest pleasure. Field spoke to CBS 2’s Ryan Baker about that experience and what we can expect from this new way to line up.

Ryan: We are delighted to have you with us on CBS 2 Chicago. Tell me about “Adventures in Christmasing” coming to VH1.

Kim: Yes, so my movie “Adventures in Christmasing” kicks off the VH1 holiday season in an unprecedented move actually. The VH1 is now in the original vacation movie space and we launched it on November 29th with a great adventure that I think really inspires people to step out of their comfort zone and explore and be an adventurer. And that doesn’t always mean jumping out of a helicopter or falling into a glacial river or missing the mayor. It could be not being afraid of what to expect next, even if you don’t know what will happen next. Of course we have great characters and a great cast Eva Marcille, Kel Mitchell, Jonathan Silverman and Adrian Holmes and I are teaming up again for this project.

Ryan: Speaking of stepping out of your comfort zone, it seems like something that you, as an artist, as a content creator, have no problem doing because we’ve all seen you on camera for so long. years. With a wonderful career, but what is it like to be on the creative side in terms of executive production, helping to create the story and really putting the project together in all its aspects, how- what rewarding for you at this point in your career?

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Kim: It’s incredibly liberating. It’s so liberating, inspiring and empowering because you get that feeling, it’s like a joy, you know, to be able to bring new characters to the fore. And to do something different, you know? When you’ve been in the game for longer, you want to do things that are going to keep the fire in your belly for you. And your audience, you know, I think they’re responding to that. And that’s why we all still like each other here. So it’s incredibly exhilarating to be able to talk about adventure in this regard. It’s his own adventure, quite frankly.

Ryan: (Kim’s character) Parker Baldwin, how much does she take on your own personality? She looks like this type A personality. Is that you?

Kim: She’s a bit of an alpha female. But not a control freak. It’s definitely a team effort on both sides of the camera. And so the idea of ​​Parker Baldwin, being someone who is fair, she has had personal experiences that really explain why she really prefers to be as prepared as possible. She is therefore not caught off guard. And I think a lot of people, especially in these unprecedented times, as people continue to refer to this moment that we are all living in life right now. Whether we all have this feeling of “oh, it’s uncomfortable because I don’t know what’s going to happen next, or how the next few months or years are going to be for me because I see it coming.” And so I wanted to have a project where people really understand the advice to step out of your comfort zone. And what that sounds like on a really interpersonal level as well as something as big as an adventure.

Ryan: So last summer I did this COVID lockdown when you know kinda stuck I could move around I took my family camping I hadn’t been out in the woods (since) a summer camp or something like that. So what do we do when you were shooting this, were you a person who loves the outdoors? Is this something you had to get used to and learn really quickly or do you like camping and going out into the great outdoors?

Kim: Well, I like to venture out and explore and be outdoors. I’m looking into this a lot more. But again, this is one of those things that goes out of your comfort zone. We don’t glamp. We are pushing him. Parker doesn’t look like that in his adventures (laughs)

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Adventures at Christmas premieres this Monday, November 29 on VH1.

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