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Janet Jackson’s ‘Good Times’ Mom Chip Fields Talks About Her Acting As A Child


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Janet Jackson’s ‘Good Times’ Mom Chip Fields Talks Teaching Her How To ‘Cry On Cue’

Janet Jackson was a superstar in the entertainment world even as a child. She would perform with her brothers on variety shows where she would show her singing and acting chops.

The child prodigy that she was drew the attention of television producers and she would eventually be a star on the classic 1970’s sitcom called “Good Times”. The series showcased the first African American two-parent household on American television.

Another child star during the time was Kim Fields who played the lovable Tootie on the hit tv show “Facts Of Life”. Her mother, Chip Fields, was the actress who portrayed Janet Jackson’s character, Penny, mom on “Good Times”. The mother and daughter tandem appeared on Instagram live stream video to let everyone know the behind the scenes was like for a young Janet Jackson learning her trade.

“That weekend we had rewrites and stuff and Janet came home with me. And that’s how you and her became like sisters. And we worked on it and Janet sat down and I said ‘Okay, I know you don’t like to cry. I know it’s a different kind of genre for you, it’s not in the music industry. But we got to get to the point that when you come from that closet behind me, you gotta have something on your face and you got to bring it.’ And she’d get tickled because it was such an unnatural thing to just cry on cue.”

Chips Field continued to reveal more on what it was like with Janet Jackson:

“And so I said okay well here’s what I’m going to tell you, I want you to go into the closet – in our house, we’re rehearsing – and I don’t want you to come out of the closet until you have thought about something that will bring you to that kind of tear. If you can’t believe it right now then fine – that’s that memory thing. So she goes in the closet and she came out – and I’m turned this way. When she came out that closet and said ‘mama I’m sorry!’ Oh my gosh! Then she made me act.”