Mindy Cohn and Kim Fields with Andy Cohen (Peter Kramer/Bravo)
It was a "Facts of Life" reunion on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live" Thursday night. Mindy Cohn and Kim Fields, better known as Natalie and Tootie, sat in with show host Andy Cohen to reminisce about the '80s hit TV series — and take questions on topics from George Clooney to Cohn being the godmother of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's kids.
When asked if they knew that Clooney, who appeared on the show from 1985 to 1987, was going to be a huge star one day, Fields, 43, said: "I kind of did. I was still young so it was hard to be a judge of that. But I knew he would be some kind of success because he had such great personality, great comedic timing, and he was certainly attractive. So I knew something was going to happen!"
Cohn, 46, admitted to being the most boy crazy of her co-stars — also including Nancy McKeon (Jo) and Lisa Whelchel (Blair). Her character famously was the first to lose her virginity — a storyline Cohn said she pushed for. "I was thrilled [by the storyline] because one of us needed to do something!" she said about Natalie losing her virginity to her boyfriend Snake. "We were a show that talked about issues and it was an issue that wasn't being talked about. Producers first wanted the Blair character to [lose her virginity] but [Whelchel] passed based on decisions she had made. So I just ran up to [the producer's] office and said: 'Me me, me!' So I'll take the banner — absolutely.'"
During Cohen's signature game "Plead the Fifth," in which guests have to answer two out of the three questions, Cohn, who now appears on "Secret Life of the American Teenager" with "Facts of Life" alum Molly Ringwald, candidly admitted that she was the first of her co-stars to lose her virginity in real life, too. "Art does imitate life you know," she told Cohen, quickly adding: "My parents just keeled over."
Although Cohn was down with talking about her sex life, she wasn't as chatty when asked about being the godmother of the six Jolie-Pitt children. It's long been rumored that she is good friends with the couple and was given that special honor. However, she has never confirmed it — and last night was no exception. "Pleading the fifth," she told Cohen.
Earlier this month, Celebuzz also asked about her Jolie-Pitt connection and while she gave a longer answer, she didn't reveal any more information. "That story seems to be going around, which is so interesting," she said. "I just don't talk about any of that. I've seen friends of mine who even put their toe in the shallow end of discussing their private life and then it becomes the story."
In the same interview she also dished about Clooney. "He was hysterically funny, terrifically charismatic. His talent was obvious," she said. "It was the same when I met Johnny Depp on '21 Jump Street.' It was a feeling of, 'I don't know what you're going to do, but holy hell you're going to have a lot of people watching you.'"
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