Learn What DWTS Advice Kim Fields Got from RHOA Costar NeNe Leakes

Dancing with the Stars: Kim Fields on Advice from NeNe Leakes
Kim Fields
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03/08/2016 AT 04:00 PM EST

Kim Fields rose to fame as Tootie on The Facts of Life, experienced drama on The Real Housewives of Atlanta and is now going for the Mirrorball.

"I hadn't thought about the live factor, thank you … damn it!" she joked to PEOPLE on Tuesday about performing live on Dancing with the Stars. "No, I'm excited about that as well. I've been doing this for so long, I'm very blessed and just really excited about another new component to my career – and this is definitely that."

Fields is partnered with Sasha Farber, who last appeared as a contestant on the show with Nicole "Snooki" LaValle in season 17. Fields said Farber is one of the best parts of the gig.

"[I'm] learning something new that I can also take with me for the rest of my life, tapping into some of the history in my life and my culture, from Harlem to my maternal grandmother, who was a dancer," she said. "So I'm excited about those things. I think more importantly, just working with Sasha."

"Awww, she's very sweet. I paid her a lot of money for this," Farber joked.

As for her fellow Housewives?

"Kandi [Burruss] sent me a text. She hasn’t been on the show, but she was one of the first to congratulate me. Phaedra [Parks] congratulated me. NeNe [Leakes], especially had done the show, and was just like, 'Just have a great time. You'll love Sasha' – I love Sasha! So that's been cool."

Season 22 of Dancing with the Stars premieres March 21 on ABC.
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