Before she portrayed “the little girl with big ideas” on the 1960s television series “Gidget
,” Sally Field
began her acting career auditioning for a role with her mother.
In an interview with Hailee Steinfeld
for Variety‘s “Actors on Actors,” Field discussed her transition from being the child of working-class actors, to becoming a thesp herself. Her experiences were not always picture-perfect and there was a time when her step-father, actor Jock Mahoney
’s show — the Western series “Yancy Derringer
” — was “ripped out from under” him.
“Certainly the part of acting that I knew was not fun, it was not a glamorous world,” Field said. “It was where you had a life one day and then the next day literally it was all repossessed.”
Field’s mother, actress Margaret Field
, performed a scene with her daughter that yielded more interviews and auditions, which eventually landed Sally her first major role.