We joked about how silly people were and watched movies and ate candy.” “Of course we loved each other, but nothing happened romantically,” Shields says of her relationship with Jackson.
“I would be like, ‘Oh please, knock it off.’ He was like this kid who would ask you [about dating and romance].
is an American actress, model and former child star.
Initially a child model, she gained critical acclaim at age 12 for her leading role in Louis Malle's film Pretty Baby (1978), in which she played a child prostitute in New Orleans at the turn of the 20th century.
In her tribute to Jackson after his death, Shields also defended their “odd” relationship.
“Thinking back to when we met and the many times that we spent together and whenever we were out together, there would be a caption of some kind, and the caption usually said something like ‘an odd couple’ or ‘an unlikely pair,’ but to us it was the most natural and easiest of friendships.” that, in the end, she and Jackson were such friends because they knew neither wanted anything from the other.
The role garnered Shields widespread notoriety, and she continued to model into her late teenage years and starred in several dramas in the 1980s, including The Blue Lagoon (1980), and Franco Zeffirelli's Endless Love (1981).