DALLAS — Brooke Shields, hailed as Time magazine’s "Face of the 1980s,” has been in the public eye from the time she was a child. "Acting was the only thing that gave me a childhood,” she said at a press tour promoting her latest film, "Furry Vengeance,” with Brendan Fraser. As an adult, she’s become an advocate for children, working for children’s literacy, writing children’s books and sometimes making family films. Why does she have an interest in helping children? "It boils down to respect,” Shields said. "I’ve always believed that they’re pure, and they don’t deserve so much of what they have to endure.” With two kids of her own, Shields said children can tell whether they are being patronized. "It doesn’t have to be stupid just because it’s for kids,” Shields said. "They’re highly intelligent individuals.” In "Furry Vengeance,” Shields plays Tammy Sanders, the wife of developer Dan Sanders (Brendan Fraser). He’s trying to develop a pristine forest into a housing division at the bequest of his smarmy boss, Neal Lyman (Ken Jeong). This was Shields’ first time working with Fraser, though they knew each other socially. "I had never worked with him, but I had been a fan,” Shields said. "When I looked at us, when we first saw ourselves together, we were like, ‘Oh, it seems like they could really be a married couple.’” When the animals of the forest discover they are about to lose their home, they fight back, led by a crafty raccoon. While it’s over the top, Shields says it’s important to stay in the reality of the situation as a performer. "Nobody in this movie did the ‘wink, wink’ to the camera, like, ‘I know I look stupid, but disclaimer here.’ It’s about really, truly — with the broadest of comedy — (acting as) if you respect it or if you are real within it,” Shields said. Travel and accommodations paid for by Summit Entertainment.