12/11/2012 12:31 pm ET

Sally Field: 'Lincoln's' Mary Todd on How Her Life Has Changed

She's a two-time Academy Award winner and a three-time Emmy Award winner but now, after a 50-year acting career, Sally Field is writing the next chapter of her life story.

In this "Oprah's Next Chapter" clip, Sally -- who currently stars as Mary Todd in Steven Spielberg's acclaimed film "Lincoln" -- reveals that her mother passed away last year on Sally's 65th birthday. After that, she took a closer look at her life and where she wants to be.

"I was no longer caring for a beloved ill parent and my children were all grown," she tells Oprah. "I felt, 'What am I doing?' and I really had to look at what my life is and what I want for myself. I'm free for the very first time in my life."

Her first move? Getting an apartment in New York City, a place she says she's wanted to live all her life.

"So now I have a little apartment in the West Village," she says. "And I have a little place here that's going to go into construction. And so eventually on the other side of it, I will have a great little keepable [lifestyle]. I don't have to do a whole lot of things I don't want to do to to maintain it. I don't have to do jobs I don't want to do. I'm in a place where I don't have to do anything I don't want to do work-wise. And I can have that apartment in New York. I just can't tell you how thrilling it is for me to be there. It's like I'm 21 or something."

"Oprah's Next Chapter" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. E.T. on OWN.