Jane Fonda on W

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Jane Fonda graces W magazine’s June/July cover, and in the interview, she talks about what’s it’s like to be a fashion icon at 77, discusses her high-profile marriages, and shares her views on aging.

On the Balmain jumpsuit she wore at the Grammy Awards this past February: “I suppose I’ve always known what I like on my body.” “I took one look at that Balmain jumpsuit, and I said, ‘That’s it!’ I’m best when I’m wearing something structured, with no frills or bows. Something that will show my waist and bum, because I’ve always had a good bum.”

Photo Credit: Steven Meisel for W Magazine

Truthfully, my relationship to fashion has always been strained. When I was starting out as an actress in New York, I worked as a model because I needed to pay for acting classes. But I didn’t have what it took to be a model. I hated all the emphasis on how I looked, and I never paid much attention to clothes.” 

On beginning a new phase in her life and career: “I realized I didn’t have a lot of time left, and I wanted to pay more attention,” Fonda explained. “I had a vision: I wanted to give a cultural face to older women.”  She paused. “I did have plastic surgery. I’m not proud of the fact that I’ve had it. But I grew up so defined by my looks. I was taught to think that if I wanted to be loved, I had to be thin and pretty. That leads to a lot of trouble.”

 To restart her career, Fonda returned to Los Angeles, where she now lives with her boyfriend, record producer Richard Perry. “I have become a foodie,” admitted Fonda, who had long claimed to be a terrible cook.  “My boyfriend is a foodie, and it has rubbed off on me.” She still takes on movie roles—she plays an 80-something diva in Paolo Sorrentino’s film Youth, which premieres at the Cannes Film Festival this week—but she’s increasingly enticed by TV. “Ever since I got old, I have wanted to do television,” Fondaexplained. “It’s much more forgiving for older women.”

In the Netflix series Grace and Frankie, Fonda and Lily Tomlin play women who are left by their husbands after the two men fall in love with each other. “My character asks, and we all ask at various times in our lives, ‘What do we do now?! And the only thing you can do is keep going.”

Photo Credit:  Steven Meisel for W Magazine

Photo Credit: Steven Meisel for W Magazine

That may be the greatest theme of Fonda’s life: “It’s called resilience,” she said. “And it’s a very mysterious thing. When I was first starting out, I’d go to auditions, and I knew so many of the gals. Half of them were far more beautiful than me, and the other half were far more talented, but none of those women made it. I’d wonder, Why did it happen for me and not them? Now I think it has to do with that core resilience.”

Read the full story and see more photos: http://www.wmagazine.com/people/celebrities/2015/05/jane-fonda-cover-interview/ 

Watch the video interview with Jane Fonda (as part of W’s Screen Tests): https://thescene.com/watch/w/jane-fonda-interview

Fashion credits: On the cover, Jane Fonda wears a Giambattista Valli Haute Couture dress and cape on the cover. Inside, she wears Lanvin, Nina Ricci, Elie Saab and more.


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