3 Things We Learnt From the Fabulous Jane Fonda

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Plain Jane, she ain't.

Grace and Frankie

Today, Netflix released Season 3 of Grace and Frankie, the series that celebrates the depth and hilarity of women through the friendship of two 70-somethings, Grace (played by Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin). Their kinship is sparked only after they’re dumped by their husbands, and it is, without doubt, spill-your-coffee funny.

As such, we thought it timely to bring out a couple of fervent insights shared by Jane Fonda, in an earlier interview we did with her.

Don’t fear ageing

“When you’re young, and you’re looking at age from the outside, it’s so scary. But when you’re inside age – and I’m very much inside age, I’m discovering, and this is new – it’s not scary at all. So this is a big discovery for me. My message for women is hope – especially in the US. We’re so focused on youth. We’re so scared of dying.”

On meditating the hard way

“I didn’t do [meditation] until I was 70. As is usual – it’s my way of doing things – I did it in the most impossibly difficult way. I went to a Zen Buddhist monastery. The first 8 days of December, they celebrate the enlightenment of the Buddha; it’s called Rohatsu. You don’t speak. You don’t look at anyone in the eye. You meditate all day. No-one thought I would last. But I’m my father’s daughter.”

On staying politically active

“I am still politically active – for the rights of women. [It’s] very important in the US. We have no equal rights amendment in the constitution. Women earn less than men doing exactly the same job. Very few movies are directed by women. Old women are the fastest-growing demographic in the world and yet you don’t see them in central parts. I wanted to change that.”

Oh, and here’s the trailer for Season 3.

Image: Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in the Netflix Original Series “Grace and Frankie”. Photo by Melissa Moseley for Netflix.

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