Jane Fonda

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The first label slapped on Jane was Henry Fonda’s daughter, but soon, her talent and her beauty proved that she was a force in herself. The sexy Barbarella from the sixties became an activist in the seventies and the queen of fitness in the eighties.

The 79-year-old actress, who stunned in a Bella Freud dress, confessed that she loves her new adventure in the TV ahead of filming the new season of Grace and Frankie. The two-time Academy Award winner, who stars in the comedy drama alongside Lily Tomlin, says that she speaks a little of Spanish but is a big reader of our fellow authors

 Q: What do you enjoy most about this television adventure? 

A: One of the things that the fans of the series have told me the most is that we are real, direct women who are not afraid to say what they think. That is precisely what I most appreciate about the story, the direct and poignant style of its scripts. When you reach my age all the offers you receive are remnants of a joke. Having the possibility to interpret a woman who, after breaking their relationship after the seventies, starts again, is a real gift. 

Q: Do you identify with your character? 

A: Grace cares a lot about her image, for being thin, for pretending. Then, when they take everything away, it shatters, does not know who it is. Little by little she is discovering, thanks to Frankie, another perspective, in life there are many more things that she had not previously thought, and that, exactly, happened to me. I like that aspect of Grace because I've lived it. 

Q: Do you think on getting old, on your legacy 

A: We all wonder what, if anything, we’re going to leave behind. My ability to understand what my life means is the gift I would leave behind. It’s the strangeness of my life that is the most important thing about me, more than any particular part of my work. 

Q: You wrote in your biography how you got carried away by the men of your life, until you decided to take the reins 

A: When I realized that it was not perfect it awakened  a huge anxiety on me. Other women seek solace in alcohol, food, gambling, shopping, and I tried to find it in my relationships with men. I forgot to be myself. They left me at the door and I became what they wanted me to be, always convinced that the man I loved was better than me. Little by little, I understood how important was to reinvent myself, now I do not even look like the person I was in the past. 

Q: You have worked in both; movies and TV. Do you understand the phenomenon that has happened with the television 

A: I think so. Actually what has happened is that very good writers have gone to work on television because in cable and on the internet they can tell different stories. They have escaped from the corset that trapped them, from the obligate structure, from the required formula, and in so doing, they have changed the rules. The most interesting thing about Grace and Frankie, for me, is that it's not an outrageous or rebellious series, it's quite comfortable and easy, not stressful, but it also opens the door to different situations. Television is occupying the place of cinema, my series as Homeland or Empire enthuse me 

Q: He is worried that his series will be renewed 

A: Of course, like any other actor who wants to keep a job he ikes 

Q: How is it possible with the legacy behind you to think about whether or not you will renew the contract? 

A: Because it's exciting to feel the public's acceptance, it's always been. When you are renewed you know that there is a positive response to your work, that always nourishes creativity, encourages to continue, not to decay when you are tired. I will not deny that I read the critiques that have been written of the series and I pay attention to them if I consider that they are constructive. 

Q: Between your yoga, your social causes and your family, are you a happy woman? 

A: I am an insatiable reader, now I have time to read, I live in Atlanta five minutes away from my daughter and my two grandchildren, and that makes me happy. I see my son when I come to Los Angeles, and I'm very close to my children, we go on vacation together, my grandchildren love me very much, I have a boyfriend and some extraordinary friends. If I died tomorrow I would have lived a fantastic life 

Q: Do you read Spanish authors 

A: Of course, I love to read international authors as they open a window to their culture. I can’t read in Spanish, even if I understand some words, but I love Garcia Marquez, Bolaño and the new Mexican writer that is trendy right not, Yuri Herrera. I think is fantastic.

María Estévez

Correspondent Writer