Ladies We Love: Jane Fonda


By Editors

Do you feel attitudes have changed in the entertainment business?
If it had been then like it is now, I wouldn't have survived. There's almost no such thing as privacy, with all the close-up shots of cellulite, and getting a camera in your nose every time you step outside your house. But in terms of the paparazzi, nobody pays much attention to me. They take pictures, but they can't sell them. So I don't have to worry about that. [Laughs]

I've always loved your outspokenness. The night we met I was with Justin Bond, and you just leaned over and said to him, "Pardon me, are you a transgender?" Justin was so happy that you just asked him.
I think transgender people are the bravest people in the world because they give up penis privilege voluntarily. And our whole culture almost globally is based on penis privilege -- patriarchy. It's the bravest thing to do because it's the biggest threat to the status quo. So I really, really admire people who take that step, and I know many of them.

I also love the great work you do for girls, socially.
And boys. People think it's all girls, but I have such a deep connection to the pain of boys. It's so hard to be a boy in this culture. It's harder than it used to be, and there's no safe place here for a boy who isn't afraid to show his emotions. We've got to make it safer to be a boy whose head and heart are connected, instead of cut in half.

You have opinions and you're a very smart, accomplished woman. At the same time, you never take yourself too seriously. It's a joy to be on the dance floor with you -- just letting loose and having fun. You like to be social and connect with people.
Well, it saves me because my tendency is toward the dark side, which I get from both parents. But I've seen what happens when you go there, and it's just no fun. So I do make an effort to look at the light side.

Talking of which, you've relaunched Jane Fonda's Workout.
Yes. I've created a new brand called Prime Time, and I'm working on the next two.

And you've been talking up a possible sequel to Barbarella.
I can't say too much about it because I don't want anyone to steal it, but I've got a whole concept where I would be Barbarella -- but I'm a grandmother. I did mate with that angel, right? Which means I would lay an egg and something would come out of it.

That would be amazing.