Jane Fonda married, and divorced, three times. She knows what it feels like when a relationship doesn’t work out.
“I was dealt a hand that didn’t lead necessarily to successful relationships. My dad married five times. I guess I just don’t know how to do it very well,” said Fonda in a The Washington Post interview.
A two-time Best Actress Oscar winner, Fonda added: “I know what it feels like to have the rug pulled out from under you, and to feel like your life is over and consider suicide and all that kind of thing.”
She stars in Grace And Frankie, about two women who forge an unlikely friendship when their husbands leave them. The Netflix original is already in its third season. It thrives on the hilarious and moving portrayal of female friendship between Fonda’s Grace and Lily Tomlin’s Frankie.
Fonda, 79, is showing no signs of slowing down in showbusiness. Apart from Grance And Frankie, she also has a new film called Our Souls At Night.
“I left the business at age 50, and I came back at age 65. It’s been an unusual situation to re-create a career at that age. But ageism, unfortunately, is still alive and well,” she said in the interview.
“And one of the things that Lily and I are proud of – and want to continue with – is showing that you may be old, you may be in your third act, but you can still be vital and sexual and funny … that life isn’t over.”
Also starring in Grace And Frankie are Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston as the women’s ex-husbands, Brooklyn Decker, Ethan Embry, June Diane Raphael and Baron Vaughn.
All three seasons of Grace And Frankie are available on Netflix.