Jane Fonda has said that she doesn’t know if she’ll ever get back into movies, even after years of success on the big screen.
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Speaking in a new interview, the 83-year-old actor explained that she left behind her “snobbish” attitude about TV before understanding that her “future” lies in it because it’s a better medium for older women.
“I was one of those movie people who, for a long time, was snobbish about TV,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “Aaron Sorkin offered me this ongoing role in The Newsroom and I realised, ‘This is my future.’ I’m old.”
She continued: “Television is more forgiving for older women, and so I said, ‘OK, I’m going to start paying attention.’ So I started watching TV and now I don’t know if I’m going to go back into movie theatres. I just love television.”
Some of Fonda’s most memorable movie roles include: Monster-In-Law (2005), The Butler (2013), 9 To 5 (1980), Barbarella (1968) and Fun With Dick And Jane (1977).
Elsewhere during the interview, the Grace And Frankie star revealed she’s never been interested in becoming a director because she prefers being part of a team, as opposed to being the leader.
“I’m not a good leader,” she said. “I look like a leader, but I’m not. I’m very uncomfortable being out front. What I love about movie-making and television is the collaborative part of it, people working together. I never liked to be the head. I freeze.”
“[Robert] Redford always used to say, ‘Why don’t you?’ And I could just never explain to him why I’m not interested,” she continued. “If I’m one of a pack, then all of my juices begin to flow.
“And I seem like a leader because I have a lot of ideas, but I’m not the ultimate person responsible. I just love working and then coming home and having a martini or getting in a hot bath.”