Jane Fonda on Lily Tomlin: ‘I’m fascinated with her, she always says something funny’


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Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin were on Jimmy Kimmel last week to promote season five of Grace and Frankie, which premiered on Netflix Friday. Like their appearance on Ellen, they were delightful and their love for each other was obvious. Jane and Lily felt like they were too far apart during the interview so they sat in the same chair! They had their arms around each other and it was sweet. When Jimmy asked about their friendship Jane’s response was so heartfelt that I got a little jealous. I want a best friend like that!

Do you still feel like you’re learning things about each other, five seasons in?
Jane: I am fascinated with her. Somebody asks a question and I get ready to answer it really boring and she always says something really funny. I cannot believe the funny bone that she has. I have loved her from the moment I saw her. [Jane puts her leg on Lily, hugs her tighter]

Lily: She has been unbelievable. She told a story earlier today that was outrageous and had to do with like a cockroach and some private parts.

Jane: What are you talking about? Next question.

Jimmy to Lily: You are a obviously comedy legend, there’s no question about it.
Lily: That was back in the early 70s. The standard was very low it didn’t matter.

Lily then told the story about how she convinced Richard Pryor to be on her variety special. (You can watch their skit here, I’ve never seen it it’s a little before my time. Alan Alda is also in it.) She said he brought her to his old neighborhood and she passed that test and after that he made her go to a p0rno movie with him. She laughed about it and said “it wasn’t such a big thing,” but it sure sounds like it to me. I can’t imagine what she had to deal with back then. Kimmel asked Jane if she’d ever been to one and she said she’d paid to see Deep Throat. I’ve never seen that!

In the second half of the interview Fonda talked about ensuring that the Mueller investigation can continue and she spoke passionately about the need for activism and citizen action. She ended with saying that “We can never again elect a leader who pits us against each other.” I am over here giving her a raised fist.

Here’s their interview:

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Photos credit: Ali Goldstein / Netflix press

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  1. Millennial says:

    I adore this show and both of them.

  2. Lululemon says:

    These two women are amazing. They have such great chemistry! Watched them recently again in 9 to 5. Absolutely wonderful, and a delight to watch!

  3. MarcelMarcel says:

    Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are so amazing! Love the show and love the comedic chemistry they have. I hope more shows feature older women and friendship. I’m only 28 but I’m sick of how much media centres around teenagers and/or romance.

    I recommend checking out Grandma if you’re a Lily Tomlin fan.

    • elimaeby says:

      I’m in my early thirties, and I totally agree. I love seeing life and love from a different perspective. We have f&*%-nothing figured out hahaha. Also, they have the best chemistry and the Robert-Sol chemistry GIVES. ME. LIFE. <3

  4. Lightpurple says:

    My plans this frigidly cold day are to scrape ice off my car, followed by bingewatching Grace & Frankie.

    • Esmom says:

      Sounds lovely. I need to finish The Americans (highly recommend!) then I think G & F will be next.

  5. Canadian says:

    We usually like this show. I wish they had left their lovely faces alone, but we got distracted by their frozen/stretched faces. Maybe they need time to settle in?

  6. MJ says:

    The eighties are the new sixties… :)

  7. Ty says:

    Am I too selfish ti ask that they make 29 seasons of Grace and Frankie with 25 eoisodes it?

    I got through entire season 5 on Friday.

    This is one of the best Netflix show ever made.

    Everyone is legend.

  8. SJknows says:

    I watched the entire Season 5 of Grace and Frankie over the weekend. It’s a good show! The actors that are guest featured are huge talents, Marsha Mason, Ed Asner, Peter Gallagher, Sam Elliott, Ernie Hudson, etc.
    Pete Gallagher pulled off a prat fall that made me burst out laughing. Rewound and watched it again. Sam Watterson is wonderful in S5, he and Carl the dog stole the show.
    Netflix can raise their price, but they have some shows that I watch with8n days of a new season arriving.
    Peaky Blinders, Santa Clarita Diet, G&F, The Ranch are better than network shows now, IMO.

    • DiegoInSF says:

      I love Grace and Frankie and also Santa Clarita Diet! I also tend to binge watch them so I’m trying to pace myself!

  9. serena says:

    I love them.