Jane Fonda: I can’t pretend I’m not vain, but I’m not getting any more plastic surgery

Remember when Megyn Kelly asked Jane Fonda about her plastic surgery during an on-air interview with Robert Redford? Jane shut Megyn down and made it clear that it wasn’t the time or place for that topic. About two months later Megyn brought up Jane’s Vietnam activism as evidence that Jane wasn’t a good person or something. Megyn just wanted to fuel headlines for relevance. Her talk show was eventually canceled about a year later after she defended blackface and also because her ratings were bad. Jane will talk about her plastic surgery, but on her terms. She’s been open about it for years, and now she says she’s done with it. Jane is getting headlines for telling Elle Canada that she’s done cutting herself up (her words). The piece is lengthy and sycophantic but Jane sort-of warrants that kind of lead up. She’s a phenomenal woman. Plus it’s possible the interview was brief and they needed filler. Here’s some of what she said.

On people praising her as a legend
“Total facade,” she says, brushing off the acclaim. “I hate it because it is so uncomfortable.”

On plastic surgery
“I can’t pretend that I’m not vain, but there isn’t going to be any more plastic surgery—I’m not going to cut myself up anymore. I have to work every day to be self-accepting; it doesn’t come easy to me.”

On her bulimia
“I try to make it very clear that it has been a long and continuing struggle for me. I post pictures of me looking haggard—and once with my tooth out! This is a fake tooth,” she taps at an incisor. “It came out in a restaurant in Portugal, and I posted it.”

On choosing to be single
Each time a relationship ended, she says, “I thought, ‘Well, that will be the end for me because no one’s going to want to be with me or talk to me if I’m not with him.’” The disease to please, she says, left her empty. Her singleness now is very much a conscious choice: She is dedicating this chapter of her life to herself. She repeats what has become her favourite interview zinger: “I’ve closed up shop down there.”

On her friends
“The people who tend to really show up for me—and whom I show up for—are my women friends. I grew up in the ’50s, and on top of that my mother killed herself, so I totally identified with men, which meant rugged individualism, so it was very hard for me to overcome that…

“I grew up at a time when the thinking was that women were like cats, competing with each other, knocking each other down. But, in fact, there is no limit to what we can accomplish if we work together.”

[From Elle Canada]

I really like how she described her friends, and I feel the same. They really show up for me and support me. Jane also talked about how hard it must be to be a young person growing up in these uncertain times, and she recognized her privilege as a wealthy white woman, which is something she’s done many times before and is appreciated. As for her swearing off plastic surgery, I mean she’s 82 and she looks amazing. I will absolutely get plastic surgery in my 50s or 60s and I hope I’m judicious with it like Jane and that it settles and doesn’t give me that LA face. I get the feeling she’s saying this for herself as much as everyone else. Like sometimes I tell people I’m not eating sugar anymore but I know I’m still going to do it. I’m not saying she is going to get more plastic surgery! It just sounds like one of those things you declare so you keep yourself accountable.

Oh and Megyn Kelly had to chime in on this because of course she did.

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  1. Lightpurple says:

    Such a beautiful person inside and out.

  2. paranormalgirl says:

    I show up for my friends, and vice versa. If it means traveling across the ocean to do it, I will. And so will they. My friends, like Jane’s, are the major foundation of my life. Because of them, I am a better person, a better doctor, a better mom, a better wife. And shut up, Megyn Kelly. Just shut up.

  3. ME says:

    Well you’re like 82 honey, how much more do you need to do to yourself? They can only pull back the skin so much. She looked damn good at the Oscars though. I bet she would have still looked good even if she hadn’t had any plastic surgery though.

  4. JennyJenny says:

    I absolutely adore Jane Fonda. And Megyn Kelly is a troll.

  5. BANANIE says:

    Good for her for doing what makes her feel the best. I hate to say it but I imagine if she hadn’t had surgery before, she wouldn’t have gotten the role on Grace & Frankie because she wouldn’t look the part. I bet some people will be offended by the expression “cutting herself up” and I don’t see why because it’s literally what plastic surgery entails.

  6. Mish says:

    Megyn Kelly is a vile pos. No surprise to anyone. It should be said often with a regularity. Beating up on an 82yo because after having talked about her cosmetic surgery in a couple previous interviews, you got pissed she didn’t want to bring up her facelift while sitting next to Robert Refford and promoting her film on your show. Unreal.

    Let someone ask me about a cosmetic surgery procedure while I’m seated next to Keanu Reeves, I’m going for their throat. Lol

  7. minx says:

    I read Jane’s autobiography. When she was growing up Henry Fonda was always judging Jane’s face and body; she never felt pretty enough or thin enough. Two of his wives were anorexic. He was a terrible, terrible father, and I’m not surprised she had issues about her looks.

    • Mrs. Peel says:

      Came here to say the same thing – her father was extremely critical of her, he was a beast. It’s a blessing that she turned out so fierce. Love her.

    • Snowslow says:

      This is what gets me. Plastic surgery is literally a tool for self-hatred. I don’t get it. Why oh why are these women doing it and then having relationships and falling hard for men who would never go under the knife for them? Why this blatant double standard?
      I am sorry for putting this out there but I get really depressed when I read about people planning to do surgery once they hit their 50’s (I am 43). You can shout at me all you want but this is patriarchy, and ingrained mysoginy. Go ahead, say ‘my body my choice’ all you want but I don’t believe it is your choice. It is the constant nagging and bullying and non-acceptance of self. I once saw an interview with Fonda and she seems deeply troubled like someone of her generation can be (no Billie Eillishly statements about mental health at 18 for them), that is keeping face like a pro. I just love her, but I see the pain.

      • Yeahbutt says:

        I thought I wouldn’t do plastic surgery either. But I did. I was insecure & had a pocket full of cash. I can’t say it was a good or bad idea. How would I know?

  8. Roro says:

    I love Jane Fonda. Megyn Kelly can go f*%k herself.

  9. adastraperaspera says:

    Team Jane.

  10. Anne says:

    She is amazing, I love her! Grace and Franke are my jam.

  11. Jaded says:

    My gal pals are the best, they’ve been with me for decades and we’ve all been through good times and bad, but they made the bad times bearable and the good times exceptional.

    Oh, and I love the grey hair Jane is rocking!

  12. Tashiro says:

    That coat👍I wonder who it’s by but I know I can’t afford it 😁