The actor wants young people to embrace getting old.
Multihyphenate Jane Fonda, 84, stopped getting facelifts because she didn’t want to look “distorted.” In an interview with Vogue, the Oscar winner, activist, and aerobics instructor opened up about aging, and what she’s done to fight it.
“I’m almost 85, but I don’t seem that old,” the Book Club star said. She adds that she wants to help young people “stop being afraid of being old” and “help people realize that just because you’re a certain age doesn’t mean you have to give up on life, give up on having fun, give up on having boyfriends or girlfriends, making new friends, or whatever you want to do.”
Fonda, who always tells people her age, is aware that she has an advantage. “You have money,” she said of her inner thoughts about aging. “You can afford a trainer. You can afford plastic surgery. You can afford facials. You can afford the things that help make you continue to look young. That is true. Money does help. Good genes and a lot of money, as somebody once said. But then as I’m saying that, I’m thinking we all know a lot of women who are wealthy who’ve had all kinds of facelifts and things like that and they look terrible. I had a facelift and I stopped because I don’t want to look distorted. I’m not proud of the fact that I had [one].”
Fonda also told Vogue that if she could do it all over again, she wouldn’t get anything done to her face.
Speaking with Yara Shahidi for Glamour‘s May cover story, Fonda added that health is as important as anything when it comes to aging. “When you get older, you realize that staying healthy is joyful and critical because age isn’t so much chronology,” she said. “My dad died seven years younger than I am now, and he seemed so old because he was sick.”
“A lot of women, I don’t know, they’re addicted to [procedures],” Jane Fonda told Vogue. “I don’t do a lot of facials. I don’t spend a lot of money on face creams or anything like that, but I stay moisturized, I sleep, I move, I stay out of the sun, and I have good friends who make me laugh. Laughter is a good thing too.”
Originally published in Glamour.co.uk