Jane Fonda is making a huge return to acting, going full-time once again with new television and film roles.
Though Forbes previously reported that the two-time Oscar winner said that she would be returning to acting school due to a realization that her “instrument needs to be tuned up again, instead of phoning it in,” admitting, “I don’t know who I’ll study with,” it seems that her training will be somewhat hands-on. The 74-year-old Fonda plays an aging hippie in the recently-released Peace, Love & Misunderstanding and nabbed a role in Aaron Sorkin’s series The Newsroom which debuts Sunday on HBO.
The New York Daily News reports that Fonda is following her own advice from her 2011 book, Prime Time: Making the Most of All of Your Life by making her third-act memorable.
“For the first time in my life, I really feel that I’m mistress of my own fate,” says Fonda.
“Partly, that’s because my past is very long and my future is short, so what I do has to be very carefully thought out,” she adds. “I’m much more thoughtful about everything. I’ve been very deliberate about getting into social media, and going back to the theater, and choosing to do television.”
Fonda has been a Hollywood powerhouse and Renaissance woman for her entire life. She has earned much acclaim for her efforts as an actress, a writer, a fitness guru, and a political activist. Though she’s now in her golden years, she shows no signs of compromise or slowing down.
“Everything I’ve ever been is bearing fruit, and that feels really good,” Fonda says. “I still feel like I’m still a little bit Barbarella, and I’m certainly still an activist. In terms of my personal growth, I don’t know what I would have been had Vietnam not happened. The writing is new, and gives me a lot of fulfillment.
“I have a lot of energy! You know, I’ve sort of finally become the feisty girl I was [supposed to be]. And I understand that girl for the first time,” Fonda concludes.
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