Jane Fonda, laughing in the face of ageing. (Image: Getty.)
Newsflash: Jane Fonda bloody loves getting older, and wants everyone to know it.
“You could not pay me to be young again. I don’t care how much money I was offered, I wouldn’t do it. I didn’t like being young at all,” the 78-year-old told the Daily Mail.
And her reason? The insecurities and pressures of her youth created unwanted stress — a stress that she would never revisit.
“By the time I was 20, I hated how old I was then. At 30, I was ancient, I saw no future for myself,” Fonda explained.
“At 49, I said, ‘I’m going down a dark hole, I can’t be creative any more,’ and I quit acting for almost 16 years. I was just so old.”
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The doubts that Fonda experienced in her 20s and 30s are surprisingly relatable, even if she was a world-famous Hollywood star at the time.
The Barbarella star finally quit her extreme views on ageing once she gained a greater self-awareness and understanding.
“Then, after I turned 60, I began to understand who I was, and I became young again,” she says.
“Now I’m in sight of my 80th birthday and feeling pretty good about life!” (Post continues after gallery.)