My worst moment: Jane Fonda -- 'I'd rather lose a job than sleep with a guy' to get it

Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune on

Published in Entertainment News

Four longtime friends head to the Super Bowl and misadventures ensue in the comedy “80 for Brady,” starring Jane Fonda alongside Lily Tomlin, Sally Field and Rita Moreno. It’s one of several recent projects for Fonda that centers on meaningful friendships among women, from the long-running Netflix series “Grace and Frankie” to the upcoming sequel to “Book Club,” which comes out in May.

“It’s not intentional,” Fonda said of this throughline, just a happy turn of events. “Friendships are very important to me. In fact, friendships are very important to human beings. We are an animal that needs relationships. We need to be touched and hugged and loved and not feel alone. And fortunately, the women that I’m working with, both in ‘80 for Brady’ and ‘Book Club: The Next Chapter,’ they both have four women in them and all those women are friends of mine. I got really lucky.”

Fonda’s career spans six decades, her winning two Oscars along the way for “Klute” in 1971 and “Coming Home” in 1978. It’s a resume filled with iconic titles, from “Barefoot in the Park” to “Barbarella” to “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” to “The China Syndrome” to “9 to 5.”

When asked about a worst moment in her career, she recalled a memory from her early days as an actor.

My worst moment …

“I met a French director who will remain nameless — he is no longer alive and he was not someone I was married to. He was a famous French director and he had flown in from Paris to meet with me about a role in a film with Alain Delon. This might have been in ‘60 or ‘61.


“And he said — he was kind of flirting with me — he said, ‘You know, the character has to have an orgasm in the movie and I need to know what you’re like when you have an orgasm.’

“He didn’t speak English, though. He spoke French. So I pretended that I didn’t understand what he was saying. I spoke French fluently, but I pretended I didn’t understand what he was saying.

“And he never had his way. I guess that’s the most absurd, horrible thing.”

How did the meeting culminate?


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