If there’s something Jane Fonda is known for, it’s her honesty. The actress, with a 60-year career and two Oscars (with a total of seven nominations), has never been shy when it comes to raising her voice about feminism, environmental issues, father and daughter relationships – her dad was big movie star Henry Fonda – and, of course, sex. Now, she’s making headlines again while explicitly talking about her last project.
One of her most recent roles is playing the part of Grace Hanson on the Netflix series Grace and Frankie, co-starring Lily Tomlin, 82. On the show, which just premiered its seventh season, the two women discover their respective husbands, who’ve been co-workers for two decades, are also lovers. The sitcom has been nominated for 13 Emmy Awards. In season three, the two friends start a company that makes sex toys for older women, and now, in a video released by Netflix, Fonda has shared the consequences of that plotline while discussing the last season of the show.
“I’m a big fan of vibrators,” she says in Grace and Frankie: A Farewell to 7 Seasons with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, remembering what happened after that season aired. “For Christmas everybody sent me vibrators. It’s so funny, you should see my drawer next to my bed.”
Grace and Frankie’s last episodes air on April 29, with Dolly Parton as the season finale’s special guest. It has become one of the few shows currently streaming where the main characters are two older women, something hard to see these days. The press tour for this last season has given Fonda the chance to give very interesting interviews, where she has spoken about, amongst other subjects, her father. A few days ago, she shared that one of the most important experiences of her life was producing the film On Golden Pond, where she and Henry Fonda played father and daughter.
“My dad was sick, and I knew he wasn’t going to live much longer,” she told Vanity Fair. “Working with my father was just like living with my father: You didn’t get much input. He didn’t talk much. He didn’t want to be ruffled. But he was there. He was a yeoman. He was a pro.”
Fonda explains the movie was a way to address their complicated relationship. “Put yourself in my shoes. A daughter who absolutely worshiped her father who never expressed emotion – he didn’t – who never verbalized any love or affection, who was extremely repressed. And I get to produce a movie and act with him. And in that movie, I get to say to him things that I was never able to say in life. And in the movie, we reconcile. And in this movie that I produce for him, he ends up winning an Oscar. I am so grateful for having had an experience like that. He died five months later, but I have that movie. I have that experience with him.”