Jane Fonda claims she is “not proud” of having a facelift and has avoided undergoing any other cosmetic treatments out of fear of looking “distorted” and developing an addiction to them.
The Grace and Frankie actress opens up in a new interview with Vogue about her legendary career reinventing fitness and how she handles wellness in her own life. The actress, a longtime advocate for a number of causes, including climate change, talks about her own experience with facelifts, her ideas on plastic surgery addiction, and how she hopes to change how people view becoming older.
When discussing her own connection to aging, Fonda claims that she wants “young people to stop being afraid about getting older” and to instead focus on their health.
“What matters isn’t age, isn’t that chronological number,” she says. “My dad died six years younger than I am now. He seemed so old because he was ill. He had heart disease. I’m not ill. So I’m almost 85, but I don’t seem that old.”
The Oscar winner notes that she wants to make other people aware of the importance of being healthy, fit, and well-balanced through her choice to speak about these topics as well as her job as one-half of the leading elder female duet in the now-ended sitcom Grace and Frankie. “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.”
“It’s still in the realm of life possibilities for you,” she continues. “That’s why I always tell people what my age is because I want them to realize it.”
Fonda’s position doesn’t mean she doesn’t know that some privileges, like having access to fitness and wellness tools, can affect how we age. She tells Vogue, “As those words are coming out of my mouth, I’m also thinking about the fact that I have money.”
“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,” she adds.
The actress also uses this as a chance to talk about her own feelings about cosmetic surgery. When talking about money and access, she says, “We all know a lot of wealthy women who have had all kinds of facelifts and other things,” and then she says, “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],” she continued. “Now, I don’t know if I had it to do over if I would do it. But I did it. I admit it, and then I just say, OK, you can get addicted. Don’t keep doing it.”
Fonda goes on to say that “a lot of women” may be “addicted” to facelifts and other similar procedures, but that since she’s had one herself, she just does the basics.
“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,” she says. “Laughter is a good thing too.”