Jane Fonda Q&A: ‘Youth’
"It's a work of art," proclaims Jane Fonda about her new film "Youth," directed by Paolo Sorrentino, who also helmed the 2013 film "The Great Beauty," winner of the Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar. In our recent interview, the 77-year-old screen legend adds, "To me, 'Youth' is about how aging is really not so chronological as it is spirtual, as it is energetically. If you have retained your passion, you can be old but you'll still be young."
Fonda plays veteran actress Brenda Morel, who has worked with filmmaker Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel) on many of his movies. Boyle is planning his final film with her while holidaying in Switzerland with his best friend, retired conductor Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine). Morel makes a grand entrance deep into the movie.
Her character gives Boyle some very disappointing news about his next project and his current status in the industry. Fonda admits she signed on without even reading the script because she wanted to work with Sorrentino so much.
She is a two time Oscar winner for "Klute" (1971) and "Coming Home" (1978) from seven nominations. She could contend again this year as Best Supporting Actress and a third win would put her in the company of only six people who have achieved that mark in acting — Ingrid Bergman, Walter Brennan, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, and four-time champ Katharine Hepburn.
Fonda produced and co-starred in "On Golden Pond," the 1981 film for which Hepburn won her final Academy Award. She says that the legendary actress spoke with her on the phone the morning after that victory. Since Fonda had lost the night before and remained with two trophies, Hepburn exclaimed, "You'll never catch me now!"