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Jane Fonda: I’m surprised I’m still working

Published 06/07/2015

Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda is “surprised” she is still being given opportunities in the acting industry.

The 77-year-old actress has been in the acting industry since the 1960s. But amid discussions about sexism in the industry, Jane admitted she does find it annoying that so much attention is given to young women in Hollywood.

However, she accepts this is something that’s unlikely to change.

“I’m surprised I’m still getting opportunities because, for women, once you reach 40 or 50 it’s very difficult to find work,” Jane told the Daily Mirror. “The perception of men as they get older is vastly different from women.

“Men are seen as becoming elegant and more desirable, whereas women are seen as having lost their beauty and attractiveness. It’s as if we become devalued because only our beauty defines us.

“That’s what puts all this terrible pressure on women to look as young as possible. Society values youth – and particularly so when it comes to women. It’s not fair, but that’s the way it is.”

As well as acting success, Jane is famous throughout the world for her fitness videos. At 77, she still has a figure to be envious of , but she says there’s no secret to her slim physique – it’s all about maintaining a regime as you age.

“I’ve always remained very physically active,” she said. “You don’t have to accept any limits beyond what your body allows.

“I’ve had hip and knee replacements but can still do an intensive workout. I believe that as you get older your mind can overcome a lot of the failings of your body by maintaining a youthful spirit and a passion for everything life has to offer.

“You can still bring a lot of vigour and determination to your world no matter how creaky your knees may be or how many joints have been replaced.”

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