Jane Fonda talks about the power of female friendships and developing new relationships when you’re older

Jan 21, 2023
Jane Fonda say's making friends when your over 60 isn't difficult. Source: Getty

Following news of her cancer remission, acclaimed actress and activist Jane Fonda has taken a moment to reflect on the friendships she’s made as an adult and the importance of actively pursuing the people you want in your life.

In her new interview with CBS Sunday Morning, the 85-year-old Grace and Frankie star recounted how her “favourite ex-husband” Ted Turner told her that people over 60 “don’t make new friends,” but argued that he was “really, really wrong”.

She said that having a solid friend group “is very important to our health” especially if you feel comfortable enough to let your guard down around them. And she’s not wrong, a study published by the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychology, found that feelings of loneliness in seniors increased their risk of dementia by more than 60 per cent.

Fonda pointed out the difference between male and female friends, suggesting that, unlike men, women go the extra mile for one another.

“You guys, you kind of sit side-by-side and watch sports or cars or women,” she said.

“Women sit facing each other, eye-to-eye, and they say, ‘I’m in trouble, I need you, can you help me?’ We’re not afraid of being vulnerable.

“I don’t even know what I would do without my women friends. I mean it’s, ‘I have my friends, therefore I am.'”

Fonda goes on to explain that when you’re older, creating a meaningful friendship with others can be a bit of a struggle, but recommends that the best way to overcome this is by being “intentional”.

“You have to pursue people that you want to be friends with,” she said.

“And you have to say, ‘I’m intentionally wanting to be your friend.’ And it works. People hear that and then they stick around, and you develop new friendships.”

Since her interview, many people have taken to social media to express that they resonate with Fonda’s view of friendships.

Fonda’s latest interview comes ahead of the release of her upcoming comedy film 80 For Brady which she stars alongside longtime pal and fellow actress Lilly Tomlin.

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