She declared herself done with dating earlier this year, and now Jane Fonda, 80, has dished out a sex confession of her own at the premiere of her new film Book Club — which sees her and fellow actresses Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen experience a sexual awakening after their book club reads Fifty Shades of Grey.
Speaking to news.com.au, the actress, 80, said intimacy improves for women as they get older – due mainly to men finally having to slow down.
Jane, who split from long-term partner Richard Perry last year, said it all came down to women knowing what they want and having the confidence to ask for it.
“We know what we need and we know what we like and we’re less afraid to ask for it,” she added. “Also, what’s good is that men tend to slow down a little more as they get older. Slow is the operative word, finally they get it… or they’re forced to get it.”
The two-time Academy Award winner also told The Daily Telegraph on Sunday that age should not slow a busy sex life.
“I certainly don’t want anybody to feel guilty if they’ve closed up shop. Nor should you feel, though, that just because you are of a certain age you have to stop being juicy,” she said.
It comes after the star declared herself done with dating earlier this year. In May, she was asked by Extra about her dating status. “I’m not dating anymore but I did up until a couple of years ago,” she said at the time. “I’m 80… I’ve closed up shop down there!”
Jane’s last relationship with music producer Perry, 75, ended in January 2017. The actress was previously married to CNN founder Ted Turner for 10 years, until 2001. Fonda also married politician Tom Hayden in 1973, one year after divorcing film director Roger Vadim, who cast her in the classic sci-fi film Barbarella.
Her children are Vanessa Vadim (from her first marriage), Troy Garity (with her second husband) and Mary Luana Williams (who was unofficially adopted).
Book Club tells the story of four close friends whose lives are turned upside down after reading 50 Shades of Grey in their monthly book club.
Diane (Diane Keaton) is recently widowed after 40 years of marriage, Vivian (Jane Fonda) enjoys her men with no strings attached, Sharon (Candice Bergen) is still working through her decades-old divorce, and Carol’s (Mary Steenburgen) marriage is in a slump after 35 years.