Jane Fonda Opens Up About Comedy and Mental Health

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One of those weightier moments occurred when Fonda revealed that playing her Grace and Frankie character, the Waspy, no-nonsense Grace Hanson, has been not only a landmark experience in her career for the show's groundbreaking representation of older women onscreen, but an emotional roller coaster as well. "It took me a season to come to care for my character," she revealed before adding, "I had to go back into therapy and start Prozac.

I had a nervous breakdown during the first season and I discovered it's because the very first episode our husbands tell us that they are going to leave us after 40 years and marry each other and that triggered abandonment," Fonda revealed, while becoming increasingly choked up. "It was a big trigger, and I didn't realize that a character in a comedy could actually trigger something very profound," she admitted. "And so I love her and I learned to invite her into the room.

The series follows Fonda and Lily Tomlin as an odd-couple pairing as they deal with the dissolution of their marriages and eventually grow to like each other enough to start a business selling sex products for older women. "[Our] culture doesn't like people with wrinkles to be talking about sex.

And Fonda knows that she shares some parallels between her real life and that of her fictional character's—they both have had their relationship ups and downs, and they both love a good vodka cocktail—but she wants the comparisons to stop right there. "I don't really want to have to be anything like her," she told The Hollywood Reporter. "We have too much in common as it is.

Fonda admitted that playing Grace eventually caused her to have a "nervous breakdown" when she was filming the first season. "It took me a long time to figure out [my relationship to this character].

Whether she's getting real about dating and sexuality, politics and activism, or plastic surgery, Jane Fonda has no issues speaking up about the more "taboo" topics discussed by older women.

Before the documentary premiered on HBO, the actress told People that her mother's death had a profound impact on her for the rest of her life. “If you have a parent who is not capable of showing up, not capable of reflecting you back through eyes of love, it has a big impact on your sense of self,” she said. "As a child, you always think it was your fault…because the child can’t blame the adult, because they depend on the adult for survival.

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