Jane Fonda, 80, explains why she's not proud of getting plastic surgery

Jane Fonda is opening up about her plastic surgery regret. 

In Jane Fonda In Five Acts, a new HBO documentary about her life, the 80-year-old Hollywood legend says she can’t take all the credit for her youthful good looks. 

“I’m glad I look good for my age, but I’ve had plastic surgery,” she said. “I’m not going to lie about that.” 

The Oscar-winner and activist admitted that she sometimes wishes she had chosen to age like her contemporaries. 

Jane Fonda at the premiere of “Jane Fonda In Five Acts” (Getty Images)

“On one level, I hate the fact that I’ve had the need to alter myself physically to feel that I’m OK,” she explained in the documentary. “I wish I wasn’t like that. I love older faces. I love lived-in faces. I loved Vanessa Redgrave’s face.” 

“I wish I was braver,” Fonda continued. “But I am what I am.”

The “Grace & Frankie” star has said that she grew up believing that looks, particularly a woman’s looks, were her only form of currency. 

In 2011, Fonda told Harper’s Bazaar that she was “vain” and said, “I was taught by my father that how I looked was all that mattered, frankly. He was a good man, and I was mad for him, but he sent messages to me that fathers should not send: Unless you look perfect, you’re not going to be loved.”

Fonda has spoken publicly about her plastic surgery in the past, particularly about women using surgery for unhealthy reasons.

In a 2015 interview with The Guardian, the actress said she believes women’s tendencies to go too far with surgeries are a consequence of early-life trauma.

“The danger with surgery is you say: ‘Oh this is good, let me do more. It can be an addiction. Thirty per cent of women were sexually abused when they were young. And a woman who has been sexually abused will have a tendency to go too far. When you’re young it can be this” – she said miming self harm  – “and when you’re older it can be plastic surgery. When I see a woman who’s made her face a mask I say: ‘I bet, I bet.’”

Despite her plastic surgery regrets, Fonda is still one of Hollywood’s most sought after talents and proof that age, truly is just a number. 

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