Jane Fonda feeling happier than ever at 78

Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda

JANE Fonda feels "happier" now than when she was younger.

The 78-year-old star says she is much more content with her life now as she was "cynical, hopeless and drifting through life" at the age of 20.

She told AARP magazine: "At 20, I was so old - I was cynical, hopeless, drifting through life. Same at 30. I didn't know what I wanted to do. I didn't know who I was ...

"If you'd told me when I was 20 or 30 that I'd be happier at 70, I would have said to you, 'You're out of your mind.'"

Meanwhile, the 'Barbarella' actress previously admitted she wouldn't want to "be young again".

She said: "You could not pay me to be young again. I don't care how much money I was offered, I wouldn't do it. I didn't

like being young at all. I actually felt I started to get old at seven. By the time I was 20, I hated how old I was then. At 30, I was ancient, I saw no future for myself.

"At 49, I said, 'I'm going down a dark hole, I can't be creative any more,' and I quit acting for almost 16 years. I was just so old ... Then, after I turned 60, I began to understand who I was, and I became young again. Now I'm in sight of my 80th birthday and feeling pretty good about life!"

However, Jane admits she has had "a little help" with her wrinkles.

She added: "It's good genes and a lot of money. I've given myself a little help. But I don't want to be one of those people who do too much and you look at them and think, "Hmmm, somewhere in there is someone I think I know..." I think I still look like me, you know?"

Topics:  aging entertainment

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