“Love and sex” get better with age, says actress Jane Fonda, 79.
Fonda and Robert Redford, 81, reunited 50 years after their first onscreen romance, Barefoot in the Park, for the premiere of Our Souls at Night at the Venice Film Festival on Friday. The new film, which will debut on Netflix in September, focuses on a widow and widower (Fonda and Redford) who live next door to each other and fall into an unexpected romantic relationship.
“In Barefoot in the Park, I couldn’t keep my hands off of him,” Fonda said Friday of why she wanted to make the film with Redford (via THR). “I was constantly forcing myself on him. In Our Souls at Night, the dynamic of my character to his character was somewhat similar. I just love the fact that these films bookend our careers. We played that young love just getting married and now we play old people love and old people sex. Although, In my opinion, Ritesh [Batra, the director] cut the sex scene too soon.”
While Fonda joked that Redford doesn’t like sex scenes, the Oscar-winning actress embraces them. “I live for sex scenes! He’s a great kisser. It was fun to kiss him in my 20s and then to kiss him again in my almost 80s,” she said of Redford.
As for sex getting better with age, Fonda added, “First of all, we’re braver. What do you have to lose? So my skin sags… so does his. You know your body better, so you’re not afraid to ask for what you need. I think on a love and sex level, it just gets better.”
Our Souls at Night premieres Sept. 29.