Jane Fonda on Her Life, Her Passions, and Her Priorities

April 8, 2015 6:38 PM

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I have had the great pleasure of interviewing legendary actress, author and activist Jane Fonda many times over the years. The first time I met Jane was when I covered the 1992 March for Women's Lives in Washington, DC as a reporter for Us Magazine. It was at that event that I first became aware of how Jane purposefully and strategically uses her fame and influence to draw attention and awareness to important causes, something Jane has been doing in many meaningful ways for decades. At 77, Jane is still active as ever, speaking out through several organizations she co-founded (Women's Media Center and the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential) as well as starring with Lily Tomlin in a new series for Netflix premiering on May 8th called Grace and Frankie. Of the series, which also co-stars Martin Sheen and Sam Waterson, Fonda says, "I'm pretty excited about it. It's is the kind of thing I like a lot - funny and also there are tears."

I recently sat down with the iconic, Academy award-winning actress (and best-selling author of seven books) for a far-ranging conversation for AOL BUILD, in which we talked about a variety of topics, including the need for more women's voices and diversity in Hollywood and the media ("Media creates ...

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