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'Older people have sex too,' says ageing icon Jane Fonda (77)

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Published 07/10/2015 | 12:26

Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda has accepted that sex needs to be "planned" at her age.

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The 77-year-old actress is taking on the topic of ageing in new drama Youth, about two old friends, one retired and one still working.

It's caused Jane to consider her own situation, which she admits is a little more complex these days.

"At my age, even sex has to be planned!" she laughed to Germany's Meins magazine. "Men have to take certain pills at the right time - otherwise it's not going to work!"

Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda

Hollywood has long been an industry considered obsessed with youth. It's something the actress is keen to change.

"In a few years, a large number of the population will be made up of older women," she reasoned. "We want to define this age in a new way and use film and TV to tell their stories."

Part of this movement is surely her Netflix show Grace & Frankie, about two women struggling to come to terms with the fact their husbands have come out as gay and started a relationship with each other. It focuses on the lives of older couples, something often neglected in favour of the dramas of youth.

"Just because you've reached a certain age, it doesn't mean you no longer have a sense of sexuality," Jane said. "I'd love to break through this taboo."

LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1990: Actress Jane Fonda poses for a portrait circa 1990 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1990: Actress Jane Fonda poses for a portrait circa 1990 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)

Jane has even written book Prime Time: Love, health, sex, fitness, friendship, spirit - making the most of all of your life, in which she dedicated a whole chapter to sex.

Fans can see her in Youth from 29 October (15) onwards, with Michael Caine and Rachel Weisz also starring.

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 12: Actress Jane Fonda attends the premiere of the Weinstein Company's
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 12: Actress Jane Fonda attends the premiere of the Weinstein Company's "Lee Daniels' The Butler" at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on August 12, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
US actress Jane Fonda poses on May 19, 2013 as she arrives for the screening of the film 'Inside Llewyn Davis' presented in Competition at the 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes. Cannes, one of the world's top film festivals, opened on May 15 and will climax on May 26 with awards selected by a jury headed this year by Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg.
US actress Jane Fonda poses on May 19, 2013 as she arrives for the screening of the film 'Inside Llewyn Davis' presented in Competition at the 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes. Cannes, one of the world's top film festivals, opened on May 15 and will climax on May 26 with awards selected by a jury headed this year by Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg.
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Actress Jane Fonda arrives at the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Sunset Tower on February 24, 2013 in West Hollywood, California.

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