Oct 12, 2017, 4:20 PM ET

Jane Fonda calls the current political climate a 'nightmare'


Jane Fonda has lived through and been at the forefront of some of the most turbulent times in U.S. history, but she said nothing compares to the current political climate.

"I’m almost 80, and so to say that I’ve never experienced this kind of nightmare before in my life is saying something," Fonda, 79, told the November issue of Town & Country, where she appears on the cover.

PHOTO: Jane Fonda appears on the November 2017 cover of Town & Country.Max Vadukul
Jane Fonda appears on the November 2017 cover of Town & Country.

"I became an activist in 1970 and if I can give any advice, it’s this: We mustn’t normalize this presidency," she said.

Fonda became an outspoken crusader against the Vietnam War, earning the nickname "Hanoi Jane" when she took a controversial trip to North Vietnam. She later apologized for being photographed with North Vietnamese troops on an antiaircraft gun, but some veterans have vowed to never forgive her.

More importantly to the legendary actress, she's learning to forgive herself.

"Perfect? It doesn’t exist. What matters is that you’re whole," said Fonda, who recently reunited onscreen with Robert Redford in the Netflix original "Our Souls at Night."

That doesn't mean she isn't always trying to better herself.

"I’m not afraid of death, but I’m afraid of getting to the end without becoming the best I can be as a person," she told the magazine. "There’s a lot of time behind me and not much time ahead of me. And whatever time is left, I want to do it differently."

PHOTO: Jane Fonda appears on the November 2017 cover of Town & Country.Max Vadukul
Jane Fonda appears on the November 2017 cover of Town & Country.

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  • Rob Mosley

    Jane is a traitor & should go way!

  • Chol H Yoon

    It was a dark day in this country when reality show publicity hog like Trump became President. However, the smug hypocrisy of the left wing (both in Entertainment and Media) was one of the causes, where people like her were actively promoting fringe leftist ideology, trying to marginalize all opposing viewpoints. Elitist like Weinstein and Hanoi Jane can take their whining somewhere else, the rest of us have to actually work for a living with real life concerns.

  • Ivan Ivanovitch

    This is called backlash because of the terrible, dysfunctional political climate YOU condoned, participated in and forced on people who are not "in the club". We spoke. Crawl back into the NVA AA bunker.

  • soffer bellee

    It already was 4,5,6 years ago. You were just on the other side and all was good for the mainstream media's choice.

  • PER

    She's right. The political climate is terrible. The left trying to silence the right at every turn, colleges stifling free speech (unless it conforms to their groupthink), embrace of lawlessness in the streets, endless promotion of a false narrative of police brutality, caring for illegal invaders more than citizens, promoting the wife of an impeached sexual predator as a presidential candidate. Never thought I'd ever see anything like it in my lifetime.

  • Adventure49

    Trump never likes to be outdone, so we need the find the 28 Trump accusers to set this straight. Here is to the Groper and Chief.

  • Nor Renrhaf

    Hanoi Jane advising on what should be normalized.......that's awesome.

  • James Drummonds

    Jane Fonda is an on-going nightmare.