Jane Fonda speaks out on protesting, plastic surgery and being 'stronger than all the men that I’ve been married to'

“Oh yeah, whenever I’ve been with men who are not strong I’ve had a really hard time,” said Fonda. “I’m now five years older than my dad was when he died and I’ve realized that I am, in fact, stronger than he was. I’m stronger than all the men that I’ve been married to.”

“I always wanted to date someone who was the opposite of my father,” Fonda told the newspaper. “I didn’t realize that, in the ways that really mattered, I picked men who were just like him because they all had a hard time with intimacy.”

Her father’s fixation on female perfection influenced Fonda greatly. She’s been open about her multi-decade struggle with bulimia, which she finally kicked in her 40s. And these days, she’s candid about having undergone procedures like facelifts and breast augmentations.

“Oh yeah, plastic surgery, that’s interesting. Well, no matter what I do, I’m stuck with this [idea]: if you don’t look right, you’re not going to be loved. So I always wanted to try to look right. I think when you’re poor you cut yourself, and when you’re rich you have plastic surgery,” she said.

But when it comes to pleasing a man these days, Fonda says she’s all set with dating.

“[That part of my life] is gone. I can tell. It’s just over — I’ve closed up shop. I’m extremely happy on my own,” she said.

“Last year, I was going insane, I was so depressed, knowing things were falling apart and I wasn’t doing enough,” she said. “Once I decided what to do, all that dropped away.”

But long before Fire Drill Friday, Fonda was protesting the war in Vietnam, earning her the moniker “Hanoi Jane.” There is one moment , however, that she looks back on with disgust from those days: posing for pictures, in 1972, while sitting behind a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun as if she were about to shoot down U.S. planes.

“I want to throw up. I understand why that girl … why that happened,” she said. “But it just sickens me, the whole thing. But do I regret going? No, never. It was the most life-altering experience I could ever, ever have.”

“I don’t know why this is true, but I am very rarely afraid. I’ve been in all kinds of situations: I’ve been shot at, I’ve had bombs dropped on me; but I tend not to be afraid. Maybe emotional intimacy scares me. That’s where my fear lives,” she said.

But despite the years of emotional instability, Fonda has a more positive attitude these days. She credits that to her ability to always laugh at herself.

“Well, there’s a lot to laugh at!” said Fonda. “If I didn’t laugh at myself I’d be crying.”