With new film, Fonda feel­ing her best

Ac­tress liked that story stresses ‘the im­por­tance of women’s friend­ships’

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THES­TAR.COM/MOVIES At 80, Jane Fonda feels like she’s in her prime.

“I feel I’m my best self right now,” the two-time Os­car-win­ning ac­tress, ac­tivist, author, for­mer model and fit­ness guru said in a re­cent phone in­ter­view. “I think all the work and the in­ten­tion­al­ity has paid off. The French have an ex­pres­sion: ‘Je suis bien dans ma peau’ — ‘I am good in my skin.’”

Such is also the out­look of her char­ac­ter in her new film Book Club, which hits the­atres Fri­day.

Fonda plays a ho­tel mogul whose con­fi­dence and sex­ual prow­ess shine through in her “I don’t need any­one” at­ti­tude, and her leather cloth­ing and thigh-high boots. Her dis­in­ter­est in a long-term life part­ner changes, how­ever, when she starts to fall for a for­mer lover, played by Don Johnson.

Help­ing her through her cri­sis of the heart are her long­time friends, played by Diane Keaton, Candice Ber­gen, and Mary Steen­bur­gen. As they each read Fifty Shades of Grey as part of their monthly book club, they also en­counter per­sonal and re­la­tion­ship is­sues that force them out of their com­fort zones.

Fonda liked that the story high­lights “the im­por­tance of women’s friend­ships.”

“See­ing women loving each other and hav­ing each other’s backs, I think it’s very im­por­tant. Too of­ten that’s not what we see,” she said. RE­VIEW WWW.THES­TAR.COM

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Jane Fonda plays a ho­tel mogul with an “I don't need any­one” at­ti­tude in the new movie Book Club.

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