Jane Fonda: ‘I am in awe of Tina Fey and Jason Bateman’

Jane Fonda is one of the most celebrated and well-awarded actresses of the past 50 years, but even with seven Oscar nominations and two wins under her belt, she finds herself marveling at the actors she shares screen-time with.

“I wouldn't say it's intimidation,” she told us when we asked her about her “This is Where I Leave You” costars Tina Fey and Jason Bateman. “I would call it awe. I am in awe of Tina, Jason, and Adam [Driver] and Corey [Stoll].” 

“They have a unique gift,” she continued. “It's a gift I don't share. It's a particular kind of comedic improv thing. You either have that gene or you don't. So I'm not intimidated but I was very, very, very impressed.”

We interviewed the 76-year-old movie legend to ask about her versatile background in comedy, why she avoided playing mother roles throughout much of her career, and the movie she would love to remake. She also opened up about her Netflix series “Grace and Frankie” (in which she stars alongside her “Nine to Five” pal Lily Tomlin) and what she learns from watching herself on camera nowadays. 

“This is Where I Leave You” hits theaters September 19.