Fonda said that women always form support systems with their friends and are more vulnerable with each other when compared to friendships shared by men.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on January 17, 2023. It has since been updated.
Friendships are important relationships for anyone. Friends are someone who always stands by you through thick and thin. However, Jane Fonda believes that there is a difference between men's and women's friendships and she does make some valid points. "Women's friendships are very different from men's friendships. And they're very important to our health. Because you guys, you kind of sit side by side and watch sports or cars or women," she said, reported CBS News. Women sit facing each other eye to eye, and they say, 'I'm in trouble. I need you. Can you help me?' We are not afraid of being vulnerable."
Fonda goes on talk about what her "favorite husband Ted Turner said to her." "You don't make new friends after 60." However, she thinks that he is really wrong. She continues, "That what you have to do is you have to be intentional. Like, I never used to be intentional. I would meet Sally Field, for example, but not pursue - well I did pursue you." Sally Field was sitting next to her during the interview and she immediately responded, "Oh, goodness sake. I couldn't make you stop." Fonda in her defense says, "See because she tends to be reclusive."
I wish Jane Fonda would ceaselessly pursue me as a friend!— Benjamin Ryan (@benryanwriter) January 15, 2023
The actor concludes, "You have to pursue people that you want to be friends with. And you have to say, 'I'm intentionally wanting to be your friend.' And it works. People hear that and then stick around, and you develop new friendships." Lily Tomlin who was also part of the interview says, "I don't really like people that much. I try to avoid them." Field also resonated with her views and added, "I don't either." Both the actors jokingly say, "But those who are intentional, you just can't get rid of them."
The video was posted on Twitter by a user @WUTangKids and has more than 1.9 million views. It is captioned, " I think Jane Fonda nails it here on friendship differences between men and women." The interview was conducted with the actors by CBS Sunday Morning.
People on the platform loved the fact that the actors were being honest. @sdsmithtweets wrote, "I totally understand Lily Tomlin and Sally Field. I don't like people either. So the good friends I do have had to be sticky and persistent. Lol!" @enreadsthebooks said, "Lily Tomlin being unable to shake off Jane Fonda for decades!" @Sunny_Burl_Daze wrote, "I love all these women and am so glad they're all still here to entertain us." @Joysgirl wrote, "Jane is so right about how women interact with each other and having to be intentional when pursuing new friendships, however, I really relate to Lily and Sally."
However, some didn't completely agree with what Fonda said. @kungpowmario17 wrote, " That’s kind of a generalization against all men. I’m not like that, I don’t watch sports, browse cars, etc." @McHoward21 said, "This is bogus and untrue for the men in my circle. I think society projects that as how men “are” but I think in many circles this is not accurate." The four actors who were part of the interview - Rita Moreno, Sally Field, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin were promoting the film, "80 For Brady." It recently premiered at the 2023 Palm Springs International Film Festival.