'I'm ready': Jane Fonda, 84, says she was aware of the time she had left and was 'not afraid of going'
Jane Fonda said in a recent interview, 'When you get to be my age, you better be aware of the amount of time that is behind you'
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Actress Jane Fonda, who has managed to carve a niche for herself in the industry with her activism and fitness, reportedly said that she was aware of the time she had left and she was "not afraid of going."
The 84-year-old two-time Academy Award-winning actress recently sat down for a candid interview with Entertainment Tonight, where she talked about her mortality and her mantra of living life. She expressed her views on the topic while urging other high-profile celebrities to stand up for important causes because she believed she was “not going to be around for much longer.”
"When you get to be my age, you better be aware of the amount of time that is behind you, as opposed to in front of you," she went on to explain in her chat. "I mean, that’s just realistic." She said was "not afraid of going” even if her exit was on the sooner side. "I'm ready. I’ve had a great life," Fonda said.
The 'Fun with Dick and Jane' actress said she was ready but that did not mean she was eager to go. "Not that I want to go, but I’m aware that it’s going to be sooner rather than later," she said. Until then, she plans to maintain her health at its best. “When you’re almost 85, the mantra is ‘slow,’” the veteran actor said while talking about her exercise routine. “Obviously I don’t use the same heaviness of weights that I used to. What’s important is to keep moving, to keep yourself flexible, to keep building strength.”
She said that now she just wanted to celebrate every day of her life with her family and desired to celebrate her 85th birthday in December with a bang. "My family will be there," Fonda said, adding, "My daughter and grandkids will come in from Vermont, and my son and his wife and child live in Los Angeles, and a few friends will come over. We’ll just have a quiet time."
Just months ago, the ageless beauty announced that she had been diagnosed with cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy. “So, my dear friends, I have something personal I want to share. I’ve been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and have started chemo treatments. This is a very treatable cancer. 80% of people survive, so I feel very lucky," the actress wrote on Instagram on September 3.
She also called herself “lucky” to “have health insurance and access to the best doctors and treatment,” acknowledging that she was “privileged” as a celebrity. She has previously been diagnosed with both breast and skin cancer and blamed the latter on her past love of sunbathing.