Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jane Fonda Hits Netflix with 'Grace and Frankie'

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jane Fonda Hits Netflix with 'Grace and Frankie'

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Jane Fonda hits Netflix with 'Grace and Frankie'


TORONTO - Sorry, "Nine to Five" fans, but Dolly Parton will never be on "Grace and Frankie."

So says Jane Fonda, who reunites with another "Nine to Five" co-star, Lily Tomlin, for the new Netflix series debuting Friday.

The screen legend notes she's been frequently asked about Parton as she's fielded interviews about her latest project, an odd-couple comedy about two women sent reeling when their respective husbands announce they are gay and plan to marry.

Fonda says the trio have stayed close since filming their 1980 workplace comedy feature. But they're not interested in revisiting it.

"This is very different than 'Nine to Five' and we have to create and establish our own identity as a different style and different show," Fonda says during a recent phone interview from New York.

"So no (she won't be on). We love Dolly to pieces, but no."

Fonda stars as the uptight Grace, whose lawyer husband Robert, played by Martin Sheen, leaves her for his law partner Sol, played by Sam Waterston. Tomlin plays Sol's peyote-taking hippie wife Frankie, who rubs Grace the wrong way.

The Canadian Press reached the 77-year-old Fonda by phone this week:

CP: So nice to see you and Lily Tomlin together again on screen.

Fonda: I love working with her. We've remained friends over the intervening 34 years since "Nine to Five" and I don't know, we get along really well and I think we have really good energy together.

CP: Tell me about Grace. She seems so fastidious, how could she not know her husband was gay?

Fonda: Grace is a woman who takes so much of her identity from externals -- "I'm married to Robert, we belong to the right clubs, I wear the right clothes, I'm skinny" -- all these superficial things. She kind of lives in this little box. The only breakout thing she did was start this quite successful beauty product business and she is a good businesswoman. But now she doesn't even have that, so she's in this little tight box and if Robert stayed with her for the rest of her life, she would die in a little tight box. Probably even more brittle and judgmental as time went on. …

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