Jane Fonda’s still got it.
At 85 years old, the “Barbarella” beauty has a new movie out (“80 for Brady,” co-starring Sally Field, Lily Tomlin and Rita Moreno), is moving full steam ahead with her Fire Drill Fridays — and, after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in September, recently announced her cancer is in remission.
“I won,” Fonda quipped of the latter point at the launch of H&M Williamsburg’s Move Studio in New York Wednesday night, to cheers from the crowd.
Last year, the “Book Club” actress was named the face of the H&M Move campaign — a fitting gig considering her famous “Jane Fonda’s Workout” franchise, although during her Q&A, she admitted she wasn’t always big into breaking a sweat.
“I didn’t know that it was important to do ’til I was in my 30s. I had a ‘constant period’ all during school so that I couldn’t do gym — anything to get out of gym,” Fonda told press at the event.
“It wasn’t until my late 30s [or] early 40s that I started to actually become active … [and] life before I was active, it wasn’t nearly as good as when I started to move.”
In addition to noticing the “shape of [her] body” was changing when she began working out, Fonda also felt her mood lift.
“I come from a long line of really depressed people, and the best way to fight depression is to keep moving,” she said.
While the Oscar-winning octogenarian’s no longer trying to keep up with intense workouts — like the one fellow H&M Move campaign star (and Beyoncé’s go-to choreographer) JaQuel Knight led before she hit the stage — Fonda says she “[thanks] God every day” that she’s been exercising for decades.
“You’ve got to stay strong,” she said. “I have a grandson who’s 3 years old, and I can still pick him up. I mean, I have to bend my knees and, you know, it takes a long time to get him up there, but I can still pick him up. You want to be able to carry your own bags.”
Added Fonda, “You have to be able to, you know, make love. I don’t remember much [about that], but do I remember you need flexibility!”