Jane Fonda's newest film, "Peace, Love & Misunderstanding" comes with a title that sounds custom-built for the veteran actress, who has won two Oscars but also been a controversy magnet throughout her career. But at 74, Fonda is still willing to learn new things -- and as she told TODAY's Ann Curry Wednesday, for this film, she discovered how to be a hippie.
"People think that's what I was, but I never was a hippie," she said. Co-star Catherine Keener gave Fonda some tips on how to play her stuck-in-the-60s character, including showing her Jimi Hendrix's classic "Star-Spangled Banner" performance at Woodstock (apparently Fonda's character gave birth to Keener's character at the festival). Once she saw that clip, Fonda understood her character much better: "No wonder (my character's) water broke!"
The movie aside, there's one more thing Fonda says she's learning in her 70s: How to be glamorous. She recently wowed the crowds at Cannes, even earning high marks from the tough ladies on E!'s "Fashion Police." She says the change in perception is "funny."
"When I was supposed to be glamorous, I wasn't," said Fonda. "I'm old enough now so I can say, 'Isn't that interesting, the old broad fooled them again another year.' Why not? It gives women hope to know that you can be older and still have a robust, love-filled, interesting, sexy life."
And the key to that success? Simple, said Fonda: "Attitude."
"Peace, Love & Misunderstanding" opens in limited release on June 8.
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