Back when Jane Fonda and Robert Redford starred as newlyweds in 1967’s classic romantic comedy Barefoot in the Park, “I couldn’t keep my hands off him,” she admits. “I was constantly forcing myself onto him.” Fifty years later, almost nothing has changed.
In Netflix’s upcoming dramatic feature film Our Souls at Night, Jane plays a widow hoping to seduce her longtime next-door neighbor (Robert), who has also lost his spouse. “I live for sex scenes with Robert — he’s a great kisser,” Jane gushes. “It was fun to kiss him in my 20s and again in my almost-80s.”
Jane, 79, and Robert, 81, also co-starred in 1966’s The Chase and 1979’s The Electric Horseman and, “there’s a love and connection between us,” Robert says. “Things with Jane have always been easy.” In real life, he’s married to Sibylle Szaggars since 2009 while Jane recently split with boyfriend Richard Perry.
Robert and Jane in 1979’s The Electric Horseman.
But both icons agree that romantic love only improves with age. “It just increases,” Robert says. Agrees Jane, “It gets better because we get braver. What the heck do we have to lose? So my skin sags, and so does his. We know what our bodies need better.”
Jane’s been keeping busy with her Emmy-nominated role opposite Lily Tomlin on Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, which has been renewed for a fourth season. “I’m so happy we’re giving a cultural face to older women,” says Jane. “I’ve had three lovers on the show already.” If she’s looking for No. 4, we’ve got a certain Sundance Kid in mind.
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