Though actress and activist Jane Fonda unequivocally believes Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton "will be president," she also says there will be violence if the former secretary of state is elected in November.
Speaking at the Tribeca Film Festival in lower Manhattan, hours before Thursday night's Democratic debate between Clinton and rival Bernie Sanders in Brooklyn, Fonda, the star of Netflix comedy series "Frankie and Grace," said Clinton has what it takes to "hit the ground running."
"I think that deep down, people feel [Clinton] can hit the ground running, even if she may not be the perfect candidate for a lot of people," she said. "She's had the experience. The world right now is so complicated — she has the background to deal with all the complications."
However, Fonda also predicted violence if Clinton secures the Democratic nomination and goes on to beat the Republican presidential nominee in the general election. The main reason for that vehemence, the actress says, will be the fact that she is a woman.
"Every time women move forward, there is going to be problems," Fonda insisted. "So one of the things we have to do is help men understand why they are so threatened, and change the way we view masculinity. We have a toxic masculinity and that’s what needs to be addressed."
In addition to discussing politics, Fonda and her Netflix co-star comedian Lily Tomlin talked about the second season of "Frankie and Grace." During a discussion moderated by CBS This Morning anchor Gayle King, Fonda disclosed that she considered quitting her career in acting over fears that she wasn't as funny as Tomlin.
Fonda took a lengthy break from acting in the 90s, shortly after marrying media mogul Ted Turner. She later made a comeback when she starred in 2005's "Monster In Law" alongside actress and singer Jennifer Lopez.
"Painters have canvases and paintbrushes, and we have this," Fonda said, motioning to her body. "We have ourselves. If we’re screwed up for various reasons, if we hate ourselves, it really hard to act well."
In order to be more comfortable with her performance, Fonda said she hired an acting coach and went to therapy prior to filming the second season of her new show. Tomlin, however, said her co-star's insecurities are "misguided," adding that Fonda is both "funny" and "terrific."
Later in the forum, King pressed Fonda for details on her relationship with record producer Richard Perry.
"It took me 72 years to realize kindness is a good thing to look for [in a partner]," she said. "Nobody ever told me that. I didn’t have that in relationships before. Kindness and forgiveness is a new thing. I think if I met it sooner, I would have fled."
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