Jane Fonda has said her passion for activism had an impact on her family life.
Jane – who has kids Mary, 55, Vanessa, 54, and Troy, 49 – said she was often pulled away from parenting because of her duties.
Mary was adopted by Fonda and Tom Hayden. Vanessa’s father is Barbarella director Roger Vadim. And Troy is Jane’s son with Tom.
‘I think about motherhood every day. It’s the one main thing about my past that I think about almost every day,’ the Barefoot In The Park star said.
‘And I’ll tell you one of the things that’s keying it off is watching my son. They just had their first child. And when I watch my son and his wife Simone parent, I’m awestruck,’ she noted.
‘It puts into such stark relief for me, what I didn’t do. I don’t think I’ve said this to him, so I feel a little weird, but anyway, that’s the reality,’ added the Grace And Frankie star.
Jane said she was ‘too wrapped up’ in her activism during her younger years.
‘Watching my son be a parent, I think, “God I just wish I had done that.” And then I realize, if I had done that I would not have become who I became.’
She told People this week she hopes to become an ‘example’ for young people.
The Hollywood star will celebrate her 85th birthday on December 21, and Jane has urged young people to not fear getting older.
‘I’ve lived a good life. I’ve lived a productive and intentional life. And I knew I couldn’t make it any longer than it was going to be, but I could make it wider and deeper. And I’ve done that. I feel like I’m doing that,’ she said.
‘I hope that I can be an example to young people so they won’t be afraid of getting older.’
Jane is well-known for her environmental activism, and she’s determined to do everything she can to help halt climate change.
She explained: ‘It’s going to be rough for young people, and I just want my kids to know and my grandkids to know that I did my best.’