Jane Fonda is no stranger to politics, and it would seem she’s about to dive in headfirst all over again. In a conversation with Marilyn Denis held during the Toronto International Film Festival, the actor, activist and L’Oreal Paris ambassador revealed that she’s planning to head to Washington soon and setting up camp for an indeterminate amount of time.
“I’m upending my life and I’m moving to Washington D.C.,” Fonda said when asked what’s next for her. Adding, “I’m not kidding.”
When Denis asked what Fonda intended to do in D.C., the actress coyly responded, “You’ll read about it in the paper… You’ll see what I’m doing.” Fonda currently lives in Los Angeles with her dog Tulea, whom she admitted she’ll have to leave behind when she moves.
“She’s 15 and she has a difficult heart,” Jane explained.
It’s no secret that the biggest thing happening in the U.S. capitol in the next year or so is the 2020 presidential election which will likely see the face-off of incumbent president Donald Trump and one of the 10 true contenders currently vying for the Democratic nomination. Being a blue-bleeding Democrat, it’s likely Jane’s move to D.C. has something to do with the prospects heading into the election.
Last November, during the U.S. midterm elections, Jane was involved with the non-profit, nonpartisan organization When We All Vote, which encourages Americans of all stripes to pledge to vote on election day. Many celebrities over the past year, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chelsea Handler and Debra Messing, have committed their efforts to getting people of voting age (especially young people) registered and excited about voting for 2020.
And young people are a group Fonda is particularly interested in, especially when it comes to leadership. She told Marilyn that it’s the young activists like Greta Thunberg and the Parkland Teens who remind her, “I’m not doing enough” and encourage her to keep fighting for the changes that still need to be made, particularly in regards to climate change.
“They’re so articulate; they’re fighting to have a future,” she said. “They’re angry because we old people have robbed them of a future so right now we have to listen to the young people and follow their lead. The lead of them and the lead of Indigenous people.”
During the talk, Fonda also addressed Canadian politics—particularly timely, considering it was on the same day Justin Trudeau called a federal election. At the close of the talk, Fonda appealed to the Canadian audience to hold Canadian politicians accountable for the environment and treatment of Indigenous populations.
“Force Trudeau to stop it with the pipelines—get him to stick with what he said at the Paris Climate Summit,” she appealed. “Get him to be a true environmentalist. Get him to support Indigenous people here. Force him to live up to his words.
“Otherwise we should never trust a cute liberal again!” she finished.
We’ll be eagerly watching “the papers” for what Fonda is up to next.
You can also catch another Marilyn-Jane conversation September 13 on The Marilyn Denis Show.