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  • offered this part in [Netflix
    Original series] Grace and Frankie and thought, “It’s happened. We’re giving a face to aging women.” People think of age as an arch: you’re born, you reach midlife,
    then you decline into decrepitude. But instead of being an arch, aging can be a stairway leading upward, where the older you get, the more you can evolve and become an authentic person.
    Bl: I love that. Do you have any regrets in your life?
    Jf:
    I regret that I wasn’t a better parent. I didn’t know how to do it. But you can learn, so I studied how to be a parent. It’s never too late. I am trying to make up for what I didn’t know before. When I die, I want my family to be around me. I want them to love me and I have to

    “People think of Age as an Arch: you’re born,
    you reach midlife, you decline. But it can be a stairway leading Up

    earn that. I’m still working at it.
    Bl: What do you think about how female sexuality is portrayed on screen now?
    Jf:
    I think it is terrifying being a
    young actress now. You have to get naked so much. There is even more emphasis on how you look.
    Bl: Female sexuality was confusing for me. I went to auditions where they wanted a sassy, smart, sexy girl. I would arrive in sneakers and they’d say, “Come back in a mini- skirt and heels.” I would come back and blow the audition. I felt more in my body when I wasn’t dressing as a fantasy for the male gaze.
    Jf:
    If you look at Bette Davis,
    Barbara Stanwyck and Mae West,
    they were sexy and strong but they didn’t necessarily expose anything. They were adored for it.
    Bl: The first time I got a spread in
    a fashion magazine there was a
    one-off piece of clothing from the runway. I asked, “Can you only be
    in magazines if you’re the size of
    this one piece?” There was this
    silence. Men get custom suits or
    shirts made to fit, but as women, if
    you don’t fit into that sample you
    bump up against an aspect of your

    Dress by Valentino; earrings by Sophie Buhai

                
    Credits

    Words: Emma Sells. Fashion: Jessica Steuart. Photograph: Bruce Anderson

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