Jane Fonda has opened up about her difficult past, and revealed that she was a victim of sexual assault and rape.
The 79-year-old reflected on her history of being abused as a woman, and used her personal experiences to make a powerful statement about feminism.
The fitness guru sat down with Brie Larson for an interview in The Edit, and discussed being a survivor of sexual abuse.
"To show you the extent to which a patriarchy takes a toll on females; I've been raped, I've been sexually abused as a child and I've been fired because I wouldn't sleep with my boss and I always thought it was my fault; that I didn't do or say the right thing," she told the magazine.
"I know young girls who’ve been raped and didn’t even know it was rape. They think, 'It must have been because I said ‘no’ the wrong way.'”
Her past has played a roll in her decision to become an activist, a decision which she feels has greatly helped her hone her craft.
"I think my acting improved when I became an activist — I see things from a broader perspective."
The veteran actress became an activist in her 30s in opposition to the Vietnam War, and has continued to be vocal about social and political topics for almost 50 years.
The personal revelation was shared as part of a wider discussion about feminism, activism and female empowerment.
Every year Vanity Fair treats us to it's Hollywood issue and calls in the top stars to feature on it's extended front cover.
The issue tends to come out just in time for the Oscars and usually features a number of the nominees for the top awards pictured all together by renowned fashion photographer Annie Liebovitz.
This years issue comes at an awkward time as rumblings of diversity issues are rippling through the film industry and the Academy Awards have vowed to make historic changes to the prestigious awards ceremony to tackle the problems.
In an interesting move, editors decided to features only women on this year's cover and our very own Saoirse Ronan made the cut.
Featured among the likes of relative newcomers Alicia Vikander and Brie Larson, also snapped are cinema stalwarts such as Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda and Helen Mirren.
The main front cover of the issue went to Hollywood darling Jennifer Lawrence alongside Cate Blanchett, Viola Davis and Jane Fonda.
Saorise is up for the award of Best Actress at this years ceremony for her turn in the film, Brooklyn.
Jane Fonda has revealed what her real name is – and we can’t believe she changed it in the first place!
The Monster-In-Law actress told Jimmy Kimmel that she was actually born Lady Jayne Seymour Fonda.
No, not from a royal genealogy – her parent just chose Lady as her first name!
However, the actress revealed she changed it, as well as the spelling of Jayne to Jane, as she was a tomboy and didn’t like her unusual name.
Well, we have to say, if there was ever a celebrity name, Lady was it!
We’re sure she has no regrets as she made it to the top without a fancy name!
Who knew that legendary Hollywood actress Jane Fonda was such a big Ryan Gosling fan – and who can blame her?!
The actress was spotted on the set of her new show Grace And Frankie with a Gosling prop we just have to own, and right away!
Does anybody know how we can get our hands on one of those?!