“Our Souls at Night” stars Jane Fonda and Robert Redford were in disbelief over questions asked by Megyn Kelly on Wednesday.
Kelly, 46, asked Fonda, 79, about her plastic surgery history, a proposal which clearly irked the legendary actress. “You, you’ve been an example to everyone, on how to age beautifully and with strength. And unapologetically,” Kelly led in.
“You admit you had work done. I think it’s to your credit. You look amazing,” she said, continuing to draw out the question. “Have you… why did you say… I read you felt you’re not proud to admit you had work done, why not?”
Fonda’s response set the tone for an awkward interview: “We really want to talk about that now?”
“Well, one of the things people think about when they look at you, is how amazing you look,” Kelly argued. The two-time Oscar-winning actress offered a cold, but composed answer. “Thanks. Good attitude. Good posture. Take care of myself,” she told Kelly.
Fonda glanced over at her co-star Redford with a look of disbelief, before telling Kelly, “Let me tell you why I love this movie that we did, ‘Our Souls at Night’, rather than plastic surgery.” Redford quipped, “Back to that, huh?”
The two stars opted to do their own interview instead of waiting for Kelly’s questions. “You kind of have a choice in life, when you get to be close to 80, or even before then, what you want to do with your life,” Fonda explained. “And my character, Addie, in this movie, she knows there’s a lot more time behind her than in front.”
“She doesn’t want to go down lonely and scared,” the actress added. “She’s been a widow, living in this house by herself. And she’s lonely and scared. And she’s a shy person, who is not someone who would normally do this. But she girds her loins and decides…”
Redford chimed in, “That’s where I come in. You need to be girded.” The actor has worked with Fonda on films like “Barefoot in the Park” and “The Chase” and he had nothing but praise for the actress. “One of the things I like about Jane that’s manifest[ed] in this film, is she is a force,” said Redford. “As long as I’ve known Jane, she always has been moving forward. And doesn’t look back.”
This is not the first time Kelly’s interviews have soured a guest. “Will & Grace” star Debra Messing recently said she regretted going on the “Today” show with Kelly.