Jane Fonda says she shares this heartbreaking trait with Marilyn Monroe
Jane fonda was in drama school with Marilyn Monroe. Both studied at the Actors Studio under the supervision of Lee Strasberg. Fonda remembers Monroe in class, as well as her relationship with the movie the star’s difficulties in his personal life and career.
Fonda was the guest of The Howard Stern Show September 9. Stern asked Fonda about his friendship with Monroe. So, Fonda shared the emotional difficulties that afflicted them both.
Jane Fonda never felt beautiful
Fonda confessed that she grew up feeling unattractive. However, this was not about his actual appearance. On the contrary, her environment and the people in her life have contributed to low self-esteem.
“Here’s the thing,” Fonda told Stern. “It doesn’t matter what you look like or anything like that. If when you were young you were made to feel not good enough – if you were made to feel not pretty, not smart, if you were made to feel fat, if you were made to feel unkind – then whatever the objective reality is is that you will grow up feeling that it is true.
Marilyn Monroe had the same insecurity as Jane Fonda
Fonda could tell that Monroe had the same doubts, even though they were both movie stars when they first met. Fonda said they have linked their struggles.
Do you know who else hasn’t? Marilyn Monroe. She recognized it in me. She was extremely insecure, much more than me [but] she didn’t have my resilience, unfortunately. I knew who she was. She was very, very famous. She sat down next to me. And, she would shake a little. She was so nervous that she never did a scene in class. She never did, she was too scared. I was just mesmerized by the dichotomy between who she was and her beauty and the fact that she was too scared to make a scene. It’s ‘today is the day they’ll find out I’m a crook’ [imposter] syndrome.
Jane Fonda, The Howard Stern Show, 09/09/2020
Actors Studio comforted Marilyn Monroe
Monroe’s life tragically ended in 1962 at the age of 36. Fonda recalled that Monroe had had some comfort at least during her time at Actors Studio.
“The teacher was Lee Strasberg and I don’t know what he told her,” Fonda said. “He was very nice to her. She was extremely nice to her and she loved her very much. I think that was probably the happiest and safest she felt during that time she was with the Actors Studio and Lee and Paula Strasberg.
Jane Fonda was also an ally of Marilyn Monroe
Monroe could also find support from her fellow actor. Fonda experienced a similar kind of industrial machine.
“I think she’s always been drawn to vulnerability,” Fonda said. “It was a young girl. She would leave a party to go talk to young children, for example. Often, if we were in the same situation, she would come and talk to me. There was a party at Lee Strassburg and she arrived late. When she entered I noticed that there were some men who started to hyperventilate and shake. She walked straight up to me and started talking to me. I knew it was because she felt a kinship and felt safe with me. I was very touched by this.
No amount of cinematic glamor or audience admiration could undo the psychological issues steeped in youth.
“All of this to say that objective reality is not what matters,” Fonda said. “This is how you were made to feel when you were very young. Most of us go through childhood and we get these kinds of scars, these wounds that can stay with you unless you work very willingly and intensely to heal them.