Jane Fonda, who turned 80 years old on Dec. 21, told People that she “never pictured” turning at age 30.
“I assumed I wouldn’t live very long and that I would die lonely and an addict of some sort,” Fonda told the publication. “I didn’t think if I did live this long, that I would be vibrant and healthy and still working. I’m grateful.”
Fonda was born in 1937 to Henry Fonda and Frances Ford Brokaw. Her mother suffered from mental illness and committed suicide when she was just 12 years old.
Despite suffering a great loss as a child, the actress said there are many things to be grateful for today.
“I’m thankful that I’ve gotten better over the 80 years,” she said. “I’m less judgmental. I’m forgiving. It wasn’t always true. I’ve really worked hard to get better as a human being.”
Recently, Fonda has received praises for her role in Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, which earned Emmy nods in 2016 and 2017. She plays Grace alongside Lily Tomlin’s Frankie.