ABC’s Katie Couric welcomes Jane Fonda on her program this afternoon to open up about men, sex, knee replacement surgery, being married to Ted Turner and what it was like to work with Oprah. She also talked about her role in HBO’s beloved and hated drama, “The Newsroom”, where she plays Leona Lansing, CEO of Atlantis World Media, the parent company of ACN.An excerpt:
KC: I love you in The Newsroom.
JF: Oh yes! Oh, it’s this new television show called The Newsroom. Jeff Daniels, Sam Waterson, Emily Mortimer, Aaron Sorkin writes it and I play Rupert Murdoch that’s been marinated in a little Ted Turner for a while.
KC: “Yeah, what— did you learn anything from your marriage to Ted that you’re…
JF: Well, what I’ve learned that helps me with this is to just not be intimidated. You know what I mean? I can own this character who’s not just in charge of a news thing, the news division, you know, it’s three percent of her bottom line. She owns things in China, Canada, all over the world. But, she’s huge!
KC: She’s a mogul.
JF: “She’s a– I am. I like playing a mogul.”