Jane Fonda, a Hollywood icon, felt she wasn’t “pretty enough” to be an actor. The 85-year-old actress, who has previously spoken about her eating disorder difficulties, admitted she was “pretty lost” in her younger years and encouraged today’s youth to “keep going” because life will “get better” as they get older.

“Being young is really hard. Don’t let anyone kid you. I wish when I was younger, someone had said to me, ‘Don’t give up. Keep going. It’ll get better’. Young me did not want to be an actor. I didn’t think I had talent. I didn’t think I was pretty enough. I had a lot of body dysmorphia. I was pretty lost as a young person,” she told the new issue of People magazine, reports aceshowbiz.com.

The ‘Book Club: The Next Chapter’ star is “amazed” she’s still working and believes a lot of her happiness stems from the fact that many of her questions about life, when she was younger have now been answered.

Jane Fonda said: “Who am I? What am I supposed to do in life? All of that has been answered. I don’t take anything for granted, and I’m just amazed that at my age I’m still working and have a lot of energy. It’s all a surprise to me.”

Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda

Fonda’s self-titled workout film, which sold 17 million copies, caused a fitness frenzy in 1982, and she’s happy to have inspired so many people.

Jane Fonda said: “So many women said to me, ‘My whole attitude about myself changed’. That meant the world to me.”