Jane Fonda has alleged that French director René Clément asked to sleep with her while they were filming his 1964 horror film. House of Joy.
The 85-year-old actor and activist revealed this during a recent appearance on See what happens live with Andy Cohen.
During the show, Cohen asked Fonda to name “a man in Hollywood who tried to pick you up when you refused”. The Oscar winner replied: “French director René Clément.”
She explained: “Well, he wanted to go to bed with me because he said that the character in the movie had to orgasm and he needed to see what my orgasm was like. He spoke in French and I pretended not to understand.”
“I have stories for you, kid, [but] we don’t have time,” Fonda added.
Clément died in 1996 at the age of 82 and is remembered as one of France’s most influential filmmakers, having won five awards at the Cannes Film Festival.
IN Fun house, Fonda plays Melinda, the niece of a wealthy widow (Lola Albright) who has a crush on a petty criminal (Alain Delon). Clément was 51 years old and Fonda was 27 years old at the time of production.
Elsewhere in the episode, Fonda recalls a skinny dip with Michael Jackson.
Fonda is currently starring in Book Club: Next Chapter, upon seeing her, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen and Diane Keaton take their book club to Italy to make up for a girl’s trip they never had. Once there, things quickly unravel, turning their relaxing vacation into a once-in-a-lifetime cross-country adventure.
Book Club: Next Chapter now out in theaters. Read independencerate two stars of the movie here.