9:00am PT by Chris Gardner
Rambling Reporter Gets Random With ... Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin
"We still don't know what our status us, but we know we're doing pretty good."
That's how Lily Tomlin describes the state of the Netflix dramedy Grace and Frankie, in which she stars opposite Jane Fonda in a show that tracks the journey of two frenemies forced to deal with life on their own after their respective husbands leave them for one another.
Of course, the uncertainty is Tomlin referring to ratings (Netflix doesn't release streaming numbers), but the "pretty good" part is because their show has already been picked up for a third season. Well, that and good reviews and awards buzz (Tomlin received an Emmy and Golden Globe nomination for her part as Frankie.)
"Pretty good" isn't good enough to apply to Tomlin and Fonda's friendship, though. The two are pretty perfect together, especially in interviews, playing off one another like a comedy team that's been at it for years. Speaking of experience, while on a break from filming on a Paramount Pictures-based soundstage, the two tell The Hollywood Reporter just how much longer they are interested in being the stars of a series.
"It would be fun to take us into wheelchairs," Fonda laughs. "I'm 78 years old now, I would say at least until I'm 85."
"So cool," answers Tomlin, 76, to her co-star's projection. "I don't have any finish date. If it stays really fun like this, yeah, I'll keep wanting to do it."
Also cool is that they were up to answer a few rapid round questions for a Rambling Reporter questionnaire ...
Last night I …
Jane: Watched the last episode of Roots.
The show I can't wait to binge watch is …
Lily: House of Cards.
The role I most wish I had played is …
Lily: Hedda Gabler. I just made that up.
If I had to switch careers tomorrow, I would be …
Jane: A landscape architect.
Lily: A waitress.
The question I wish people would stop asking me is …
Jane: What's it like to work with Lily Tomlin?
Lily: What is Dolly Parton really like?
The best vacation I've ever taken was to …
Jane: The Great Barrier Reef [in Queensland, Australia].
Lily: My best vacation has always been to Greece.
The last time I cried was …
Jane: Last night when we shot a scene where the two of us made up from an argument.
Lily: She did. I cried in that same scene watching her cry.
Jane: I cry because of you.
The last phone call I returned was to ...