That’s how potential 2013 Primetime Emmy nominee Jane Fonda described Leona Lansing, her character in The Newsroom, during a recent Google+ hangout with Gold Derby head prognosticator Tom O’Neil:
“By that, what I mean is – That I am a ferocious businesswoman who looks very, very closely and primarily at the bottom line. But I’m not ruthless. I don’t try to hurt people by telling “not truths.” I think Ted Turner is that way.”
“And that’s why I say Rupert Murdoch, in the sense that she is ruthless in defending her company and in watching the bottom line. But she doesn’t want to tell lies. And that’s Ted Turner.”
The Newsroom is Fonda’s first TV series. Her very first scene involved five pages of dialogue, but she surprised show creator Aaron Sorkin and her co-stars that first day of rehearsal when she arrived with the extensive dialogue already perfectly memorized. 2013 Primetime Emmy nominations will be announced July 18.