Michelle Pfeiffer is making the rounds on the press circuit in promoting new movie, “The Family”


Michelle Pfeiffer is considered one of Hollywood’s great talents.  With a body of work that spans over 30 years, she has been Hollywood’s sex symbol for just as long gracing People’s Magazine’s most beautiful people several times.  In promotion of her new movie, “The Family” with Robert DeNiro she talks to Ladies Home Journal and explains that she’s glad those days are behind her.

“Having to watch yourself age on a giant movie screen is simply not natural. It can wreak havoc on your psyche,” Pfeiffer, 55, told Ladies Home Journal in its October issue. “Once you get over a certain hump there actually is less pressure [to look a certain way]. You can begin to look great for your age. You don’t have to look young anymore. I’ve moved over to that other side—I’m 55, which is a little too close to 60, but looking great for my age is okay now.”

“My dermatologist said to me once, ‘You know that 10X magnifying mirror that you have in the bathroom? Throw it away’,” she added. “It was the best advice anybody ever gave me. Of course, now my eyes are weaker and I can’t see to put my makeup on without that mirror!”

Another beauty secret, Pfeiffer said, is her vegan diet, which caused her cholesterol to go down 83 points in two months. She also hits the gym five days per week, running and lifting free weights.

“But I haven’t always been healthy,” She admits. “When I was in my 20’s I smoked two packs of cigarettes a day.  I lived on Marlboro Lights and Coca-Cola.”

That was a lifetime ago. When she was in her 40s, Pfeiffer and her writer-producer husband, David E. Kelley, packed up their two children, Claudia Rose, now 20, and John, now 19, and moved from Hollywood to the San Francisco area. The actress also took a break from acting to raise her brood.

“The toughest thing for me has been balancing being a working mom. I learned early on that you can have it all, but you can’t do it all,” she said. “I sacrificed some things in my work to be a better parent—but I also sacrificed some parenting in order to do what I love.”

Scene from the movie, “The Family”

When she’s not acting, Pfeiffer said that she’s happy painting portraits at home. Now that both of her kids are in college, she’s trying to think of new hobbies.

“Besides working a little more, I don’t know what we’ll do. It’s scary, but it’s also exciting to think about,” she said. “Once I get past the shock of having an empty nest, I’m going to be really happy with my newfound freedom.”

Scene from the movie, “The Family”

Scene from the movie, “The Family”

Nine years ago, Pfeiffer took a break from Hollywood. She and her husband, TV writer-producer David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal, Boston Legal) packed up their home and moved with their two children, Claudia Rose and John, to San Francisco.

I started working with Michelle Pfeiffer back in 1996 when I was 22 years old.  After working at her production company, Via Rosa Productions, for several years she dissolved it.  Her reasons were that her heart wasn’t into producing movies.  She wanted to spend more time with her family and kids over having a career.  Her father had instilled a strong work ethic in her and after he passed away she realized she no longer had anything to prove.

“I started putting caveats on everything – like I’ll do a movie only at a certain time of year, or in a certain location – and I negotiated myself out of work,” she tells the magazine.

“If I was going to do something that took me away from my kids, it had to matter.”

“The Family” – Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert DeNiro

Now that both of her kids are in college, Pfeiffer returns to the big screen this month opposite Robert De Niro in The Family a black comedy about a Brooklyn mobster who enters a witness-protection program.

And despite her looks and status as a Hollywood A-lister, the Oscar-nominated actress admits even she feels vulnerable from time to time.

“I still think I’m going to be fired in the first week of every new job I take,” she says. “Always. In fact, before I even start a movie I’ll try to get myself fired or think of a reason I should quit. I guess it’s fear of failure.”

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