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Michelle Pfeiffer explains why she became ‘unhirable’ and ‘disappeared’ from Hollywood

March 28, 2017

“I’ve never lost my love for acting. I feel really at home on the movie set. I’m a more balanced person, honestly, when I’m working,” Michelle Pfeiffer muses in a conversation with movie director Darren Aronofsky for the April issue of Interview magazine. Despite Pfeiffer’s enduring love for her profession, she had seemingly vanished from the Hollywood scene. “I disappeared, yeah,” she acknowledged near the end of the Q&A.

But now, Pfeiffer is back in a big way. She has four new films coming out this year — Barry Levinson’s The Wizard of Lies for HBO next month being the first big one; she plays Ruth Madoff, the wife of notorious financier Bernie Madoff — and is opening up about her noticeable absence from the big screen. Later this year, she co-stars alongside Jennifer Lawrence in Aronofsky’s film Mother! Indeed, “What the Hell Happened to Michelle Pfeiffer?” was a question many movie business observers had been asking. Now they have an answer.

“The first thing that comes to mind is I’m an empty nester now,” Pfeiffer, 58, said. Pfeiffer and her husband, David E. Kelley, have two children together. They married in 1993, months after Pfeiffer had adopted a baby girl. The next year, the couple welcomed a son. With a new family, Pfeiffer suddenly had a lot more on her plate.

“I was pretty careful about where I shot, how long I was away, whether or not it worked out with the kids’ schedule,” Pfeiffer said. “And I got so picky that I was unhirable. And then … I don’t know, time just went on. And now, you know, when the student is ready, the teacher appears. I’m more open now, my frame of mind, because I really want to work now, because I can.” She added, “These last few years I’ve had some really interesting opportunities.”

Earlier in the interview, Pfeiffer opened up about how, despite growing up in Southern California, she was far removed from the entertainment business and explained how, even though she enrolled in stenography school, she managed to get into acting and became one of Hollywood’s most recognizable A-list celebrities.

Read the full Q&A at Interview.


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