In a recent interview, and the first in a very-very long time, actress Michelle Pfeiffer explains the hiatus from acting: “I got so picky that I was unhirable.” The Hollywood star, who disappeared from the spotlight shortly after she became a wife and a mother, reveals the reasons behind her break.
Hollywood icon Michelle Pfeiffer, 58, sat down with Darren Aronofsky to talk about her unexpectedly long hiatus from acting. The mother-of-two became [and stayed] famous for her roles on Scarface (1983), The Witches of Eastwick (1987), Married to the Mob (1988), The Fabulous Beaker Boys (1989), Frankie and Johnny (1991), Love Field (1992), Wolf (1994), Dangerous Minds (1995), and White Oleander (2002).
The actress first took a break from acting in 2003, only to come back four years later as Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray. Then, in 2013, she disappeared again.
“We should probably talk about this incredible famine we’ve had without you” film director Darren Aronofsky said on an interview with Pfeiffer with Interview Magazine. “What has been the reason for the resurgence, deciding to share your light with us?”
Pfeiffer explained that she kind of fell into it. Even though, she says, she never lost her love for acting, at the time she met her husband and got married she became very careful with family time. When kids came along, her schedule got even more complicated. “I was pretty careful about where I shot, how long I was away, whether or not it worked out with the kids’ schedule”, Pfeiffer says, concluding: “I got so picky that I was unhirable.”
Michelle Pfeiffer married David Kelley in 1993 and has two children: 24-year-old daughter Claudia Rose and 22-year-old son John Henry.
Now, that she is “an empty nester”, the actress feels “more open”. “I really want to work, because I can.” She adds: “I have this weird synchronicity with Annette Bening.” They replaced each other on “Batman Returns” (which ended-up to Pfeiffer) and Bugsy (in which she was replaced by Benning, who met husband Warren Beatty with that occasion).
Michelle Pfeiffer stars in Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming movie mother!, a psychological thriller that will premiere on October 13. The cast also includes Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Domhnall Gleeson.