Michelle Pfeiffer explains why she took a break from Hollywood

Actress Michelle Pfeiffer is on the April 2017 cover of Interview Magazine.

Actress Michelle Pfeiffer is on the April 2017 cover of Interview Magazine.  (Reuters)

Michelle Pfeiffer is returning to Hollywood.

After a temporary hiatus, the 58-year-old actress is lined up to debut “Mother!” opposite Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, as well as “Murder on the Orient Express” with Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz and Daisy Ridley this fall. However, there’s another reason why Pfeiffer is appearing on the big screen again.


“Well, the first thing that comes to mind is I’m an empty nester now,” explained Pfeiffer to Interview Magazine. “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. But I was pretty careful about where I shot, how long I was away, whether or not it worked out with the kids’ schedule. And I got so picky that I was unhirable. And then… I don’t know, time just went on.”

Pfeiffer has two children, Claudia Rose and John Henry, whom she’s kept out of the public eye throughout her career. But now that they’re grown up, Pfeiffer has extra free time to embrace more roles again.

“I’m more open now, my frame of mind, because I really want to work now, because I can,” she said.


Despite her successful career, Pfeiffer admit to missing out on one recognizable role, but quickly made up for it with the help of a fellow actress.

“[And] I have this weird synchronicity with Annette Bening,” she explained. “I was supposed to do ‘Bugsy’ [1991]. I fell out of that. She did it, so she met Warren [Beatty]. That wouldn’t have happened. And then she was supposed to do ‘Batman Returns’ [1992]. She fell out of that. I replaced her. So, we’re always kind of tag-teaming.”

These days, Pfeiffer isn’t wasting any time getting in front of the camera again. In addition to her upcoming film roles, she’s set to star as Bernie Madoff’s wife Ruth opposite Robert De Niro in the HBO docudrama, “The Wizard of Lies.” The movie will debut Saturday, May 20.