It's been over 30 years since #MichellePfeiffer first broke out on the big screen for her role as Elvira Hancock in Brian De Palma's 1983 crime drama, #Scarface. Over the years, she's become even more well known for her roles in such classic films as The Fabulous Baker Boys, Hairspray, What Lies Beneath, and Batman Returns.
In the early 2000s, however, Pfeiffer sort of slowly started to step away from the spotlight, making fewer and fewer films each year and then eventually disappearing altogether. But with a slew of new and highly-anticipated films set to hit theaters this year, is she finally ready to make that comeback?
Recently, Pfeiffer sat down for an interview with her Mother! director, #DarrenAronofsky. The two chatted about various topics including Pfeiffer's step back from the spotlight, her dislike of interviews, and why she's finally ready to reclaim that long lost Hollywood glory.
What Drew Her To Acting In The First Place?
What initially drew the three-time Oscar nominee to acting was her fondness of watching old movies on TV. But when Michelle Pfeiffer confessed to being neither the pretty, mean girl or the ugly duckling in high school and instead the surfer chick, drawn to the waves and to summertime, she opened up a bit more about why she followed this passion. Her entry into acting turned out to be a total accident; it was actually a sneaky way of avoiding taking an English class.
"In high school, I took theater to avoid taking an English course because I was terrible in English. And all of the kids in the theater department were thought of as being the strange kids on campus. But I felt right at home, which meant, I suppose, that I was one of those strange kids on campus. But nobody told me. And I loved it."
So Why Did She Disappear?
It was a mixture of so many things that made Michelle Pfeiffer turn away from her once hot career. The real reason she took so much time away from the big screen turned out to be quite a bit more personal for the actress, which in turn, stole future opportunities from her.
"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."
She briefly returned to the big screen after a four-year hiatus in 2007 for two blockbuster hits, Hairspray and Stardust, both which led the actress to be inducted into the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
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Is She Ready For Her Big Comeback?
2017 is gearing up to be one of Pfeiffer's greatest years in cinema ever. With her upcoming HBO original movie, #WizardOfLies, alongside frequent co-star Robert De Niro. Then in the fall, she'll star alongside big names like Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem in Aronofsky's forthcoming feature, #Mother. In November, she'll jump aboard the Orient Express in Kenneth Branagh's remake of the Agatha Christie classic, #MurderontheOrientExpress.
So, does this all mean she's finally ready to come out of the shadows?
"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."
#HBO's The Wizard Of Lies premieres May 20. Mother! hits theaters on October 13 with Murder On The Orient Express following later on, on November 22. You can check out the latest teaser for the HBO project below.