Michelle Pfeiffer stars along Jennifer Lawrence in Mother!
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Hollywood actress Michelle Pfeiffer, 62, says becoming a mother took a hit on her career as movie bosses found it “too complicated” to hire her. She revealed she was offered less roles as a mum as it became a “challenge” for producers to work around her schedule.
It became challenging for people to hire me because it was too complicated
The Catwoman star shares two children, Claudia, 28, and John, 26 with her husband David E. Kelley.
In a recent interview, she pointed out how motherhood changed her career: “Before the kids were born, my work was my life – and it was in a good way.
“When they were small, I could just pack them up and bring them with me.
“But then it became, ‘OK, how long will this separate the family unit?’ When they got into school it became even more complicated, because I didn’t want to just take them out of their routine, so I would shoot in the summer and tried to not be away for more than two or three weeks at a time.”
The actress admitted bosses found it easier to give another applicant the role instead.
“It became challenging for people to hire me because it was too complicated,” she shrugged.
“It was easier to get somebody else to do the part.”
Michelle ended up taking a five-year break from the bright lights of Hollywood between 2012 and 2017, but she made her big come back when her daughter began looking at universities.
“I realised my daughter was looking at colleges, and I saw the writing on the wall,” she told Town & Country magazine.
“I thought, ‘This is going to hit me really hard. It’s time for me to get back into moviemaking.’”
She also felt that she had reached an age where “the parts are getting more interesting again”.
“Your seat is never saved in this industry. It’s very competitive,” she explained.
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“There’s that transition time when you’re not the ingenue and you’re not really old enough to be the grandmother – you’re not old enough to play Frances.
“I’m at an age when the parts are getting more interesting again for me.
“I guess the timing of it really worked out, because I don’t feel I missed out on much.”
Despite her return to film making, she admitted she won’t be watching any of her work because they often make her “cringe”.
“Some of the performances I have felt the best about are ones for which I’ve gotten panned,” she laughed.
“The ones that make me cringe are typically when I got the best reviews.
“I saw Scarface and I went, ‘Eh, I’m okay.’”
Michelle added: “I rarely like my work. I only look at films once. It’s just too painful!”
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