Michelle Pfeiffer used to be part of a cult that believed you could survive on sunlight alone, not food and water.
Michelle Pfeiffer sat down with the Sunday Telegraph to promote her new movie, ‘The Family’ (which is doing HORRIFIC in the box office. Rotten Tomatoes has it at a 34%). Anyway, Michelle talks about the highs and lows of Hollywood, and what it’s like to be an actress over 40 trying to get movies at this age. She also opened up about being part of a “cult” when she came to Hollywood, where you didn’t eat or drink – instead you lived were a “breatharianism” where you live off of sunlight alone.
When she realized she was in a cult: Michelle was ‘saved’ when she was introduced to her first husband, Peter Horton, the actor. He had been cast in a film about the Moonies, the name given to followers of Rev Moon Sun-myung’s Unification Church. She said that while she was helping him with research “on this cult” she realised: “I was in one. We were talking with an ex-Moonie and he was describing the psychological manipulation and I just clicked.”
Her leaders were like ”personal trainers”: “They worked with weights and put people on diets. Their thing was vegetarianism. They were very controlling. I wasn’t living with them but I was there a lot and they were always telling me I needed to come more. I had to pay for all the time I was there, so it was financially very draining. They believed that people in their highest state were breatharian.”
On aging and plastic surgery: “The loss of youth, the loss of beauty — it definitely plays havoc with your psyche. There’s this transition from, ‘Wow, she looks really young for her age,’ to, ‘She looks great for her age.’ And there’s a big difference. I’m now at, ‘She looks great for her age.’ There is certainly a mourning process to that. I used to think I would never have surgery but it’s really hard to say never. I’m in the ‘never say never’ camp now.”
On adopting a child before marrying David Kelley: “One thing I’m not short on is courage. I’d been really desperate to start a family for a long time. And then I was 33 and I just thought ‘You know, I don’t want to wait any more’.” She said that her desire to have children “was colouring my relationships. I was maybe hanging on to some that I shouldn’t have.”
It’s scary to think what lengths people will go to in order to stay slim. “Live on sunlight alone”? That’s crazy! To this day Michelle maintains a strict vegan diet – and look at her body! She’s doing something right!