Despite being a sought-after Hollywood star, Michelle Pfeiffer manages to fly mostly under the radar. Fiercely private, yet totally captivating onscreen and in person, she invites a certain intrigue that makes you wish you knew more about her.
And although she tends to stay pretty buttoned up on matters both personal and professional, this much is evident — Pfeiffer has come a long way since her first role in the 1979 TV series Delta House as “the bombshell.” Here are a few things you probably didn’t know about the stunning star.
She dislikes giving interviews with a passion
For an actor with such an impressive body of work, you won’t find a ton of incredibly telling interviews with Pfeiffer on record. Not only is the star notoriously private, but in an interview with director Darren Aronofsky for Interview magazine, she also admitted she has a strong distaste for the idea actors should be obligated to do interviews.
At the onset of her interview with Aronofsky, Pfeiffer jokingly asked, “Did anyone forewarn you that I’m maybe, like, the worst interviewee that ever was?” Then, in all seriousness, Pfeiffer detailed her typical less-than-enthusiastic approach to interviews.
“I thought it was very clever to have you because I usually don’t feel any responsibility to give up anything. I sort of bide my time until the interview is over, and I can be pretty withholding,” she told Aronofsky. “But now, because I like you, I have to make an effort.”
All signs point to her suffering from imposter syndrome
Are you plagued by a nagging fear that one day the world will realize you’re not good enough? That you don’t necessarily deserve the success you have and any moment it may all disappear?
According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, you could be suffering from imposter syndrome, which is defined as “a false and sometimes crippling belief that that one’s successes are the product of luck or fraud rather than skill.” And, by that definition, it would certainly seem Pfeiffer shares the affliction.
While speaking with Interview, the actor admitted she lives with the “constant fear” that she is a fraud and will be found out. “But I think that’s because I started working fairly quickly and I wasn’t ready. I didn’t have any formal training. I didn’t come from Juilliard.
I was just getting by and learning in front of the world. So I’ve always had this feeling that one day they’re going to find out that I’m really a fraud, that I really don’t know what I’m doing,” Pfeiffer explained.