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Pfeiffer ‘felt like an alien’ until acting came along

February 10, 2009

michelleMichelle Pfeiffer said she felt like “an alien” before discovering a home in acting.

At another one of the Berlin Film Festival’s notoriously entertaining news conferences with all sorts of unusual questions and answers (who can forget George Clooney calling one journalist a jerk for criticising his film at one press conference a few years ago), the American actress also revealed she only bothers taking care of her appearance when she’s out of the house but otherwise doesn’t really care what she looks like.

“I once heard an actor give this bit of advice to young people: If there isn’t anything else in the world that you would be good at and want to do, then yes, go ahead and try to be an actor. But if there is any other choice you can make … For me, there was no other choice I could make. The first time I walked into an acting class, I felt at home. For the first time in my life I didn’t feel like an alien.”

Pfeiffer appeared to blush when asked by a young woman from a German television network managed to remain attractive at the age of 50: “What’s your secret?” the German reporter wanted to know.

“Um, when I’m working I take good care of myself. When I’m not working I stay out of sight and, like everyone else, I let myself go. I eat very well and exercise. The fact that I’m happy and enjoy my life really helps too. And I have good genes. I stopped smoking when I was 30 and that helped.”

Pfeiffer, who plays an ageing courtesan who falls in love with a far younger man in “Cheri”, said turning 50 last year was easy: “If you think hitting 40 is liberating, wait until you hit 50. I was surprised how liberating it was. The anticipation is always much worse than reality. There is the anticipating of turning over that big number, then you turn 50 and go ‘okay’. If anything, it makes you more grateful for what you’ve got.”

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