'It just became easier not to work': Here's why Michelle Pfeiffer went from top actress to 'unhirable'

'It just became easier not to work': Here's why Michelle Pfeiffer went from top actress to 'unhirable'
Michelle Pfeiffer is making a comeback (Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images for Paramount+)

ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA: Michelle Pfeiffer is one of the top actresses in Hollywood, with movies that have done well commercially and critically. However, most would contend that her prime years were in the 1980s and 1990s, when she appeared in films like 'Dangerous Minds', 'The Fabulous Baker Boys', 'The Witches of Eastwick', 'Scarface', and 'Grease 2'. In the same period, she also donned the fabled Catwoman costume for the Tim Burton-helmed 1992 DC movie 'Batman Returns'.

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Pfeiffer has been nominated for an Academy Award three times, although she has never won one. Sadly, the same could be said of her nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress at the 2017 Primetime Emmys for her performance in 'The Wizard of Lies'. Pfeiffer is still performing at the age of 64, although it wouldn't be unjust to claim that her career has slowed down. She even eventually acknowledged to herself that she was no longer hirable in Hollywood.

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She has received eight Golden Globe nominations, with a singular win for 'The Fabulous Baker Boys'. She has been able to develop a prestigious legacy while also accumulating an amazing $250 million in wealth.


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After working in many critically acclaimed movies, Pfeiffer became more involved with her family as she grew older. She continued to consider potential opportunities despite being more selective about what she would accept. During an interview with Darren Aronofsky, Pfeiffer said, “I’m a more balanced person honestly when I’m working. I’m an empty nester now. I’ve never lost my love for acting, but I was pretty careful about where I shot, how long I was away, whether or not it worked out with the kids’ schedule."

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Pfeiffer thought that she lost her casting appeal as a result, which caused her to stop acting in movies for several years. “And I got so picky that I was unhirable,” the actress explained. “And then … I don’t know, time just went on.” In another interview, Pfeiffer also said that she could see how “it became so complicated to hire me that it just probably wasn’t worth it.” When that happened, she confessed, “It just became easier not to work most of the time.” Having said that she clarified to Toronto Sun, “It’s not that I went into an official hiatus.”

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Pfeiffer expressed her love-hate relationship with acting in a different interview with The Hollywood Reporter. She did like her profession, but that was never her only focus, as she had hinted to Aronofsky.

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Michelle Pfeiffer no longer needs to be concerned about how her career choices affect her children's life because both of her children are now adults. As a result, in her sexagenarian years, she is experiencing a sort of revival.

In spite of the global epidemic that forced Hollywood to close for months last year, Pfeiffer nevertheless managed to star in her finest movie to date. 'French Exit' is a dark comedy/drama that landed the seasoned actress her seventh Golden Globe nomination. Pfeiffer's performance in 'The Wizard of Lies' and 'Mother!', the Aronofsky horror/thriller that effectively signalled Pfeiffer's major return, put her on "the top of the list" for the movie's director Azazel Jacobs. “Michelle’s recent work showed me somebody who was still very hungry, even though she had proven herself,” he said. “So I sent her the script. When I heard that she wanted to meet, I did my best to prepare, but nothing could have prepared me for immediately feeling like I would do anything to work with this person.”

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