Michelle Pfeiffer Talks About Younger Men And Parenting In Latest Parade Magazine

Hollywood actress Michelle Pfeiffer opens up in a rare interview to Parade Magazine about something she really doesn’t talk much too often about: her private life.

The timeless beauty opens up about acting opposite younger leading men, her husband David E. Kelley, and how it’s like to juggle her career with motherhood. Here are some snippets from the interview:

On what drives Pfeiffer to succeed:
I don’t know if it’s naïveté or just narcissism, but I start out with this notion that I can do anything. It’s not until I get into it that I realize what I’ve thrown myself into, and then I will do anything not to humiliate myself. And that, I think, is the secret to my success.

On acting opposite younger leading men:
They get younger and younger. I went from Ashton (Kutcher) to Rupert (Friend) to Zac Efron in New Year’s Eve. If I keep on like this, I’m going to get into X-rated material! Well, that’s what
happens with men and their leading ladies, right? I was acting in The Russia House opposite Sean Connery when he was turning 60. [Pfeiffer was 32.]

On her husband of 19 years, TV writer-producer David E. Kelley:
I chose really well with David. I got really lucky. … And 19 years later, I never take him for granted. I’ve never met a person who has more integrity than my husband. I respect that. There’s his humor and intelligence, too, and he’s really cute, all those things—but if you don’t respect your partner, you’ll get sick of him.

Which is harder: parenting or acting?
Being a parent is the hardest thing in the world … the psychological toll it takes on you because these lives are in your hands. I take it very seriously. Just when you think you’ve got your kids figured out, they change on you. For somebody who’s controlling, you can’t control it. Of course, I don’t think I’m controlling, but that’s what I’ve been told!