The Real Reason Michelle Pfeiffer Stopped Acting In Hollywood

Murder on the Orient Express Michelle Pfeiffer gazing with evil intent

For an extended period of time, it seemed like Michelle Pfeiffer had disappeared from Hollywood. In actuality, it was only about a gap of four years, but in the world of show business, that's all it really takes. It was an absence that happened for some pretty specific reasons concerning location and other factors. Recently, Michelle Pfeiffer sat down on Today and explained what really went down with her career:

You know, I wish I could really take credit for making this big sort of sacrifice, but it sort of just evolved. You know, I guess my priorities maybe shifted and we moved out of Los Angeles. The older the kids got, the more and more difficult it became to actually say, 'Yes.' I became pickier and pickier. 'Well where does it shoot, when does it shoot? How long will I be away?' At some point, I became unhireable. That was really the real reason why I hadn't worked.

So if you take Michelle Pfeiffer's word for it, the reason that she wasn't in any projects between the years of 2014 and 2017 is because she was unhireable. Through a combination of not living in L.A. anymore, as well as developing more stipulations for her participation in a project, the options started to thin out for the Murder on the Orient Express actress. Which wasn't necessarily a bad thing, considering that part of that Pfeiffer's decision making process was the fact that her children were getting older. So while she may not have been in a movie for a couple of years, she got to spend time with her family.

But eventually, as she revealed during her interview with Today, even Michelle Pfeiffer's kids were wondering when she'd return to the acting scene. So as they prepared to go off to college, she turned her attention to coming back into the world of entertainment with projects like HBO's The Wizard of Lies, as well as Darren Aronofsky's mother! Now, with an Agatha Christie film set to release this weekend, and her arrival in the Marvel Cinematic Universe set to take place in next year's Ant-Man and The Wasp, it's safe to say that Pfeiffer is fully back in the swing of things.

If you didn't catch Michelle Pfeiffer in mother! or The Wizard of Lies earlier this year, you can check her out in Murder on the Orient Express, which is in theaters now. Also, you'll see Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne in Ant-Man and The Wasp, which will hit theaters on July 6, 2018. To see what else is coming to theaters next year, feel free to take a look at our 2018 release schedule!

Mike Reyes
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