“French Exit” star Michelle Pfeiffer covers the March 2021 issue of Town & Country magazine photographed by Shaniqwa Jarvis and styled by Samantha McMillen.
On her past work: “Some of the performances I have felt the best about are ones for which I’ve gotten panned. The ones that make me cringe are typically when I got the best reviews. I saw Scarface and I went, ‘Eh, I’m okay.’ I rarely like my work. I only look at films once. It’s just too painful.”
On returning to Hollywood after a five-year break: “I realized my daughter was looking at colleges, and I saw the writing on the wall. I thought, This is going to hit me really hard. It’s time for me to get back into moviemaking…Your seat is never saved in this industry. It’s very competitive. There’s that transition time when you’re not the ingenue and you’re not really old enough to be the grandmother—you’re not old enough to play Frances. I’m at an age when the parts are getting more interesting again for me. I guess the timing of it really worked out, because I don’t feel I missed out on much.”
On her priorities changing after having children: “Before the kids were born, my work was my life—and it was in a good way. When they were small, I could just pack them up and bring them with me. But then it became, ‘Okay, how long will this separate the family unit?’ When they got into school it became even more complicated, because I didn’t want to just take them out of their routine, so I would shoot in the summer and tried to not be away for more than two or three weeks at a time. It became challenging for people to hire me, because it was too complicated. It was easier to get somebody else to do the part.”
On her character in French Exit: “There’s something incredibly liberating about somebody who speaks her mind so freely. She can be rude and very curt at times, but I loved her take- no-prisoners attitude. We spend our entire lives trying to be polite, trying to not upset the apple cart, and she doesn’t really have any of that.”
On what her future holds: “I want to do more theater. I’ve got too much on my plate at the moment, but that’s the thing I wish that I had been able to do more of.”
The march 2021 issue of Town & Country magazine will be available February 23.
Cover: Brunello Cucinelli Blazer, Skirt and Belt | Marco Bicego Earrings and Ring
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[Photo Credit: Shaniqwa Jarvis for Town & Country Magazine]