Michelle Pfeiffer's Big Secret

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Michelle Pfeiffer’s Big Secret

Michelle opens up to us about the lifestyle choice she’ll never give up, and her secret for staying young.


Urbanette: You’ve mentioned that you were once part of a cult that practiced breatharianism. Is going vegan giving you flashbacks of that kind of lifestyle?

Michelle: It dawned on me that I was a member of a cult while I was researching for a role that I played years back. I was young and new in Hollywood and was involved with this couple that claimed to be physical trainers. They put me on a diet that nobody could adhere to. They were very controlling. I wasn’t living with them but I was there a lot and they were always telling me I needed to come more. I had to pay for all the time I was there so it was financially very draining. They believe that people in their highest state were breatharian. They believed that we don’t need food and water to nourish us, only the sun.

Urbanette: It’s great that you got out of it.

Michelle: My first husband, Peter Horton, helped me overcome it.

Michelle Pfeiffer’s Big Secret

Michelle credits her vegan lifestyle for keeping her looking young

Urbanette: Everyone is applauding you for aging gracefully and you’re one of the few female actresses who haven’t gotten plastic surgery. What is your stand on this?

Michelle: Sometimes I think about it, sometimes I don’t. It really depends on how well I’m lit. It depends on my makeup and all kinds of things.

Urbanette: So you are considering it? What are your thoughts on it?

Michelle: I’m not saying that I won’t have plastic surgery at some point. I think that it’s harder and harder the older you get to say never. Especially being in the public eye. It doesn’t really matter, I think that if people actually want to do something here or there, who cares? If it makes them feel a little bit better about themselves… What I object to is too much. And really bad plastic surgery. When I think it becomes a distraction and when people don’t look like themselves anymore. As long as it doesn’t overtake them.

Urbanette: What is your advice for people who are considering going vegan?

Michelle: I would say, do what I did. I just told myself one day that I’m going to do it and I’m going to give myself eight weeks. And that I’m not going to commit on this for a lifetime because it’s psychologically huge for people to wrap their minds around it. And I’m just going to see how I feel, I’m going to test my blood again and see if there’s anything. Giving it that long you sort of get over the fact of feeling how big and difficult it is at the beginning. And if you really give yourself long enough to start feeling differently and sort of see the benefits then it will be great.


Read more: 5 Reasons I Love Being a Vegan and Fighting the Good Fight at Woodstock Animal Sanctuary

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time in France, NYC, London and Switzerland, and travels extensively around the world. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 107 Comments

  1. Trixiebelle

    She is gorgeous and thin. However, she’s definitely had work. Botox, fillers. Maybe a little lipo here and there. Just own it.

  2. Dee Wilson

    Like a few readers that have already picked up on her answers.
    But, she is a vanity vegan. So nothing wrong with that but it so enlightening to see celebrities like Joaquin Phoenix etc. stand up for the inhumane way we treat animals and are able to use their status to convey the message to the public.

  3. Richard Colby

    I’m 62 yrs old. I notice that not too many men are vegan… At my age can I still become a vegan?

    • Of course! Anyone can become vegan, and it will make you healthier at any age. Check out a fantastic Netflix film called WHAT THE HEALTH?

  4. she is stunning as always

  5. Deborah

    Vanity vegans tend to go back to eating carcasses after they get what they want. A slimmer body and younger skin. Ethical vegans never go back because they’ve made the connection. Animals are just like us. They too are part of Creation and they too suffer at the hands of arrogant ignorant abusers. I love Michelle. We’re both Taureans. 🙂 I’ve even been told I look like her. (I wish.) I applaud her, you Michelle, if you’re reading, for making the change and showing people the effects (gorgeous) and that it really isn’t that hard. I just hope that the animals are considered too. Yes a vegan diet is how the human body was meant to thrive. Yes a vegan diet will make you more beautiful. But most importantly a vegan LIFESTYLE will protect countless innocent loving animals AND our sweet precious Earth. GO VEGAN. STOP BEING AN ASSHOLE PEOPLE!! 🙂

    • Regardless of the reason, I think it’s good to be inclusive of everyone trying to be a part of the movement, and not chastise them for their reasoning behind it and your perception that it’s not ‘pure’ enough.

      • Sania Mirza

        I agree. Who cares WHY… as long as she’s not eating animals, it doesn’t really matter WHY. Andrew is right — we should all be supportive, regardless of their reasoning.

  6. Moya

    This was really good. But I would like to ask 1 question, how long has she been a vegan, and at what age did she make this change. For me (because I am older), I think this would really help me to know if it can be done/ stated later in your age? Thank you again

    • Hi Moya, Switching to vegan can be done at any age. In fact, the health benefits are often even greater when you are older, since a vegan diet helps with osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, etc. If you want to live longer and feel healthier, switch today! 🙂 Check out http://www.vegankit.com and the Netflix documentary called ‘What The Health?’

  7. Mark

    I know that Dr. Esselstyn also advocates NO OIL. Do you know if Michelle Pfeiffer has stopped eating foods with oils?

    • I think that’s only for losing weight… some oils are really good for you, like coconut oil and olive oil.

      • Judy Sangillo

        It isn’t just for weight loss. People trying to reverse heart disease should go oil-free as well as avoid animal foods, because consuming oil causes inflammation of the arterial endothelial cells.

      • I thought olive oil was great option too but during a recent webinar with Dr. McDougall, I had the chance to ask about it and received a reply from Jeffrey Silberg, who is Starch Solution Certified. He said that it causes inflammation.

  8. I became vegan when I wanted to lose weight had nothing to do with animal cruelty but after I lost the weight I started educating myself on the facts… Now I choose a kinder diet because I am against animal cruelty!!! So who cares if she has or hasn’t had surgery… I’m hopeful that she too will realize the real reason to be vegan and not just for the self-gratification!

  9. Michelle Pfeiffer being vegan is great for the profile of the diet and spreading awareness of the benefits. Great to hear that she’s benefited so much. Now I’ll have to try it too 😉

  10. Sara Williams

    I am soooo happy that I can say I havn’t touched meat in 7 months.. I haven’t been drinking milk and i quit the cheese! I realized I had fur on a jacket that was gifted, it made me sad and I took it off. I will never wear death again! But what do I do with the fur? I don’t want to sell it (no one should wear this animal) I don’t want to profit of death and at the same time I don’t want it in my house.. What would you do?

    • Nimisha Raja

      You can donate it to an animal shelter – they can use it to rehabilitate orphaned baby animals.

    • Dara

      Many wildlife rescues will take fur and use it to warm orphaned animals as they rehabilitate.

    • Shelly Hanson

      Give the fur coat to a homeless shelter.

      • Kim

        Or sell it because if you don’t, that person who would have bought it will just go out and buy a new one. Every time someone buys a new fur coat, it pays for the slaughter of the next animal(s) to replace it.

        So know that you would be preventing the death of another animal by selling it.

        • But isn’t the goal to have less people wearing fur, so the ‘fashion’ aspect of it goes out of style / looks old-school?

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