May 3rd, 2012
04:29 PM ET
At 54, Michelle Pfeiffer's noticed a curious trend in her decades-long Hollywood career: Her leading men are getting "younger and younger," she tells Parade magazine in this weekend's issue.
"I went from Ashton [Kutcher] to Rupert [Friend] to Zac Efron in 'New Year’s Eve,'" the "Dark Shadows" actress says. "If I keep on like this, I’m going to get into X-rated material!"
But then again, it's also a nice change of pace. After all, "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," while she was then nearly half his age at 32.
As for the leading man of her personal life, TV vet David E. Kelley, Pfeiffer says she chose her husband of 19 years "really well."
"I got really lucky," she says. "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."
In fact, Pfeiffer says, fans might one day see them work on a project together.
She does worry about bringing the work home, "but it doesn’t mean we won’t do something together one day. I couldn’t ask for anyone better. David’s the best in terms of developing things for women. I watch [his shows] and I turn to him and say, 'I hope these actors realize how lucky they are.'"
Part of that never-say-never attitude is actually her success secret.
"I don't know if it's naïveté or just narcissism," Pfeiffer says, "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."
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