November 4th, 2013
05:00 PM ET
As it turns out, Michelle Pfeiffer was once in a cult and didn't even know it.
The actress suggested as much in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph's Stella magazine, during which she recalled being under the thrall of a "very controlling" couple when she was just getting started in Hollywood.
Pfeiffer, 55, said the pair were "kind of personal trainers" and proponents of breatharianism, which is described as the practice of living off air and light instead of food. (One Seattle woman recently tried to adopt the lifestyle for 47 days as an experiment.)
“They believed that people in their highest state were breatharian,” Pfeiffer told the magazine, via the U.K.'s Telegraph. “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.”
The actress said it wasn't until she was helping her first husband, Peter Horton, with a film he'd been cast in about the Moonies – a term sometimes used for followers of Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church - that she understood the situation she'd been in.
“We were talking with an ex-Moonie and he was describing the psychological manipulation and I just clicked,” Pfeiffer said. "(Doing research) on this cult" led her to realize that "I was in one," the actress told the magazine.
These days, instead of trying to stick to a diet Pfeiffer said "nobody can adhere to," she's become a vegan.
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