Michelle Pfeiffer on husband David E. Kelley: I got really lucky
May 3rd, 2012
04:29 PM ET

Michelle Pfeiffer on husband David E. Kelley: I got really lucky

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!"

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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."

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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.'"

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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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  1. Jolie

    Gaa, one of my fav actresses ever!! I remember the first time I saw her in Ladyhawke, her pale beyond earth beautiful face emerging from a dark hood inthe dark night of a forest. I still hold my breath when I think of that moment and I am a 100% straight Female.
    Anyway this article in Parade was nice and all, loved hearing the good family story, happy life, so good to hear good.
    Dang, I just wore a blouse like that on the cover in the same color to an event and have seriously been looking for a light khaki dress like she wears in the black and white photo in the article for weeks, dang Michelle, where did u get that like I could afford it. If any fashionista reads this and knows where I might get one similiar, please post. I know this is not the place for this but shorter sleeves and sheath fitted type bottom rather than flared A line skirt is preferred. wish i had a personal shopper. Dang , it makes me feel really great to be in the same fashion line mind of MP!!

    May 8, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Myrna Band/florida

    I am proud of them.

    May 7, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. Myrna Band/florida

    I am not to suprised.

    May 7, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. tcaros

    michelle pfieifer salad dressing... spreads easy

    May 4, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jack Clauss


    May 4, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jack cCauss

    good for them.

    May 4, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. Lee Evan Tabas

    I am very pleased with both othem

    May 4, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. Michael Peter Caliazzo

    Great to see a Happy Hollywood couple.

    May 3, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jonie Matthers

    Now you've jinxed yourself,i've noticed people in Hollywood who tend to keep a low profile and don't discuss why their marriages and relationships lasts tend to last.As soon as they start talking to the media they seem to sink soon.So please Michelle ssshhhh.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Observer

    Refreshing to see a Hollywood couple that are in a strong and supportive relationship. Best of luck to them both!

    May 3, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Debra Christian

    I remember when they got married-my favorite writer and my fave actress. It was weird!
    I can count on that when I watch a Pfeiffer movie,her character will not embarrass me as a woman.
    When I watch a Kelly written script,I can still make the same claim AND his scripts have nice twists and turns.
    I've been watching his shows since LA Law and his movie,Lake Placid,well I have watched it at least seven times.
    I am so happy that they found each other and have such a lovely family together.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |

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