Michelle Pfeiffer may appear to be an ageless starlet in films like Hairspray and Dark Shadows, but when she first came to Hollywood she was so impressionable she got embroiled in a cult.
The actress opened up about an embarrassing part of her past to The Sunday Telegraph in conjunction with promoting The Family. The connection began when she befriended a “controlling” couple who worked their way into her life–and diet.
They believed in breatharianism – the ability to live without food and water – and put her on a diet “nobody can adhere to.”
She was ‘saved’ when she was introduced to her first husband, Peter Horton, the actor. He had been cast in a film about the Moonies, the name given to followers of Rev Moon Sun-myung’s Unification Church. She said that while she was helping him with research “on this cult” she realised: “I was in one.”