Sometimes life imitates art and it isn't pretty. Just ask Michelle Pfeiffer, who recently revealed that she fell into a cult when she first moved to Los Angeles.
The industry vet admitted that she didn't realize what was happening at the time, but that she became involved with a "very controlling" couple who believed in something called breatharianism, which is a fancy word for living without food and water because a pranic light can provide the human body all the nourishment it needs. And in case you are wondering, this "pranic light" comes from a huge invisible spaceship hovering over North America. Naturally.
Describing the couple as "kind of personal trainers" the 55-year-old actress confessed that they put her on a diet that "nobody can adhere to."
"They worked with weights and put people on diets. Their thing was vegetarianism," "The Family" star explained to The Sunday Telegraph's Stella Magazine. "I wasn't living with them but I was there a lot and they were always telling me I needed to come more."
But that wasn't even the worst part. "I had to pay for all the time I was there, so it was financially very draining," she admits.
In true Hollywood fashion, she was saved by love… sort of. When she met her first husband, actor Peter Horton, he just so happened to be working on a film about the Moonies, who were the followers of Rev Moon Sun-myung's Unification Church (aka, a cult). While Pfeiffer helped her better half research "this cult," she realized, "I was in one."
"We were talking with an ex-Moonie and he was describing the psychological manipulation and I just clicked," she revealed.
Though she's now a self-proclaimed strict vegan, happily, her cult days are behind her. Botox, however, may not be. While she denies having had any cosmetic help yet, she's quick to add, "Never say never."
Coming from someone who unwittingly joined a cult, we trust she's speaking from experience.