Michelle Pfeiffer Opens Up About Filming ‘French Exit’ & Her Personal Life
Michelle Pfeiffer may be known worldwide for her contributions to some of the most famous films of the latter half of the 20th century, but as of late the star has been mostly focused on her fragrance line, Henry Rose.
Despite pivoting her focus, Pfeiffer is still slated to appear in her first film in years, “French Exit,” and she took a discussion with Variety to discuss her return to the big screen amidst the current circumstances of her personal life.
“French Exit,” a film based on a book of the same name by Patrick deWitt, sees Pfeiffer take up the role of Frances, a New York-based widowed socialite who decides to move with her son (Lucas Hedges) to Paris to live out their lives and spend the rest of their inheritance.
Pfeiffer told the publication that author deWitt’s “unusual” voice is what initially drew her to the story, claiming, “His use of these disparate tones of comedy and tragedy, he says he uses comedy as a coping tool for a lot of his characters and it just was so unusual.”
The Uniqueness Of This Role
As for her take on her first film character in some time, Pfeiffer is a big fan of Frances, telling Variety that, “I love Frances. She’s curt and rude at times, but she also possesses this underlying fragility.”
The actress explained her role in more detail by saying how this job was different from others, “My job – and particularly with a character like this, is to try to find the humanity in them and to try to find what I have in common with her.”
Pfeiffer went on to detail how the majority of her focus recently, especially since the start of the pandemic, has been on furthering her Henry Rose fragrance line.
Pfeiffer told the publication that she sought to start Henry Rose after developing a disdain for “products we’re putting on our bodies. I couldn’t find ‘natural fragrance,’ that smelled like a premium fragrance, and I got frustrated.”
The veteran star’s line was born out of that issue and is already a year and a half into production, still toting the same promise of all-natural ingredients.
Touching on past roles of hers, Pfeiffer made some funny comments about her time as Catwoman as well as her role in “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”
On her Catwoman costume, the actress said, “It was like an assembly line to get into,” joking about the difficulty getting into the suit included, “I remember walking up to my trailer in the morning and [there was] this line of people to waiting to help me get ready.”
Years later when she appeared in “Ant-Man,” Pfeiffer knew the right questions to ask wardrobe, “How do we do this so that I can get in and out of this quickly so that if I need to use the restroom, it’s not going to be a big ordeal,” she recalled making a point of during filming.