Michelle Pfeiffer and David E. Kelley are just two of the numerous celebrity couples who have built a name for themselves in the entertainment business. The couple met on a blind date set up by friends and married less than a year later.
Over three decades after, Pfeiffer and Kelley’s marriage is still going strong, and they don’t appear to be running out of love for each other.
However, although Pfeiffer is married to one of television’s most prominent producers today, the actress claims she does not mix work with her marital life, as its consequences are too far-reaching to bare.
Michelle Pfeiffer Does Not Want To Jeopardize Her Marriage For A Role
During a recent appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” the actress hailed her partner’s literary talents, claiming that he is unrivaled when crafting scripts for female roles (as per People) She then pointed out that despite her admiration of his creative abilities, she was unwilling to jeopardize their relationship just to work with him.
“It’s unbelievable. And yet, I value our relationship more than a good part, and I just think it’s too risky,” she said to the show’s host.
Pfeiffer added, “We’re both kind of fierce when we work, so if I come home and I’ve had a bad day, and I’m upset about something, I want him to be on my side because he hasn’t heard the other side… There’s value in that.”
Although the pair have not worked together since their marriage began, Pfeiffer did make a brief uncredited guest appearance in one episode of Kelley’s television series “Picket Fences.”
Pfeiffer Feels Couples Who Collaborate Divorce Easily
Pfeiffer previously told The New Yorker in January 2021 that she feels not working together is healthier for their relationship. “I’ve seen a lot of couples where they seem to have a really great marriage, and then they work together, and next year they’re filing for divorce,” she said at the time.
The actress is also passionate about parenthood, having taken a hiatus from acting for several years in the 2000s to focus on raising her two children with her husband. The couple has two children: Claudia Rose, whom Pfeiffer adopted months before she began dating Kelley, and John Henry Kelley II, titled after his granddad and Pfeiffer’s father-in-law, United States Hockey alumni John Henry “Jack” Kelley.
Pfeiffer and Kelley Met Through A Blind Date
Pfeiffer and Kelley’s love story is one of those orchestrated by mutuals who wanted to see them happy. While chatting with Fallon, the actress talked about the blind date story of meeting Kelley, saying that she was nervous at the time owing to previous terrible experiences on such dates.
“I was kind of nervous, and I’d had a couple of bad blind dates, and I had sworn off of them, and my best friend said, ‘Please, just this last time, meet this guy, David Kelley.’ I said okay,” Pfeiffer said. “So I thought it was a good idea to do like a bowling party.”
Pfeiffer then admitted that their first date wasn’t all that great, but they gradually found their groove and formed a deep relationship.
Michelle Pfeiffer Will Star In ‘The First Lady’
Pfeiffer, now a Sexagenarian, does not appear to be ready to call it quits on her acting career. The actress is expected to play Betty Ford in the forthcoming Showtime series “The First Lady.” Her character was a former first lady who married Gerald “Jerry” Ford, who took over as president when Richard Nixon resigned in August 1974.
In February, a teaser for the series was published, in which Pfeiffer was shown depicting her character’s time in the White House which was ridden with several personal issues that impacted her husband’s reign.
The “First Lady” debuts on Showtime on April 17.