EXCLUSIVE: Michelle Pfeiffer Talks 'Daunting' Role Preparation, Looks Flawless in Rare Red Carpet Appearance
By Jackie Willis
Michelle Pfeiffer is making a super chic return to the limelight.
On Thursday night, the 59-year-old actress turned heads in a sleek, all-black Monse suit and Prada shoes at the premiere of HBO's Wizard of Lies in New York City, and was joined by her writer husband, David E. Kelly.
Pfeiffer stars alongside Robert De Niro in the TV movie, making this her first acting project since The Family in 2013, which also starred De Niro. Wizard of Lies tells the story of Bernie Madoff (De Niro) and his Ponzi scheme, with Pfeiffer taking on the role of Bernie's wife Ruth.
"It was kind of daunting," Pfeiffer told ET's Jennifer Peros at the premiere. "I had never played a real person before, and the fact that she was still alive and the fact that she had been through so much ...I felt responsible for telling her part of the story truthfully."
Sympathizing with her character, she noted that "[Ruth] had been so villainized in the press."
"I'm happy that I think the movie really speaks to the victimization of this family," Pfeiffer added. "[Bernie's family] was not in on it, they were innocent -- and they were victims like everyone else."
The three-time Oscar nominee is coming up on a big career milestone on June 12 when Witches of Eastwick -- which also starred Cher, Susan Sarandon and Jack Nicholson -- celebrates its 30th anniversary. Recalling her favorite memory of her time on set, Pfeiffer told ET, "I think just getting to know that cast. We got so close and it was a difficult shoot to say the least. I think that we sort of bonded together and I'm still very fond and very close with all of them."
When talking to Interview magazine earlier this year, Pfeiffer also shared some secrets from the set of Scarface, admitting that she was "terrified" while shooting the controversial crime film.
"I think I was able to hide behind the tough exterior of that character, who was just sort of tuned out and tuned off, drugged," she said of the six-month shoot. "It was a boys’ club. ...I would go to sleep some nights crying."
Here's a look at Pfeiffer's first magazine photo shoot in years: