"I was thinking today, 'Why do I hate being interviewed so much? How can I explain this to poor Darren who has to do this dastardly interview with me?'" she quips. "And I think it may be that I have this constant fear that I’m a fraud and that I’m going to be found out. It’s true."
The three-time Oscar nominee explains that despite her flourishing movie career, she doesn't have "any formal training."
"I didn’t come from Juilliard. I was just getting by and learning in front of the world," she continues. "So I’ve always had this feeling that one day they’re going to find out that I’m really a fraud, that I really don’t know what I’m doing."
In 1983's Scarface, Pfeiffer starred as Elvira Hancock opposite Al Pacino and recalls being "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 recalls of the six-month shoot. "Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and I were really the only females. It was a boys’ club. And it was also the nature of the relationship, for Tony Montana to be very dismissive of my character. So I would go to sleep some nights crying."
Pfeiffer has not starred in a movie since The Family in 2013, but says she "never lost [her] love for acting."
"I feel really at home on the movie set. I’m a more balanced person honestly when I’m working," she shares. "But I was pretty careful about where I shot, how long I was away, whether or not it worked out with the kids’ schedule. And I got so picky that I was unhirable. And then ... I don’t know, time just went on."