Michelle Pfeiffer struggled with her image

By Robert Kirchgassner,
Michelle Pfeiffer at the premiere of "New Year's Eve". (NYC)

Actress Michelle Pfeiffer became a star and a sex symbol in the 1980s, but she was not pleased with her image during that period.

Pfeiffer, 53, said that she struggled with herself but became more confident when she shot The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989). The film would win her an Oscar nomination.

"Even two years before that, I would not have been able to play the part of the sexually appealing Susie Diamond. She was dynamic and unapologetic and I was able to put on those clothes and play the part," Pfeiffer said. "I think, because of the way I looked, I had stayed away from buying anything sexy or overtly sexual."

Pfeiffer added that she wished she was more like her Baker Boys character.

"I wish I'd been more like her,” she said.”Before that, I would walk around looking like a bag lady!"

She later married producer David E. Kelley and now regards being a mother to their children Claudia Rose, 18, and John Henry, 17, as the major turning point in her life.

"If you had told me when I was 18 that I could survive on three hours' sleep a night, I'd have never believed it," Pfeiffer admits. "You just cope."

Like other actresses, Pfeiffer does not want her children to follow in her footsteps.

"I would say: 'Be a doctor or something else.' The value of a good education has never left me ... When I became a mother, I realized I had not taken enough advantage of my education and came to appreciate how important it really is."

Her upcoming film Dark Shadows, reteams the actress with her Batman Returns (1992) director Tim Burton. It is based on the TV series of the same name and co-stars Johnny Depp. It is set for release May 11.

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