Michelle Pfeiffer, one of biggest and most glamorous movie stars of the 1980s and 1990s, is back in the news today after making a startling admission:
She was once in a cult.
The 55-year-old actress, who's had a quieter life with director husband David E. Kelley over the past decade or so, reveled this to the UK's Sunday Telegraph.
Without naming names, she said she fell in with a "very controlling" couple as a Hollywood up-and-comer, and that they put her on a diet "nobody can adhere to."
"I wasn't living with them, but I was there a lot ... they were always telling me I needed to come more. I had to pay for all the time I was there, so it was financially draining."
Pfeiffer called the couple "kind of personal trainers."
"They worked with weights and put people on diets," she said of "breatharianism," which posits that food is unnecessary, and that "believers" can subsist solely on sunlight.
Pfeiffer was "saved" from the scary situation when she met her first husband, actor Peter Horton, who was cast in a film about the Moonies, Rev. Sun Myung Moon's cult.
As she helped Horton research this cult, she realized "I was in one ... we were talking with an ex-Moonie and he was describing the psychological manipulation and I just clicked."
Good thing, too. Michelle Pfeiffer is now mom to adopted daughter Claudia, 20, and John, 19, her biological son with Kelley, whom she wed in 1993.
Have you ever been in or heard of such a cult?