Michelle Pfeiffer’s earliest days in Hollywood were tainted by her participation in a Breatharian cult, says the actress.

When Pfeiffer first landed in Los Angeles in 1978, she reveals she was regularly involved with the cult that’s founded on the idea that humans need only light to survive – no food or water. During her time as a Breatharian, she fell in with a couple who strictly observed the philosophy.

“They worked with weights and put people on diets. Their thing was vegetarianism,” Pfeiffer told The Telegraph. “They were very controlling. I wasn’t living with them but I was there a lot and 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 very draining.”

It wasn’t until years later when Pfeiffer met her now ex-husband Peter Horton that the actress began to realize she had been in a cult-like situation with the couple. At the time, Horton was researching the Rev. Sun Myung Moon and his Unification Church for an upcoming film role.


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“We were talking with an ex-Moonie and he was describing the psychological manipulation and I just clicked,” Pfeiffer revealed.

Pfeiffer is currently promoting The Family, a gangster film directed by Luc Beccon in which she stars opposite Robert De Niro and Glee's Diana Agron.

– Chelsea Regan

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