She's a healthy vegan now, but actress Michelle Pfeiffer says that at one point she was in a cult, pressured to follow a breatharian diet that advocates no food is needed, reported the New York Daily News on November 4.
The dangerous situation occurred when Michelle arrived in Hollywood at age 20, a vulnerable young girl who succumbed to the pressure of a cult that contended humans needed neither food nor water to survive.
Now 55, Michelle says that her experience with this cult-like couple began with vegetarian diets.
“They worked with weights and put people on diets. Their thing was vegetarianism,” she explained.
But then came the pressure and problems.
“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," added Michelle.
The couple put Michelle on a breatharianism regime, which she described as a diet "nobody can adhere to," reported the Huffington Post on November 4.
A breatharian is an individual who believes it's possible, through meditation, to reach a level of consciousness where one can obtain all sustenance from air or sunlight, according to the Oxford Dictionaries.
The couple told Michelle that "people in their highest state were breatharian.”
Michelle didn't even identify the controlling couple as a cult until years later, when her first husband, actor Peter Horton, was cast in a movie about Rev. Moon Sun-myung’s Unification Church. Peter researched the Moonies, and his knowledge showed Michelle the truth about her past.
“We were talking with an ex-Moonie and he was describing the psychological manipulation and I just clicked" about the cultish elements," said Michelle.
However, Michelle escaped from the couple. For the rest of her 20s, according to the Huffington Post, she "lived on Coca Cola and Marlboro Lights cigarettes."
Now the vegan actress works out five days a week and survives on beans rather than just her breath. Learn more about her views on aging and a healthy lifestyle by clicking here.