Michelle Pfeiffer is fit and fab at 55, thanks to a vegan diet and running workouts, but was put on a bizarre fasting diet during her early years in Hollywood.
When Pfeiffer first moved to Los Angeles at age 20, she befriended a manipulative cultish couple who believed people could survive without food or water.
“They worked with weights and put people on diets," Pfeiffer told the Telegraph. "Their thing was vegetarianism.
They believed that people in their highest state were breatharian. I never went near a breatharian state, but there were various levels that I did try to reach.”
Breatharianism is belief associated with the concept of inedia, or fasting. Proponents of breatharianism believe people can subsist for extended periods of time without food or water, fueled solely by transcendental life energy.
Michelle says the bizarre couple ran a cult and demanded money whenever she visited. “They were very controlling," she recalled.
"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.”
Fortunately, Pfeiffer detached herself from the bizarre duo after meeting her first husband, actor Peter Horton. She divorced Horton in 1988 and has been married to producer David E. Kelley since 1993.
Pfeiffer, who runs four to six miles a day on the treadmill, switched to a vegan diet in 2012 as part of a program to improve her overall health.
Michelle said seeing former president Bill Clinton extol the health benefits of a vegan diet inspired her to overhaul her own eating plan.
"Bill Clinton loves food, so there must be something to [veganism] that's making him stick to it," she said. "Also, he's smart, so he's not going to do something unless he really thinks there's some science behind it."
Pfeiffer used to smoke three packs of cigarettes a day but quit in 1992, amid growing concerns over her family history of cancer.
The blonde beauty credits her healthy lifestyle for her youthful looks, and says she has never gotten plastic surgery or Botox, but is open to it down the line.
“I used to think I would never have surgery, but it’s really hard to say never," she said. "I’m in the 'never say never’ camp now.”