“I’ve been really, honestly, anxious about entering into the world of social media.” – Michelle Pfeiffer
It is becoming increasingly common for our legendary actors and actresses—already well established in their careers when social media had its rise—to decide to give Instagram and other platforms a shot. In recent years, Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, Glenn Close, Jennifer Garner, Will Smith, and Tom Cruise, among many others, have started accounts—and, in almost all cases, it seems like the celebrities are having a good time with it, posting a mix of personal shots and promotional material, and not taking any of it too seriously.
And now, screen legend Michelle Pfeiffer is joining the Instagram masses. Pfeiffer told Vanity Fair that her fears about presenting her life in a public manner had been holding her back from making an account: “I’ve spent my whole life doing as little as possible and hiding out,” she said. “I’ve been really, honestly, anxious about entering into the world of social media, and just fearing I’ll say the wrong thing and somebody’s gonna get snarky on my feed.”
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But she was eventually convinced by watching her friends become obsessed with their feeds. “I just started realizing that I tend to get very curious because so many of my friends have started to engage on Instagram and they seem to be having a lot of fun with it, and I think that I realized that it’s actually a really good way to engage with people, and potentially with my fans.” There are career benefits, too: “I think the other thing is that I’m really sort of full-throttle back working now, and so I think it is also an opportunity to share what’s going on with me.”
Pfeiffer said she is very much an Instagram novice—“I’m just clicking around and seeing what’s out there; I’m still figuring out how to even just use the format”—but she hopes to post a mix of work-related and personal content, when inspiration strikes. “A lot of times I’ll go along and I’ll take a picture of something and I’ll think, ‘Oh, that would actually be really cute on Instagram,’ and then I remember, ‘Oh, I don’t have an Instagram,’” she said.
For her first post, she opted for a throwback video clip from her iconic turn as Catwoman in 1992’s Batman Returns. (“I never really go back and look at my work because I’m so self-critical, but that really is a fun clip,” she said.)
Pfeiffer is in the midst of a bit of a career renaissance. After taking a few years off from work, she returned with a slew of notable film roles in 2017 (Mother!, Murder on the Orient Express, the HBO movie The Wizard of Lies), as well as 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp. She is also set to appear in 2020’s Maleficent 2 alongside Angelina Jolie.
“I just look for [projects] I can get excited about. And honestly, that gets harder and harder because I also know what it’s like to not work so hard and enjoy my life, and I have other interests,” she said. “But I also have always loved making movies and floating in and out of different characters. . . . I love [how] with the film community, I feel really at home there, and I’m really incredibly lucky and grateful to have found my place in the world.”
Source: Vanity Fair