Michelle Pfeiffer: Parenthood was a 'hard adjustment'
Actress Michelle Pfeiffer arrives at the CinemaCon 2012 Big Screen Achievement Awards to receive the Cinema Icon Award, Thursday, April 26, 2012, in Las Vegas.
Published Wednesday, May 2, 2012 7:34AM EDT
Michelle Pfeiffer found parenthood a "hard adjustment".
The 54-year-old actress -- who raises Claudia Rose, 19, and John Henry, 17, with husband David E. Kelley -- always likes to be in control so admits it was a shock when she realised it wouldn't be easy to combine her career with having a family.
She said: "I think all women who work and have families struggle with finding the right balance.
"I'm such a control freak and I was able to juggle a lot until I had my first child. It was a rude awakening for me. It was the first time in my life I couldn't do everything.
"I realised at that point that a person could have it all, but they can't do it all. That's a really hard adjustment for me. But there's nothing more unpredictable and harder and humbling than being a parent."
The 'Dark Shadows' actress also insisted she can't see herself ever retiring because she feels defined by her work.
She added in an interview with Stylist magazine: "Work is a lot of how I define myself and maybe that's not healthy, but it's true. It feeds me, you know.
"I can't see myself ever retiring. Ever. I started working part-time when I was 14 and still at school and I've never stopped.
"From the moment I started I loved it and I feel like I always need to be productive in some way. When the kids were growing up, it was challenging and creative and a big project.
"But who knows? I may not always be acting, I hope I am."