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Michelle Pfeiffer talks about playing a 'very cold' mom in 'People Like Us'

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07/01/2012 by OnTheRedCarpet.com Staff

Michelle Pfeiffer revealed in a recent interview she loved the script for "People Like Us" but initially didn't find her character interesting because the role was "very cold."

"It's a seemingly very simple family drama but it's very layered," Pfeiffer told OnTheRedCarpet.com correspondent George Pennacchio. "In fact, when I initially read the piece and my character was initially on the page, it felt very arched, and very, very cold."

"That wasn't very interesting for me but when I met with Alex [Kurtzman, the film's writer/director], we both were on the same page about how we really wanted to approach her and really try wherever we could to find the humanity in her," she added. "That was exciting for me."

In the film Chris Pine plays Sam, a man deep in debt who flies home to Los Angeles for his father's funeral. He later discovers his father's will stipulates that Sam must deliver $150,000 in cash to a woman named Frankie (played by Elizabeth Banks) who turns out to be his sister. Frankie is a 30-year-old recovering alcoholic with a 12-year-old son (played by Michael Hall D'Addari.)

Pfeiffer also stars as Sam's mother and the film is loosely based on Kurtzman's real life story.

"This is so close to him obviously, it's his story, these characters are based on real people so it just definitely has such a strong truth to it," Pfeiffer said.

The 54-year-old actress praised her co-stars in the film, which also includes Olivia Wilde, as "really extraordinary."

Pfeiffer is married to television writer and producer David E. Kelley and the couple has two children together -- an adopted daughter named Claudia and a son named John. Pfeiffer said that her own family life was dramatically different than the family featured in "People Like Us."

"My family dynamic is very different and hopefully my son will come home and visit me more often than this character does," she said.

"People Like Us" hit theaters on June 29. Check out the trailer below.

Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, parent company of OnTheRedCarpet.com that also produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet"(check for local TV listings).

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