Michelle Pfeiffer
doesn't just look good for her age -- she's ageless!

The actress graces the October cover of Ladies' Home Journal where she opens up about her nine-year break from the big screen, her career and embracing her age.

So why did Michelle take an almost decade-long hiatus from acting? "It just sort of happened. When the kids were small I used to take them with me on location. But as they got older I didn't want to pull them out of school, and the idea of traveling to make a movie became harder and harder," she tells the mag.

"If I was going to do something that took me away from my kids, it had to matter," she adds.

Now that Michelle's children are about to start college, she's ready to go back to work. The 55-year-old stars in the latest flick "The Family," alongside Robert De Niro -- a comedy about a Brooklyn-based mobster who has to enter the witness protection program. Check out the trailer below!

While Pfeiffer is a seasoned actress, she still gets nervous before starting work on any project. "I still think I'm going to be fired in the first week of every new job I take. Always," she admits.

"In fact, before I even start a movie I'll try to get myself fired or think of a reason I should quit. I guess it's fear of failure. I tend to choose parts that are a stretch for me."

For years, the blonde beauty has been referred to as one of the most beautiful women in the world ... but aging in Hollywood hasn't been easy for Pfeiffer.

"Having to watch yourself age on a giant movie screen is simply not natural. It can wreak havoc on your psyche," she confesses. "You don't have to look young anymore. I've moved over to that other side -- I'm 55, which is a little too close to 60, but looking great for my age is okay now."

The actress has changed her lifestyle habits as she's gotten older. "When I was in my 20s I smoked two packs of cigarettes a day. I lived on Marlboro Lights and Coca-Cola," she tells the mag.

Michelle attributes her slim figure and healthy skin to her newly vegan eating habits, and of course exercise. It was three years ago when the "People Like Us" actress decided to change her diet.

Once going vegan, Michelle saw immediate results. "I cut out meat and dairy and after two months my cholesterol shot down 83 points. I also try to exercise five days a week -- I run, do free weights."

And what she's doing is definitely working! Are you excited to see "The Family"? Tell toofab in the comment section below, and make sure to check out Ladies' Home Journal for her full interview!

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