The beautiful star says she liked playing ugly for her role in Stardust

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated August 07, 2007 03:00 PM

Even Michelle Pfeiffer thinks about the price of beauty.

Asked if she’d accept the promise of eternal youth, if offered, the star, 49, tells Parade magazine for its new issue, “For free? No price? Sure why not? As long as I didn t have to eat the heart of a star.”

And when it comes to staying young, would she be first and foremost concerned with her face?

“Are you kidding?” she replies. “I think it would be health.”

Besides appearing as the hateful TV producer Velma Von Tussle in the current Hairspray, Pfeiffer will soon be seen in the film fantasy Stardust as the ancient sorceress Lamia, who seeks to regain her lost loveliness.

“I liked sort of poking fun at searching for eternal youth and the lengths to which women will go to get it and the sort of desperate need to hold onto it,” says Pfeiffer – who found being ugly just as arduous as being beautiful.

“I mean, it’s not makeup; it’s rubber that’s glued to your face,” she says of getting made up for her role. “I was really looking forward to designing that, but the actual reality of having all that stuff glued to your skin is pretty unpleasant.”

Though it wasn’t just her face that was altered. “I even had breasts that had mechanisms that could make them droop,” she recalls with a laugh. “It was a shock in the beginning. Talk about special effects!”

Yet, she adds, “To be honest, it was upsetting, but I got over it pretty quickly. I never really got used to the half-age sort of, you know, my face and then the other half was the aged face. That was freaky to me – even more freakish than the oldest makeup.”