Michelle Pfeiffer Reveals Breatharian Past

Actress says she once belonged to a cult that believed humans should live on mostly air and light.
2:06 | 11/05/13

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revelation, from not just michelle pfeiffer. Opening up about her past involvement with a cult. People who believe you can live primarily on air and light instead of food and water. Abc's paula faris has the story. I am cat woman. Hear me roar. Reporter: She breathed life into some of hollywood's most iconic roles for over 30 years. I have nick the pig as a friend. Reporter: Now, michelle pfeiffer is revealing that one of her first experiences in hollywood, was a bizarre practice called breathairanism. In a new issue of "the sunday telegraph magazine, "stella" she fell under the influence. They were very controlling, she tells the magazine. They believe that people in their highest state were breathearian. And she says she soon came to feel she had become part of a cult. It wasn't until pfeiffer got involved with her first husband, actor peter horton, that she says she realized the dangers of the breatharian lifestyle. Telling the magazine, the fasting diet was a regimen no one could adhere to. You can't live without food and water. It's extremely dangerous to try. Reporter: Breatharianism started in california. But as portrayed, some believe living on light is a secret ingredient to weight loss. And even immortality. The average human being, eats three meals a day. I've had seven meals for the last ten months. Reporter: With her early adventures in the so-called cult long behind her, pfeiffer says she's now a practicing vegan. One who still has the power to leave us all breathless. For "good morning america," paula faris, abc news, new york.

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