‘Big Sky’ star Didi Pfeiffer talks about addiction recovery

Dedee Pfeiffer is back on the small screen.

Since 2020, the “Cybill” star has been starring in the popular ABC crime drama “Big Sky” by director David E. Kelley, which she called a “rebirth” after a 10-year hiatus to fight addiction issues and raise two children. Single mother.

“When you are active in your disease, you are the defining problem. The moment you go into recovery… the day you say I want change, you become the defining possibility,” Pfeiffer, 58, told Page Six in a new and exclusive interview.

While away from Hollywood, the actress also went back to school and earned a master’s degree in social work from UCLA.

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The “Big Sky” star took a 10-year hiatus from Hollywood.
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She says quitting acting for a decade gave her a reality check, as she worked with the homeless and the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.

“Really immersing myself in the real world, in the bowels of the real world, for 10 years and then back, it was really shocking,” she tells us.

The Pfeiffer family was instrumental in changing her life.

She shares that her loved ones approached her and “wanted to help,” which she admitted “shockingly” that she was already looking for guidance but didn’t know how to get started.

“At that time, my answer was [that] I was already looking for the 800- [and] Unknown [helpline] The numbers I was going to call. I didn’t know how to ask for help,” she recalls. “I knelt out of shyness, crippled my knees from embarrassment, and felt both knees with a sense of failure because I couldn’t stop and didn’t know how to stop. I kept trying but I couldn’t, which makes you feel like you’re not feeling well.”

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“When you are active in your disease, you are the defining problem,” she said.
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Now on the other side of her illness, Pfeiffer urges others to understand that “help is there for you” — but only when you’re prepared for it.

“The support you will get is very nice,” she said excitedly. “You saved my life.”

As for the advice she’d give her younger self, For Your Love alum says she’s always felt “out of the box” and “can’t fit in.”

“I kept trying to fight for that seat at the table until I realized someone said, ‘If there’s no seat at the table, make your damn table,'” she says. “But when I was young, I was too busy trying to be what everyone wanted. I’ve never felt so comfortable in my own skin. Now I feel like I’m in a generation – at 58 – [where] Finally I can say, ‘This is what I am, and if you like it, great–if not, that’s fine, go and sit at a different table,’ and I’m totally fine with that. “

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Pfeiffer has denied that her famous sister, Michelle, has anything to do with her addiction issues.

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Pfeiffer has denied that her famous sister, Michelle, has anything to do with her addiction issues.

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Pfeiffer also wants to set the record straight that a very famous sister, Michelle Pfeiffer did Not She plays a role in her personal struggles.

“For me, it was all about my insecurities and then this undiagnosed trauma and addiction,” she explains to Page Six. “I think people like to say that being Michelle Pfeiffer’s sister has anything to do with any of my problems, and—excuse me—I can tell you right now: No, no, and no.”

Cheering about the Academy Award-nominated actress, Didi adds, “She’s one of the most amazing, beautiful, intelligent, and compassionate women I know, and I’m lucky to say she’s my sister. Are you kidding me? That’s a plus, not a minus.”

Didi says she wanted to change the course of her life to show people that change is possible and to set an example for those around her.

“I decided, in this generation, that I would not die of my disease,” she says. “I will show my children, family, and friends that you can change. You can change an entire generation by stopping now and making those decisions, you know?”

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Pfeiffer plays Dennis Brisbane in “Big Sky”.
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Diddy has some big names in her corner, including “Big Sky” co-star Reba McIntyre, who says she’s “cut from the same fabric.”

“When I met her, she turned into this weird and crazy fan,” the country singer admits. “The fact that she liked my character – [or] She even knew who I was – she was huge. It was like these two women meeting together, not knowing that we knew each other, how I enjoyed my job, and I madly adore her work – especially in the ’90s. “

While Dedee can’t tease out what viewers can expect next from the show – or her character, Denise Brisbane – she is excited about what lies ahead.

“[We have] It’s a great season with amazing guest stars and very talented sexy guys.”

“Big Sky” airs every Wednesday at 10 PM ET on ABC.

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