Claudia Rose accompanied her mom Michelle Pfeiffer and dad David E. Kelley to the premiere Of Dark Shadows in Los Angeles Tuesday night.
Claudia Rose Kelley, whom Michelle adopted as a single woman in 1993, is in her first year of college.
“People make a lot of jokes about the empty nest,” Pfeiffer tells Parade magazine. “Let me tell you, it is no laughing matter. It is really hard. Claudia’s in her first year of college. She’s doing great. My son is applying to colleges now. I remember reading an interview with Dustin Hoffman; his first child had just gone off to college, and he said, “Nobody talks about their [empty] room.” I feel like I’m going to cry just thinking about it.”
She adds, “Being a parent is the hardest thing in the world. Sometimes I feel like I have to go back to work to get some rest, and we work a minimum 12-hour day making a movie! None of that is nearly as exhausting as parenthood—the psychological toll it takes on you because these lives are in your hands. I take it very seriously. Just when you think you’ve got your kids figured out, they change on you. For somebody who’s controlling, you can’t control it. Of course, I don’t think I’m controlling, but that’s what I’ve been told!”
Pfeiffer and Kelley also have a biological son named John Henry Kelley,17.