Entertainment: Michelle Pfeiffer reunites with Dakota Fanning after a 20-year break

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She stars opposite Dakota Fanning in the upcoming Showtime historical drama series The First Lady.

And Michelle Pfeiffer shared that she was 'pleasantly surprised' to be reunited with the 28-year-old actress after first working together 20 years earlier.

The 63-year-old Academy Award nominee spoke to ET on Thursday about working with Dakota again after helping the actress make her feature debut in 2001's I Am Sam.

Reunited: Michelle Pfeiffer, 63, told ET on Thursday that she was 'pleasantly surprised' to reunite with Dakota Fanning, 28, on the set of The First Lady after they worked together on 2001's I Am Sam; seen Thursday in LA © Provided by Daily Mail Reunited: Michelle Pfeiffer, 63, told ET on Thursday that she was 'pleasantly surprised' to reunite with Dakota Fanning, 28, on the set of The First Lady after they worked together on 2001's I Am Sam; seen Thursday in LA

Michelle appeared in that film as a hotshot lawyer, but she and Dakota are now playing the mother and daughter duo of Betty and Susan Ford in the political drama series.

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Michelle admitted on the red carpet of the First Lady premiere in Los Angeles that she was 'curious' to see how the now-adult Dakota had matured since they last worked together.

'She turned seven on I Am Sam and I bought her a Barbie Winnebago,' Michelle recalled. 'I remember playing Barbies in her camper with she and [her sister] Elle. And she turned 27 on the set of First Lady. I was so curious to see the kind of grownup that she had become and was oh-so-pleasantly surprised in a way.'

I Am Sam stars Sean Penn as the title character, an intellectually disabled man who is forced to take over parenting duties of his daughter (Dakota) after her mother — a homeless woman that he had a brief relationship with — abandons her.

Like family: Michelle and Dakota are now playing the mother and daughter duo of Betty and Susan Ford in the Showtime political drama series; seen Thursday in LA © Provided by Daily Mail Like family: Michelle and Dakota are now playing the mother and daughter duo of Betty and Susan Ford in the Showtime political drama series; seen Thursday in LA First collaboration: When Dakota was only seven, she appeared in I Am Sam — her first film — as the daughter of the intellectually disabled titled character (Sean Penn, pictured). Michelle played a lawyer fighting for his custody rights; seen in 2001 in LA © Provided by Daily Mail First collaboration: When Dakota was only seven, she appeared in I Am Sam — her first film — as the daughter of the intellectually disabled titled character (Sean Penn, pictured). Michelle played a lawyer fighting for his custody rights; seen in 2001 in LA

After Sam is threatened with losing custody of his daughter, he hires a lawyer (Michelle) to fight for his rights in court after his daughter is placed with a new foster mother (Laura Dern).

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Michelle also stars with Viola Davis as Michelle Obama in the Showtime series, which offers a 'revelatory reframing of American leadership, told through the lens of the women at the heart of the White House'

The Hairspray actress added that she 'loved' getting to work with Aaron Eckhart — who stars as her husband and the 38th President of the United States Gerald Ford — because she has been a fan of his for many years.

Big fan: The Hairspray actress added that she 'loved' getting to work with Aaron Eckhart — who stars as her husband and the 38th President of the United States Gerald Ford — because she had admired his work for years; still from The First Lady © Provided by Daily Mail Big fan: The Hairspray actress added that she 'loved' getting to work with Aaron Eckhart — who stars as her husband and the 38th President of the United States Gerald Ford — because she had admired his work for years; still from The First Lady

'I loved working with Aaron. I've been such a fan of his for so many years and was really excited when I heard he was going to play Gerry Ford. It was wonderful. It was intense and it was fun,' she gushed.

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However, Michelle admitted she is unaware whether any of the real-life Ford family have seen the drama series, though she hopes they would approve of her performance.

She added: 'I don't know if they sent it to them to see or not. I'd love to hear from them if they're happy.'

Hoping for the best: Michelle admitted she is unaware whether any of the real-life Ford family have seen the drama series, though she hopes they would approve of her performance © Provided by Daily Mail Hoping for the best: Michelle admitted she is unaware whether any of the real-life Ford family have seen the drama series, though she hopes they would approve of her performance Read more

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