Robert De Niro wishes he could have worked with Michelle Pfeiffer earlier on in his career.

The 'Family' actor - who plays father Fred Blake in the action comedy film - has had a ''great time'' with his 55-year-old co-star, who plays his on-screen wife, while shooting the movie and hopes they will have more projects together on the horizon.

Speaking on UK TV's 'Lorraine', he said: ''We had a great time, I wish we had been able to do other things earlier in our careers, it just never happened... so hopefully we'll do other things together.''

Meanwhile, Michelle feels ready to throw herself back into her career now her children Claudia, 20, and 19-year-old son John are older, but insists she'd always put her family before work.

She explained: ''It's really about choices and prioritising. I think women are willing to put their children before themselves and their careers or at least try to juggle both, but I think ultimately when it comes down to it I know for me, family came first and still does.

''But I'm an empty nester so I'm sort of speaking about it in past tense because I'm sort of liberated.''