The Interview That Ruined Katherine Heigl's Career Overnight


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In March 2019, Katherine Heigl made headlines when she was cast as the lead in a new CBS comedy, Our House. According to Variety, this is the first time the actress has been cast in a television comedy. But more than ten years ago, Heigl actually made many, many more headlines because of her comments about her role in a big screen comedy, comments that, at the time, seemed like they'd ruined her career overnight.

She was riding high back in 2007. The former Grey's Anatomy star not only won an Emmy Award for best supporting actress in a drama series that year, she also began transitioning over to the big screen with her successful starring turn in Judd Apatow's Knocked Up opposite Seth Rogen.

Unfortunately, this movie-star-in-the-making's rise to the top quickly unraveled following an infamously ill-fated interview with Vanity Fair the following January. In a move that still has us scratching our heads, Heigl openly trashed her own work in the coveted cover story, saying,

"It was a little sexist. It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys. It exaggerated the characters, and I had a hard time with it, on some days. I'm playing such a b----; why is she being such a killjoy? Why is this how you're portraying women? Ninety-eight percent of the time it was an amazing experience, but it was hard for me to love the movie."

Given the beloved flick's undeniable success with audiences and critics, Heigl's candid comments sparked immediate backlash. For their part, Apatow and Rogen both chimed in on the matter during a joint interview on The Howard Stern Show in 2009. The fan-favorite writer-director admitted he was confused over Heigl's comments, saying,

"We never had a 'fight'…Seth always says, it doesn't make any sense [because] she improvised half her s---...[You think] at some point I'll get a call saying 'Sorry, I was tired' and then the call never comes.'"

Meanwhile, Rogen felt Heigl's criticisms were hypocritical considering the portrayal of women in her follow-up rom-com, The Ugly Truth.

Soon after proving her A-lister clout between Knocked Up and Grey's Anatomy, Heigl also began to burn bridges in TV land after shockingly withdrawing her name from Emmy contention in 2008. The actress released a statement at the time, saying,

"I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination. And in an effort to maintain the integrity of the academy organization, I withdrew my name from contention."

Understandably, Grey's showrunner Shonda Rhimes was insulted by Heigl's remarks.

Meanwhile, Heigl and Seth Rogen have since appeared to end their alleged feud. During an interview with Howard Stern in August 2016, the comedy actor looked back fondly on his experience working with Heigl, saying,

"As we were making the movie, honestly, I was like, 'I would make a dozen movies with her...I was having a really good time, and then when I heard afterward that she didn't like it, that she seemed to not like the process, and she did not like the end product either. I think when that happens...your trust feels somewhat betrayed."

However, Rogen's compassion for his former co-star's subsequent plight has seemingly grown over the years, as he continued,

"I respect the fact that perhaps she realizes it has hurt her career, and I don't want that to have happened to her at all."

Heigl has since expressed regret for saying anything at all in that fateful Vanity Fair spread. In fact, Heigl told Howard Stern in 2016 that she went to therapy to deal with the stress of her, quote, "difficult" reputation. She later responded to Rogen's kind remarks while speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, saying,

"I think that he's handled that so beautifully, and I just feel nothing but love and respect. And it was so long ago at this point, I just wish him so much goodness, and I felt that from him, too."

Well, if Heigl and Rogen can bury the hatchet, perhaps there's still hope for her reputation in Tinseltown.

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Do you agree with what Katherine Heigl said?

1 week ago

basically if ur a woman n stand up for urself, ur career is over in hollywood. same thing happened with megan fox too. but then there could also be a debate that their heads got big after the massive success of the movie.

5 days ago

Robert Pattinson did it with Twilight. Ben Affleck with Daredevil (even though he was better in that than he was in Batman). Brad Pitt did it with some forgettable movie, too. When men do it, it's called being real and having the guts to say what's on your mind. When women do it, it's "snooty, ungrateful b***" and "untalented, arrogant c***" and so on and so forth.
Good thing I have family in Sweden; if I ever have daughters, I'm moving there.

5 days ago

Oh yeap

6 days ago

@Leah Rutberg rolls eyes then take more roles that represent you

1 week ago

@Lacey Scott I mean if she feels that way then dont accept the roles. Quit biting the hand that feeds you. Its called being a hypocrite not feminist

1 week ago

She told the truth, and got fired for just saying the truth.

10 hours ago

I want to mount her. Nice rack and shaved muff like a peach.

16 hours ago

Actors have the difficult task of foreseeing the final outcome when they are typically not a huge part of the editing/post production process. This is where you develop a strong and entitled opinion based on the contribution to something bigger.

2 days ago

Beautiful woman, ugly soul

2 days ago

Welp. She should not have accepted those roles in the first place.

2 days ago

Ruined her career by being honest lol.

2 days ago

She ruined Suits

3 days ago

Katherine Heigl is an American actress and producer who has a net worth of $30 million i wish my career was that bad

5 days ago

Lol you people act like it would be ok for you to go home after work and publicly shit on your job and the people you work with to everyone and expect to keep getting jobs. Who would hire someone after that.

6 days ago

People have said far worse but I think it’s very rare an actor will trash a movie they were in. They usually just keep that truth with those they know and not with interviews.

6 days ago

Title is: "The Interview That Ruined Katherine Heigl's Career Overnight" which is immediately contradicted in the first line of the video: "In march 2019 Katherine Heigl made headlines when she was cast as the lead in the new CBS comedy 'Our house'."
An actress that "ruined" her career doesn't get cast as the lead in a CBS comedy.
So this video is a bullshit load of crap.

6 days ago

She told the truth about how she felt. I like most of the shows she has been in.

6 days ago

Knocked up is a really terrible movie, I agree with her statements. The bitchy move was withdrawing from the Emmy... she probably wasn't going to win either way.

6 days ago

I always remember her as a young Sarah Ryback in Under Siege 2.

6 days ago

ironic that she was being a kill-joy while complaining that her character was a killjoy.

1 week ago

She didn't seem to mind raking in the millions she made, did she?

1 week ago

she was honest and honesty does not get you far. it can be a shit shit world

1 week ago

We all make mistakes.

1 week ago

I would say that she was likely ahead of her time. Women have always thought these things but Katherine was probably someone that spoke openly at a time and in an industry when no one was interested in the oppositional opinion of a woman. Put it all in today’s climate and shed be seen as a heroine.

1 week ago

It was only the comedy movies she was cast in....it has been said she is a bitch and extremely hard to work with....

1 week ago

27 dresses anyone 😍

1 week ago

Fake news. Harvey Weinstein did it

1 week ago

This is just a microcosm of her reputation back then.

1 week ago

Its not a woman or man, or sexism or gender fight issue.
She is just outspoken and ungrateful. 
Young actors would die for the position she is in. I do believe that its important to speak up, but there's a way of doing it without alienating yourself and making yourself sound like a stuck up asshole. She could have easily dealt with these issue backstage by talking to the people involved.
But instead she chose to make it publicly to appear like a "woke smartass".
What a waste of talent.

1 week ago

Good for her! I am tired of movies that portray women as super bitches.

1 week ago

Confused 😐!! I love her!

1 week ago

Isn’t she allowed to have her own opinion? I agree with Katherine Heigl.

1 week ago

I think she is a great dramatic actress and I wish she’d never done this. But her getting fired from Greys was more than just that one comment. She was reportedly a TOXIC person to have on set.

1 week ago

Her comments about knocked up made sense. I can understand her internal conundrum.


The Grey’s Anatomy comments and withdrawal were very disrespectful. She just came off extremely confrontational for no reason with that one.

No one:
Katherine: this work isn’t Emmy worthy 🗣

Tf?

1 week ago