The Interview That Ruined Katherine Heigl's Career Overnight


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Published: 2 months ago
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?

2 months ago

Yes I do. I don't see why she was crucified for her opinion!

1 week ago

She over did it a bit. And I can see how Seth might have felt betrayed. He was in a position of power over her though as her boss, and when you hold power over someone you should not expect perfect honesty. I think candor is a good thing, and everything in Hollywood is a little sexist. I would call much of the sexism unintentional because women are to often scared to speak up or are unsure if their feelings are valid; so male counterparts do not know really know how they feel.

1 week ago

Nope.

2 weeks ago

@Tricia Tomlinson good point though I like my current boss. My past bosses however, well....good thing I'm not a celebrity.

2 weeks ago

@tawnya brown money, money, money...

2 weeks ago

Can you please stop talking shit from 10 years ago about her? She is a very good actress and deserves another chance to prove it. And why everybody is thinking that Shonda's material was right for her at that time? We all have been watching her twisting plot over the years and as a big Scandal fan, I admit that it followed some very bad directions sometimes. But in Hollywood the truth is something offensive obviously.

6 days ago

This Ruined her Career and in 2019 we have Brie Larson......

1 week ago

Clueless

1 week ago

She's a lousy actress. Case closed.

1 week ago

I don't se Kim-Jon-un

1 week ago

Kim-jong-un

1 week ago

tbh why did i even watch this?????? i’m so high

1 week ago

Who cares I'd still bang her

1 week ago

You gave your own honest opinion, she is a strong woman. Well it's Hollywood, what can we say, everyone has a mask to keep on if you want a stable carrier in that industry.

2 weeks ago

The frustrating thing is that this isnt like a huge deal or anything. She stated something that is actually considered brave nowadays. But at that time women werent allowed to speak up about not enjoying a character or a set. Just supposed to lay down and take it. And I get shonda was offended but dude, sit down and talk with the actress as to why she wasnt happy with the work. Im sorry but i am not a fan of shondas work. She should have looked more into katherines words

2 weeks ago

I honestly agree with her. She had every right to express what she felt was right.

2 weeks ago

Wait...dont you have to have a career before one can destroy it?

2 weeks ago

I don’t understand why it would be horrible for voicing an opinion. I don’t think it was insulting their characters. I think it was something that needed to be said in general and she used a portion of her experience to portray what it’s like for women.

2 weeks ago

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2 weeks ago

Rogan is so lame, so lame

2 weeks ago

You can turn down a script. Why complain afterward?

2 weeks ago

why the fk she took the role?, she ungrateful doesnt belong in hollywood

2 weeks ago

But...I'm confused. She made comments about her character..And how she felt HER character behvaed.....

3 weeks ago

So much for being honest about your experience. If I worked with someone who said she had not enjoyed the experience because of a factor that neither of us had anything to do with (in this case, the script), I would just accept that as her experience. What's the big deal?

3 weeks ago

What ruined her career was taking off her name of the list nominees because the material she had "wasn't worthy of an a award"

3 weeks ago

Seth Rogen is a sensitive untalented man child

3 weeks ago

She’s right and she should say it 💁🏾

3 weeks ago

I'm guessing that if it didn't happen then, she would have found a way to ruin her career no matter what. Oh well.

3 weeks ago

Omg i always loved her! Cant believe she's such a bitch n real life. Does she realize she's an actress? Ur acting sweetheart, stop making a acting role so personal sheesh

3 weeks ago

Lmao women’s careers are destroyed because they had the audacity to speak their minds but abusers like Chris Brown are still out there, with a bunch of supporters lmao

3 weeks ago

What she said was true and Seth calling her tired for speaking out is like men asking girls if they are on their period when they call them out on something like what

3 weeks ago

Are you on your period?

1 week ago

And know I do cat liter commercials!

3 weeks ago

%99.9 of the time it was great!???What?

3 weeks ago

Her comments would be considered heroic now.

3 weeks ago

What's rude is Judd's comments about how she should apologize for her opinion and throwing out that she said it became maybe she was "tired" when she had that interview.

3 weeks ago