What the Hell Happened to Katherine Heigl?

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Katherine Heigl first came onto the scene with the cult TV series Roswell. She would go on to greater TV success with Grey’s Anatomy, which would win her an Emmy Award. From there, Heigl capitalized on that success with success in a trilogy of romantic comedies. In recent years, though, she became known as a cautionary tale about the dangers of biting the hand that feeds you. As a result, her most recent appearance was a commercial for NyQuil.

What the hell happened?

heigl child model
Katherine’s career started at age 9 when Heigl’s aunt sent pictures of her to modeling agencies. This led to contracts as a child model for such companies as Sears and TV spots for Cherrios.

hiegl - that night
Not surprisingly, appearances in movies soon followed. The first of these for Heigl was the 1992 drama That Night,

Future vampire slayer, Eliza Dushku starred in her film debut.  She played a young girl who idolized a neighboring teen played by Juliette Lewis.  The two girls become friends when Lewis’ character begins dating a hoodlum played by C. Thomas Howell.  Heigl played one of Dushku’s friends.

Reviews leaned towards positive.  But the modest movie didn’t make an impact with audiences.

heigl - king of the hill

In 1993, Heigl appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s  Depression-era drama King of the Hill.

Jesse Bradford starred as a boy struggling to survive on his own in a St. Louis apartment.  His mother has been committed to a sanitarium and his father is a traveling salesman.  Heigl played a pretty blonde girl who asks the down-on-his luck boy if he would like to dance.  Karen Allen, Spalding Grey, Elizabeth McGovern and Adrien Brody also appear in supporting roles.

At the time, Soderbergh wasn’t yet one of America’s most cherished directors.  He had turned heads with his directorial debut, Sex, Lies and Videotape.  But his follow-up film, Kafka, had a lot of people thinking Soderbergh was a one-hit wonder.  King of the Hill represented a come-back for Soderbergh.  It didn’t have the same impact as Sex, Lies and Videotape.  But it was nominated for the prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

heigle - my father the hero

In 1994, Heigl landed her first leading role in the cringe-inducing comedy, My Father the Hero.

Gérard Depardieu starred as a single dad who takes his daughter to the Bahamas on vacation.  Heigl played the daughter who tries to impress a boy with a series of bizarre stories.  Depardieu is so desperate to make his daughter happy that he plays along with her lies even when she claims that he is her lover.  Wait!  What?  Who would be impressed by that?

My Father the Hero was an American remake of the French farce, Mon père, ce héros which also starred Depardieu.  In the 90’s Disney had a strange fascination with remaking French farces.  I’m chalking that up to the success of Three Men and a Baby.  They also had an inexplicable devotion to the notion that Depardieu could somehow be made into an American movie star.  I don’t know what they thought Americans would find more appealing; the broken English, the big nose or the middle-aged paunch.

Reviews were dreadful and the movie flopped at the box office.  It opened at #4 behind Philapelphia which was in its seventh week of release and Mrs. Doubtfire which had been in theaters for 11 weeks.

On the upside, Heigl was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance by a Youth Actress Starring in a Motion Picture.  Unfortunately, she lost to Anna Chlumsky for My Girl 2.

Heigl has expressed one lingering regret about having starred in the Disney comedy about a teenage girl who lies about bedding her overweight French papa.  It’s this:

heigl - my father the hero swimsuit

Heigl had claimed to be “mortified” about the white thong swimsuit.   She has said that if she knew then what she knows now, she would have refused to wear it.  Heigl beat out a young Alicia Silverstone for the part.  But after seeing the movie, Silverstone said she was glad she wasn’t cast:

On My Father, The Hero, I didn’t get it because I was a little bit heavy compared with the girl who did get it, but that was a blessing because the girl runs around in a bathing suit throughout the whole thing. It was the worst movie I’ve ever seen. And the girl was really bad.

Next: Under Siege 2 and Prince Valiant


Posted on April 12, 2014, in What the Hell Happened?, WTHH Actress and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 208 Comments.

  1. Great article, as usual. Good job.


  2. Seems Nancy is as cookoo as Jack Birch(Thora’s dadager),perhaps?????


  3. Maybe it’s my imagination, but she also seemed to be starring opposite C-level male co-stars. Knocked Up helped make Seth Rogen big, but most of her other leading men never seemed to have that kind of success.

    Also…exactly how great was David Letterman? That’s not easy what we see him do in that video.


    • The burden was on Heigl to be the draw. And at first it worked in spite of her C-list co-stars.

      I have always thought Letterman was under-rated. He’s an exceptionally skilled showman.


    • 20 Film Stars You Definitely Won’t Remember In 20 Years:

      Katherine Heigl

      Katherine Heigl can play one type of character. Only one. Unless you didn’t already know, it’s the neurotic, uptight woman who has a turbulent love life. And the sad thing is, she’s not even that funny.

      I’ll give you Knocked Up. That was pretty funny. But that’s largely down to Seth Rogen, who we will all remember for being a lovable stoner. Will we remember Katherine Heigl? No, no we won’t. What other films has she done? The Ugly Truth. 27 Dresses. Life As We Know It. She plays the same character in all of them. I’m surprised people still pay money to go and see her when you can just as easily watch a DVD, or better yet, some YouTube compilation of her being really uptight.

      If she showed some kind of depth as an actress, maybe we she will be remembered. Note, I said maybe. Chances are some other actress who can play a really uptight woman will come along and steal her thunder for a couple of years.


  4. Suing a pharmacy for $6 mil………………………… Chapter 11 next for her?????


    • Is Katherine Heigl’s reputation really worth $6 million?

      I’ve had a thing for Katherine Heigl since Roswell. She was several years older than me, and her breasts made her look like a genius of some kind–possibly a rocket scientist. Contradictory, when she made it big on Grey’s Anatomy, I began to lose interest in her, my teen infatuation abated by both the passage of time and the new hype that surrounded her.

      Recently the drugstore chain Duane Reade used Heigl’s image in an ad without her consent, and Heigl in turn sued–understandably. This begs the question: Is Katherine Heigl’s reputation still worth $6 million? If the drug store had done this above board, would Heigl have received $6 million for her endorsement? No, certainly not in 2013. This suit is to make herself look better, reminding us all of the charity set-up in memory of her late brother and that Katherine Heigl still exists.

      She is allegedly terrible to work with. She chain smokes. She was allegedly one of the driving forces to get Isaiah Washington fired from Grey’s. On the set of Roswell, she was frequently late, missing her call-time intentionally. Not because of some emergencies but because she respected the production so little that she didn’t even care to be on time. (This anecdote is from the interview that she gave in a 2006 FHM interview.) She was actually the biggest star on that WB show, it should be noted–having worked with both Gerard Deperdieu and Steven Seagal in Under Siege 2 (no–that was big)–and so it is easy to imagine why she thought she was gracing the teen sci-fi show with her presence. Her mother has been described as terrible too.

      Despite Heigl’s pluses–her apparently good marriage, her decision to adopt children, her sobriety. She might be totally loyal to her friends like TR Knight and her family (like many Mormons), she still manages to be seen as a pill. She does not work with actors more than once. Her greatest movie–Knocked Up–was derided by her, and she hasn’t worked with Judd Apatow since.

      The people you meet climbing the ladder of Hollywood success are the people you see during your downfall, and Heigl has been freefalling. This can be summed-up by one damaging assessment: In a 2013 Forbes article, she was linked to both Adam Sandler and Reese Witherspoon as the most overpaid stars in Hollywood. Hollywood will allow any matter of bitchiness or perversion, as long as the talent is commercial or critically successful.

      I think a career-revival is possible, though. Yes, her greatest work has since been voice-acting in the animated The Nut Job–although no one sees a talking squirrel movie for Katherine Heigl; they see it because squirrels are awesome. She’ll probably be returning to TV in the fall, although returning to TV can be seen as acknowledging defeat–but the low-point was still probably the Nyquil commercial, so the only place from here is up. (Oddly enough, the world didn’t need any more Katherine Heigl movies.) What remains of her career is to be seen.


  5. At one time I really liked Heigl — I thought she might be this generation’s Audrey Hepburn…OY, was I wrong! She’s got the looks and she’s got some talent, but none of the class or maturity of AH.

    You maybe forgot to add reports of Kathy H’s diva behavior on-set and I’ve read (natch, this might not be “fact”) that none of her leading men want to work with her again. Her problem, aside from being in lots of lame and bomb movies, for a former C-list actress, she acted like a spoiled, entitled bitch for all (inside and outside Duh Industry) to witness. As for that particular movie being “sexist,” DIDN’T SHE READ THE SCRIPT before filming?!? (I think Kate Jackson said similar stuff about her series “Charlie’s Angels.”) In that regard, KH is no different that assorted “actresses” that bemoan sexism and objectification-of-women after appearing nude or semi-nude in some magazine. (In other words, a fair-weather feminist.)

    The bottom line: Hollywood will put up with LOTS of Gorgonzola from an actor IF there’s a big payday attached to him/her…if not, well, then you see the “careers” of Heigl, Myers, Seagal, etc. She buried her career…back to TV, Kath.


    • You know, I didn’t find any good, juicy stories about onset antics. I’m sure they are out there. But I didn’t see any of her costars going on record talking about tantrums.

      While I actually agree that Knocked up was sort of sexist (and more so when you take into consideration all of Apatow’s other work) I think Rogen nailed it when he took her to task for The Ugly Truth. Of all the things Heigl has done, she wants to single out Knocked Up as kind of sexist. And then she poses for pictures like this.

      It’s fine for an actress to make a few bucks on her sexuality. But Heigl looks like a hypocrite when she complains about the mild sexism in a movie like Knocked Up and then makes a bunch of equally sexist rom coms or poses for cheesecake pics.


      • 8 Actors You Didn’t Know Hated Their Own Great Movies:

        Katherine Heigl Thinks That Knocked Up Is Sexist & Doesn’t Like The Character She Agreed To Play For All That Money

        Katherine Heigl is an actress, apparently, though you probably weren’t too sure about that because you’ve only seen one movie with her in it, and that movie was Knocked Up. The reason you haven’t seen anything else with Katherine Heigl in it? Because you saw the posters and you instinctively knew that they were terrible, because they were movies with Katherine Heigl in them. Anyway, Katherine Heigl doesn’t like Knocked Up, and she wants you to know that.

        I’ve got no problem with an actor or an actress coming out and saying that they don’t like a movie that they were in, but this one doesn’t feel right to me. In the aftermath of Knocked Up‘s release, Heigl went on to say: “[the movie] is 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.”

        For the record, I don’t think Knocked Up is sexist at all, but why did she agree to be in the movie and get paid money for doing it if she didn’t agree with the way it portrayed women? Seems a little fishy to me, almost like you don’t deserve to have an opinion, Katherine. Ironically, this is actually the best movie that she’s has ever been in, and the only one where she gives a tolerable and rather likable performance. She also went on to star in a terrible movie called The Ugly Truth, which was panned for being – wait for it – totally misogynist. Derp.


        • Why Acclaimed Director Peter Bogdanovich Doesn’t Like Knocked Up:

          Along with the likes of Martin Scorsese, William Friedkin, George Lucas, and others, Peter Bogdanovich is part of the American New Wave, directors in the late 1960s and early 1970s who came in and changed the cinema landscape. Also a film critic and historian, he’s no fan of modern comedies like Knocked Up and it’s ilk.

          Talking to Creative Screenwriting about his latest film, the throwback screwball comedy She’s Funny That Way, the interviewer asked about the differences between the kind of films that influenced his latest and the likes of contemporary comedy filmmakers like Judd Apatow. The Last Picture Show director replied:
          I don’t go to see too many of those, because I saw Knocked Up which I thought was ridiculous – she would never go with that guy, even if she was dead drunk. It’s a movie by people, I guess, who have wish fulfillment issues. A lot of the comedies are based on body fluid jokes or jokes about sperm in your hair. I’m not keen on that kind of comedy.

          That’s a pretty blunt, straightforward assessment, and it simply sounds like Bogdanovich isn’t a fan of the more foul-mouthed, raunchy style of R-rated comedy that has become so common these days (we have to assume that he probably didn’t go see Trainwreck). It is funny, however, that if you do a quick Google search, you can find a picture of Bogdanovich and Judd Apatow together at the premiere of Knocked Up, though from this statement, perhaps we can infer that hasn’t happened much in the interim.

          Starring Owen Wilson and Imogen Poots, She’s Funny That Way is set to open in a wider release this weekend after making the festival rounds. The latest from the What’s Up Doc? director focuses on a call girl (Poots) who is summoned to the hotel of a married Broadway director (Wilson). He has a weird fetish where, after he sleeps with a prostitute, he “rescues” them by giving them $30,000 to stop hooking and fulfill their dreams. Complications arise when, low and behold who should show up to audition for his next play, which stars his wife, but he lady of the evening he slept with.

          This sounds like a suitably screwball style set up for this kind of movie, though you have to admit it doesn’t sound that much less plausible that Katherine Heigl sleeping with Seth Rogen. Overall, the film has received largely negative reviews; some critics appreciated the nostalgic vibe, while others claim that’s all the film has, and even the handful of positive reviews are far from glowing and over the top with their praise.

          You can see it for yourself when She’s Funny That Way hits theaters on August 21, and as for Knocked Up, you can rent it from any number of outlets, or just wait until is pops up on cable, which it does multiple times a day.


      • Naming no names, but a friend of mine is a “crew-person” on movies and he said that he worked on a movie of Kath H’s and the crew COULDN’T STAND HER.

        And BRAVO!!! for digging up that cheesecake pic of KH’s…she looks, uh, yummy. But yeah, it makes her stand against “sexist” movies seem pretty hollow (if not downright BS).

        Too many actresses are against “objectification/exploitation of women” unless THEY are the ones being objectified.


        • Trust me, finding that picture didn’t take a lot of digging. It’s the internet after all. Sometimes, it’s finding the non-cheesecake pictures that is the challenge.

          I’m sure Heigl rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. I get the impression she’s pretty clueless about the way people respond to her. She’s so consumed with her own concerns she doesn’t seem to realize that everyone around her is bending over backwards to make her happy. The thing where she forced everyone on Grey’s Anatomy to work 17 hour days so she could go promote The Ugly Truth and then bitched about it on Letterman is a prime example. She should have realized what was going on.


        • Well to be fair.When have you not heard about a female actress,thats difficult to work with??
          I’m not saying its a lie by all means.But you never hear the same thing about guys.closest thing I¨ve heard is Kevin smith bad mouthing bruce willis.But Wills has watered out his name so much that,he’s movies are hardly worth watching


        • Bad Movie Beatdown (w/ Ursa): Killers (2010):

          Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl make a deadly duo in this tedious action rom-com, but can Film Brain and Ursa from Stuff You Like take them out? Contains strong language and moderate violence and sex references. This work is protected by Fair Use.


        • Bad Movie Beatdown: New Year’s Eve:

          In a holiday special, Film Brain takes on a film with eight different stories and a cast packed full of stars, all joined together by love on the titular day, that’s the cinematic equivalent of a tacky greetings card. Contains sex references and references to bereavement. This work is protected by Fair Use.


  6. If Val Kilmer is the king of WTHH, Katherine Heigl is certainly the queen.


    • 10 Actors Who Completely Wasted Their Careers:

      Katherine Heigl

      The beautiful Katherine Heigl became a star on the TV series Grey’s Anatomy, and while on the show she co-starred in the 2006 Judd Apatow comedy hit Knocked Up. Heigl seemed poised to follow in the romantic comedy footsteps of Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock with 27 Dresses and The Ugly Truth, but she started burning her bridges by complaining about the writing on Grey’s Anatomy and insulting Apatow by saying Knocked Up was “a little sexist.”

      Somewhat unfortunately for her image, the comments gave Heigl a reputation for being ungrateful.

      The romantic comedies that she has appeared in since, including Killers, New Year’s Eve, and One For the Money, have generally underperformed, and she also has the distinction of starring in the lowest grossing movie of all time, 2006′s Zyzzyx Road (which grossed $30).

      Add to that the persistent reports that she and her manager (her mom) are difficult to work with and it’s no surprise that her stardom imploded. Her latest work is a TV commercial for sleep medication, which sums up her current status appropriately.


      • 10 Ways Katherine Heigl Destroyed Her Own Career!

        Heigl called her first big movie “Knocked Up” – which was lauded by critics and helped her make the transition from television to the big screen – 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,” she told Vanity Fair.

        In 2008, the “Knocked Up” star turned down an opportunity to win an Emmy for her role in “Grey’s Anatomy” because the writing wasn’t good enough. “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,” Heigl said in a press release.

        In 2007, she criticized the producers of “Grey’s Anatomy” to Vanity Fair because she felt they changed her character to draw more ratings.

        She is suing a drugstore, Duane Reade, for $6 million for using a paparazzi photo of her shopping there on Twitter. “Use of plaintiff’s image under these circumstances improperly exploited plaintiff’s name and likeness, as a celebrity, for defendant’s commercial advertising and purposes of trade, without authorization,” the lawsuit said.

        The “27 Dresses” star is rumored to be incredibly difficult on set. One source said, “She can cost you time every single day of shooting. Wardrobe issues, not getting out of the trailer, questioning the script every single day.”

        When she was promoting the movie “27 Dresses” overseas, Heigl allegedly acted like a diva. “There were movie-star demands – big rooms, the mother there, all the stuff. ‘We need the presidential suite at The Bristol!’ It was just a sense of entitlement. The biggest stars don’t do that kind of thing,” a source said.

        In 2010, “The Killers” star’s publicist quit. Although Heigl has never opened about what prompted her publicist to quit, most people believe it was because of her diva-like behavior.

        For her new independent project “Jenny’s Wedding,” Heigl and the film’s producers started an Indigogo campaign to raise $150,000 to fund post-production. When asked if she would make up the difference if the campaign wasn’t successful, the actress said that she couldn’t because she hasn’t earned much in the last few years. Many people believe this is because she has burned too many bridges in Hollywood.

        The “One For the Money” actress mentioned in 2012 that she would love to return to “Grey’s Anatomy” to see what her character Izzy was up to, but that interest wasn’t reciprocated by the producers of the show.

        Heigl didn’t get on too well with Sofia Vergara, her co-star from the movie “New Year’s Eve.” “Katherine’s always complaining about having to stand outside in the cold for long periods of time, and Sofia can’t stand her whining. Finally, Sofia told her to be grateful that she has the role in the first place. That clearly didn’t go over well,” an insider said.


  7. 10 Misguided Career Moves Made By Talented Actors:

    Katherine Heigl Insulting Everyone Talented She Works With

    Katherine Heigl might’ve been known to many for her work on the TV show Grey’s Anatomy, but as a straight male with no interest in mawkish, poorly written hospital serials (meow!), it wasn’t until she showed up in Judd Apatow’s uproarious comedy Knocked Up that I began to take notice. Boasting a sure charismatic appeal and being, well, freaking gorgeous, the film made her a star, though it wasn’t long before she began to basically sabotage her own career by way of her own oversized mouth.

    Heigl noted that the film ”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…Why is this how you’re portraying women?” While this in itself might be a fair complaint – Seth Rogen’s character is much more likable – Heigl hasn’t exactly gone about acting on what she preached.

    Just look at her filmography; every single film since has seen Heigl playing a stereotypically batty, ditzy, annoying, moany or incompetent “shrew” as she puts it, while her work on Knocked Up was easily the most nuanced and gender-balanced of her career to date.
    Sure, she could come back from this nadir, but she’s become so unlikable as a result that hopefully her star will just quietly fade from now on.


    • 10 Famous Actors Who Decided To Turn On Their Own Movies:

      Knocked Up – Katherine Heigl

      Katherine Heigl awoke one morning and decided that she would turn on Judd Apatow’s movie Knocked Up, not because it was bad or anything (it’s actually the best movie in her filmography), but because she suddenly didn’t agree with the way it portrayed women. That’s fine, I guess, but why did she agree to be in the movie in the first place? She reads the script and she gets paid and only afterwards she decides that she should get all feminist and turn against it? For me, that doesn’t ring very true, and I don’t think her decision was a wise one at all.

      “It’s a little sexist,” she said. “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.” Both Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen were rightly annoyed at her comments, which do come across as super hypocritical when you see that pretty much every movie that she’s agreed to star in afterwards (The Ugly Truth, anyone?) is misogynist as hell. I guess she just wanted a bit of extra attention on that day or something.


    • 10 Actors Who Are Box Office Poison:

      Katherine Heigl

      Notable Flops: Killers ($98.1m against $75m), One for the Money (ironically titled, it pulled in just $36.8m against a $40m budget), and The Big Wedding ($35.7m against a $32m budget).

      This one’s actually pretty easy to work out; Heigl has unfortunately not done herself many favors by simply coming across as so unlikable in interviews, criticizing Judd Apatow despite him being the prime reason for her fame (by casting her in Knocked Up), and complaining about her work on Grey’s Anatomy. Unlike most actors on this list – and it might sound childish to say it – this is one who many might actually take a little pleasure in seeing fail.

      Upcoming Projects: Animated flick The Nub Job is her best effort at scoring a box office win, yet though its budget is only $45m, this will likely be reflected in a rudimentary animation style, which could turn kids off. A modest hit is possible, but a lack of A-list names (other than Liam Neeson) could severely hold this one back.


      • 9 Actors You Can’t Believe Are Still Getting Work:

        Katherine Heigl

        There’s really no reason why this woman is still being forced upon audiences. She’s shown Hollywood that she can’t headline a movie, and that her uptight screen persona isn’t the sort of thing you want to see in film after film. She got some seriously bad press from the cast and crew of Grey’s Anatomy, and has kind of a bad reputation stemming from her time working with the Judd Apatow crew. People in Hollywood have long memories. When you see an actor who has collaborated on several quality projects with the same director, that usually tells you something – they’re probably not the most difficult person in the world to work with. After all, why would a director put themselves through hell twice?

        Likewise, when you see directors refusing to work with actors that have been in their previous films, that’s usually a red flag. After slagging off Knocked Up, the film that got her a tremendous amount of exposure, and famously not being asked to appear in the sequel This is 40, I’m shocked that directors are willing to take a chance on her. Especially considering the limited return on their investment.

        Last Decent Film: 2007′s Knocked Up


  8. Excellent article as usual, Lebeau. I’m by no means a fan of hers but as soon as I saw her on here I thought “Great choice!” I first became aware of her through Knocked Up, like so many people (I never watched Grey’s Anatomy). I was only peripherally aware of her prior to 2007 because Grey’s Anatomy was a huge hit for a couple years already, and going over her career here I had no idea she had been around for such a long time before becoming famous. Good lord, did she do a ton of third-rate horror and genre movies and tv stuff before becoming famous! If any of that stuff had done well, I could see her easily having become a Scream Queen movie star instead of the Rom Com Queen, the evidence is right there in her filmography except none of it hit.

    Interesting that I actually own a movie of hers.. from the mid 90’s. Yep, I was a Steven Seagal fan back then (I’m one of those people that really enjoyed your write up of Seagal a while ago) and I bought Under Siege 2 on VHS back in the day, I didn’t know until now that was a young Heigl as Seagal’s niece in that. I watched the Under Siege 2 trailer you attached, and it made me laugh. The voiceover guy states over the action shots “Last time he rocked the boat….. (get it, a reference to the first Under Siege, which took place ON A BOAT! clever, right?), this time, the sky’s the limit!” Ummmm, wait, what? This takes place on a train, what does being on a train the whole movie have to do with the sky? That’s not clever! That makes no sense!!! The fact that made no sense made me laugh.


    • I’m glad you liked it. I have to give credit for the choice to Robert from the Le Blog FB page. I have never been a Heigl fan. Like you, the only two things I have seen were Knocked Up and Under Siege 2. And like you, I didn’t realize she was in US2. I was actually working on an article for a different subject when Robert contacted me on FB. He wanted to write his own article on Heigl. I agreed and set him up with access. He had some trouble actually getting access to the site, so he just sent me his article. My intent was to post the article as-is and just add pictures and clips. But I couldn’t do that. Apologies, Robert. I basically ended up rewriting the whole thing. The more I researched, the more I rewrote until eventually I had written a completely new article. So I have to credit Robert with the suggestion and the preliminary research. This article would not have been posted if it weren’t for his contributions.

      I had the exact same reaction to the US2 trailer. Rocked the boat? I get it. The sky’s the limit? What? I also miss the trailer voice over guy.


    • Shonda Rhimes: Katherine Heigl is never coming back to Grey’s Anatomy:

      Asked to give the Izzie storyline closure, Rhimes says: “I’m done with that story. I’ve turned that idea over in my mind a thousand times and thought about how it would go. And I don’t think so.”


  9. I always enjoy these articles so much. I am mildly curious though…have you ever been contacted by one of your subjects (or their “people”)?


    • Sean Young has stopped by. Her thoughts are still in the comments section of that article. Just to make it easier on folks, I also included them at the end of the article. She was not a fan. 😉

      A supposed friend of Val Kilmer’s also dropped by. He said Kilmer was aware of us and that we were unfair. We have also heard from some folks about the Lacey Chabert article because of cyber stalker activity. The Nicole Kidman article also brought out a cyber stalker. But those comments have all been deleted.

      We’ve had a couple of mentions on Twitter. Never from the subject, but from friends, relatives and co=-stars. Kim Basinger’s daughter wasn’t too impressed with our take on her mom. Not that I blame her.

      I am always willing to give the subjects of these articles the last say. If any of them wants to drop in and tear me a new one, feel free.


      • Peter Fonda actually responded when I sent the WTHHT article about his daughter Bridget on Twitter. I’ll admit, that was very nervous when I discovered that Mr. Fonda responded to me, because I immediately assumed that I had totally negative connotations regarding his daughter. Peter Fonda was actually pretty cool about the whole thing, saying that Bridget was busy being a great wife and mother.


        • That was cool of Mr. Fonda!

          One of the things I like about this blog/forum is that it’s not excessively mean-spirited or excessively snark-filled…to use an old saw, youse/yez guys call a spade a spade. If a movie was/is a bomb, there it is; if someone acts like a jerk or goofy, it’s said plainly. OF COURSE the subject isn’t going to take too kindly to it — after all, in this world, it’s never “I” that’s acting like an a**hole, it’s always someone else, just like prisons are filled with innocent or misunderstood people. And if they want to sign-in and tell their side(s) of the story, Moe power to ’em!


        • That’s the goal. I won’t claim to be fair. But I try and cover both sides of the story. Yes, we’re going to cover the warts. But we’re also going to look at what made the subject a success to begin with. Yes, there will be snark. But I make sure to get my facts as accurate as possible.

          If you read about Katherine Heigl on most sites, it’s about what a monster she is. Truth is, she had some points. She just went about making them in entirely the wrong way. I try to tone down some the hyperbole while also having some fun at the subject’s expense.


        • re: Truth is, she had some points. She just went about making them in entirely the wrong way.

          It’s not necessarily what one says but how one says it. ALL OF US have varying axes to grind, but when one sounds like an entitled brat whilst grinding, well…


        • Yep. Easy Rider scored a couple points with that response.


      • You should let Kilmer’s friend know that I’ve written a “more fair” article. Val and I have tweeted back and forth, which on the internet makes us BFFs. Obviously.


        • Obviously. 😉 Did you tweet about your article?

          You can take “more fair” out of quotes. You article is objectively more fair than mine.


  10. Yeah, Heigl really did sabotage her own career. Not only did she earn a reputation as a whiny ingrate (a problem since rom-coms require likable leads), she also burned bridges with everyone who could have helped her once her career started to cool.

    Had she been more diplomatic not only could she have returned to Grey’s Anatomy she could also have taken any of the roles that, say, Rose Byrne has played in the Apatow/Rogen films.

    I will credit her this though; to go from make $12 million a picture to being basically unhirable in less 4 years is pretty darn impressive.


    • The Nyquil commercial is just shocking. The 15-second commerical doesn’t even make the slightest use of Heigl or her quote-unqoute “starpower” either, it’s the type of nothing bit a complete unknown actress will do to earn a couple bucks to pay the rent. Since she doesn’t even have a speaking part in the commercial, and it’s not coming off as a “celebrity endorsement”, what could she possibly have been paid for this? Could it be anything more than what an unknown actress would get for doing a day’s work pretending to be sleeping then waking up and stretching after a good night’s sleep?


      • I would have to think it was more. But not what you would expect from an actress who was pulling down 12 million dollars a picture just a few short years ago. It was a shocking move and speaks a lot to her current status.


      • My impression is that it’s the kind of payday that could support a single actor living a meager lifestyle in L.A. for most of a year. Still chump change for someone with her profile. Also, I doubt she’s maintained a modest budget.


        • Wonder if Chapter 11 is next for her,’specially with the suit with that pharmacy for $6 mil


        • That does scream “desperation” about as loud as anything can.


        • She only had one or two movies at $12 million- that might be the worst psychologically- she could have thought she was A list and spent it all.

          I know that one very famous actress was basically broke a few years back- when I asked her friend how that was possible- she said “she spent it!”

          Of course Nick Cage wins for that special bit of insanity- although I read that he might be clear right about now- but he was making 4 movies a year for a while. Heigl wishes she got those opportunities.


        • I see an opportunity to point out once again how Hollywood is unfair to actresses. Yes, Heigl made her own bed. But actors are given a much wider margin of error.


        • She only had one or two movies at $12 million- that might be the worst psychologically- she could have thought she was A list and spent it all.

          It wouldn’t shock me. She was was a 28 year old who was pulling in huge paychecks and was in a position (or at least believed she was) to walk away from a hit TV series.

          Plus, her public statements indicate she may not have the best self control.


        • At that point, there was no reason for her to think she was anything but the next Meg Ryan. And to an extent, she was. Her reign as Queen of the Rom Com just wasn’t a decade long.


    • 10 Actors Who Clearly Didn’t Learn Anything From Past Mistakes:

      1. Katherine Heigl

      Right around 2007 Katherine Heigl seemed poised to take over the world: not only was she one of the stars of Grey’s Anatomy, and became one of the leads in the Apatow opus Knocked Up. In that film the world was not only transfixed by this woman’s obvious beauty, but somehow bought into the idea that her character would not only sleep with a paunchy schlub like Seth Rogen, but would stay with him to boot.

      Of course, the years have come and gone since that auspicious beginning and indeed much has changed. There are no more loutish manchildren paired with Heigl; films like 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth, and Life As We Know It saw the lady trade up for a slew of more chiseled, yet ultimately more interchangeable male co-stars. On one hand this is maybe a good thing: the trope of a beautiful, fit women being paired with a slovenly, slacker idiot is as tiring, sexist and entrenched as anything in pop culture, but the stories surrounding Heigl’s various pairings with Beefcake #1 or Beefcake #2 are so prescriptive to rom-com formula that any sort of creative progression for her career has been ultimately thwarted.

      What’s worse is that after getting mauled repeatedly by the critics and ignored by audiences (Higel’s latest effort, The Big Wedding, flopped predictably) the actress seems to have not learned her lesson (she has a couple of films coming up that seem hardly promising). Not a good place to be for someone with a career on life support.


  11. Your writing style just makes my day, Leb. And for the record I’m not overly enthralled with Apatow (he’s OK…I just don’t think brilliant) and totally share Heigl’s opinion of knocked Up. Still, Apatow isn’t giving me a paycheck so it’s a bit different having her say it……


  12. For me the problem was that she obtain a perception of being a bit of a b**ch through the Knocked Up fallout and how she ending things with Greys Anatomy etc.. Women don’t want to see romantic comedies when they think the lead is supposedly not very nice as they can’t relate. Same thing with Meg Ryan. Was Americas Sweetheart and the romantic comedy queen. Then Russel Crowe happened and the audience turned.


  13. Kath’s new drama has been scooped up by NBC……


    • In defense of Katherine Heigl:

      Katherine Heigl is coming back to our TV screens – which really means that tweets and articles complaining about Katherine Heigl are coming back to our computer screens.

      On Tuesday, NBC announced that it had ordered the political drama State of Affairs – starring Heigl as a top CIA analyst. This marks Heigl’s first return to TV after leaving Grey’s Anatomy in 2010. That era cemented Heigl’s bad reputation — one that isn’t totally merited.

      Let’s go over her offenses: In 2007, after headlining Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up and rocketing from TV actress to film star, Heigl told Vanity Fair that the movie is “a little sexist.” “It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys,” Heigl said. “Why is this how you’re portraying woman?”

      One year later, Heigl withdrew her name from the 2008 Emmy race, saying she felt like Grey’s hadn’t given her good enough material to warrant an award. This sparked a slew of Grey’s-related drama, including Heigl’s eventual — and abrupt — departure from the show in 2010.

      Slagging on Grey’s was not the smoothest move. Understandably, it turned some people off — though what Heigl did was hardly toxic enough to justify the backlash she generated. Although Heigl made a major dig at the Grey’s writers, her honesty was also refreshing. (Also? The George/Izzie stuff in season 4 was kind of awful.) Sure, you could interpret Heigl as a jerk — but she might also just be a person with high standards. (Or both.)

      Heigl’s comments blew up because some fans don’t want to accept that actors are real people with real thoughts and real opinions. It’s easy to think that every star is who they seem to be in interviews. But, because these stars are humans, it’s possible — it’s inevitable — that some of them aren’t always as sweet as they come off. So when someone like Heigl comes along and speaks her mind bluntly instead of sticking to a promotional script, everyone is startled. And it’s not her fault — it’s ours. In a 2010 New York Times story, Heigl addressed her reputation, saying, “Do they want a fierce woman or milquetoast? Should I be me, or should I pretend to be something I think people want?” That’s the thing: She shouldn’t have to pretend.

      It’s only natural to want to love the people who play the characters we love. But idealizing celebrities shouldn’t mean rejecting them when they go off of some preconceived script. True, Heigl could just be a diva — and that’s probably what Heigl-haters want to believe. But even if she is, she’s not trying to hide it. And that in itself — that refusal to sugarcoat herself – is worth respect, especially in an industry where so few stars ever say what they really think. We punish Heigl for calling a movie she was in “a little bit sexist” — which implies that sexism shouldn’t be pointed out. Essentially, we promote silence by wishing Heigl stayed silent.

      And, no matter what she says offscreen, it’s undeniable that Heigl is talented. She won an Emmy in 2007 for her work on Grey’s and turned Izzie into one of the show’s most interesting characters — back in the days when the show was full of them. Though her focus has been on movies more recently, Heigl’s years-long Grey’s run was her most powerful role to date, proving that TV may be where she belongs — and meaning State of Affairs could be the project that brings Heigl back in favor.

      Heigl may not have Jennifer Lawrence’s lovable quirkiness; she may not have Lupita Nyong’o’s gracious decorum. But she does have the stones to say what’s on her mind, even if what’s on her mind isn’t promoting her latest movie. That’s something to appreciate — and it’s reason enough to be excited about her return to TV.


      • re: We punish Heigl for calling a movie she was in “a little bit sexist” — which implies that sexism shouldn’t be pointed out. Essentially, we promote silence by wishing Heigl stayed silent.

        Uh, sorry, but I must disagree. It’s not that the Collective We (well, some of we) don’t want sexism to be pointed out — it’s the fair-weather feminism that it springs from. If this role was so darn “sexist,” WHY DID SHE TAKE IT IN THE FIRST PLACE?!? If she’s so against sexism (as well we should all be, really), why then take so many cute-gal roles in silly sexist rom-coms? Or why POSE FOR PHOTOS where Kath flaunts her scantily-clad feminine attributes for mass media? Like some (very) pretty actresses, Kath decries the exploitation of female sexuality in this society WHILE EXPLOITING HER OWN PHYSICAL BEAUTY when it’s convenient for her to do so. In other words, she’s gnashing her teeth about sexism all the way to the bank.

        I think it’s her HYPOCRISY that so many people find galling.


        • Last night, I turned on the TV and The Killers was on. I was putting on a show for the girls, so my nine-year old was standing there. Heigl was wearing a bra and panties and flirting with Kutcher. Josie’s immediate response, “Uh, gross.” I hit the menu button so I could find the show she wanted to watch. The Killers was then minimized to a tiny portion of the screen while I went about the business of finding the kids’ show. As I was doing so, Kutcher was cupping and kissing each of Heigl’s boobs. Score one for feminism.


      • PS: While it is GOOD to be “outspoken” and be willing to say what one really feels, sometimes it’s HOW that opinion is expressed can be “contentious.” I don’t agree with everything Bill Maher, PJ O’Rourke, or Michael Moore say, but I respect their (informed) opinions and they are as “outspoken” as they come. (PJO’R is indeed a conservative but he’s far from the idiocy of Ann Coulter.) It also helps to have a POINT that’s beyond yourself.

        Kath Heigl — and the outspoken Joan Rivers for that matter — come off as stereotypical spoiled, self-serving “celebrities.”


    • Terrific news for Heigl. I hope she makes the most of her second chance. Those are too few in life.


  14. jeffthewildman

    No comments on trashing former directors though.


    • Katherine Heigl feels betrayed by her acting career:–201427

      As she prepares to return to TV in “State of Affairs,” Heigl addresses the backlash against her, which included negative reaction to her stint on “Grey’s Anatomy.” “The thing that was my best friend for a long time (my career) suddenly turned on me. And I didn’t expect it,” she tells Marie Claire UK. “I was taken by surprise and angry at it for betraying me.”


      • POOR KATH!!!! And all this time I thought the state of her career was because of her being an ungrateful, ungracious, entitled mega-bitch that talked s**t on the TV show and movie that saved her from the C-List, not to mention being so difficult to work with that FEW IN HOLLYWOOD WANT TO WORK WITH HER again. Not to mention starring in lots of lame movies, which tends to have a negative effect on ANY career.


        • These “difficult to work with” posts are as redundant as they are grating. How do you know anyone is difficult to work with, unless you worked with them? What’s your source for these continuing accusations? Gossip columns are not sources.
          Moreover, as a movie fan, I couldn’t care less about how difficult a performer might have been to work with. I only care about the level of artistry that is brought to the screen. If a great performance is the result of someone being difficult, I say GOOD on them. On the other hands, if they did something unethical behind the scenes, then prove it, hold it up to the light. but it usually isn’t all that simple. Life’s accomplishments are not easy. Oftentimes, someone taking an ethical or high road might result in some pretty nasty labels being placed on them by people who don’t want to go that route. I’m not saying that applies here or in any other case I don’t know about. I am saying climb out of that box, unpack it and quit focusing so much on gossip and think more about that person’s contributions.


        • I think in this case, it’s a pretty fair assessment.

          Linda Fiorentino has a reputation for being “difficult”. I went out to look for people who went on record and the only one I found was Kevin Smith. I still suspect where there is smoke, there’s fire. But I think much was made out of Smith’s comments. So I’m not comfortable sticking her with the “difficult” label without more to go on.

          But in Heigl’s case, I can find quite a few people who have not-so-nice things to say about her. That’s more rare than you would think. Usually, people in Hollywood don’t trash their co-stars publicly. I don’t think you have to have witnessed Heigl’s behavior to come to the conclusion that she’s not always the best collaborator and it negatively impacted her career.


        • PS: Naming no names, I know a person that was among the crew on one of her films — this person said she was mos def NOT LIKED on-set.


        • well you guys have insider knowledge, that I don’t. I’m not trying to change anyone’s mind so much as offering a different take on things. You might be 100% correct. Or sometimes there is more to a situation than meets the eye.


        • And you may well be correct, and I still am not willing to reach judgment on actors and actresses in that sphere unless there is something concrete to go on. I remember turning 40, and being glad that everything I did and said when I was 30 wasn’t held up to the light. Ditto 50/40. ditto last week. The point being, most of us have the luxury of living past things we say and do, cause we are not celebrities in the public arena… granted, we don’t get the bucks for it either. I get that…. and I’m also not reaching any conclusion on KH one way or the other. Again you might be right. But given the bullying culture that is so part and parcel of workplaces, how do I know that Hollywood is any different? How do I know that someone is labeled difficult maybe because they didn’t play along with bullies? I don’t. So all that is why I prefer to focus on the work.


        • I definitely understand your point of view on this one. I am more interested in the work than the personal stories behind it. But you really can’t answer the question “What the hell happened to Katherine Heigl” without addressing some of her controversial behavior.

          Some of it is indisputable. It’s on record. Even Heigl owns up to it. Grey’s Anatomy was a huge TV show that made her a star. She went back to the table and renegotiated her contract for a big pay raise. In exchange, she agreed to an extension of her contract. Then she went on national TV and blasted the show for making them work long hours – although it later came out that the long hours were to facilitate her demands for a weekend off.

          Not long after renegotiating her contract, Knocked Up came out and made Heigl a movie star. She decided not to honor her contract. She went out on maternity leave and agreed to come back and finish the current season. She was obligated to stay on the show beyond that, but the show opted to let her out of her contract very early. You don’t have to read between the lines to understand why.

          Then Heigl starts giving interviews where she is critical of the movie that gave her the clout to leave her hit show. She has a point, but it’s not a smart career move. And it reinforced the image that she is entitled and ungrateful for the opportunities that have been afforded her.

          Eventually, her movie career tanks. She comes back on bended knee asking for her old TV job back. It would certainly have been a ratings win for Grey’s to bring her back on the show. But they refused. Again, no need to read between the lines. They didn’t think Heigl was worth the hassle despite the obvious benefit to them.

          I don’t think it’s unfair to examine those choices or even to make the conclusion that she was difficult. It certainly impacted her career. But she has another chance. Hopefully she has learned from past mistakes and doesn’t repeat them. Age brings wisdom as you point out. Time will tell how much Heigl has learned.


        • Thanks for bringing me back down to earth, Lebeau. Every once in a while I get carried away trying to correct injustice in the universe and go off on a tangent.


        • lol

          That’s not without merit. The internet gets carried away with the tarring and feathering from time to time. I am sometimes taken aback by the glee with which some people like to kick celebrities while they are down. It’s good to remember that they are people too. And I think it is right to point out that Heigl made these choices when she was young and foolish. I don’t know that I would have handled being rich and famous any better than she did at that age. These are all valid points and I’m glad someone is making them.


        • re: And I think it is right to point out that Heigl made these choices when she was young and foolish. I don’t know that I would have handled being rich and famous any better than she did at that age.

          I hear ya, but let’s not bend over backwards to excuse “bad” behavior. That gives some folks an “easy way out” to not take responsibility for their behavior/actions: “Aw, I wasn’t being a ‘jerk,’ I was just YOUNG!” We all do less-than-swell stuff when we’re under 30, but not all of ’em can be attributed to chronological age.


        • Also true.

          I do think I would have handled it better. I couldn’t have handled it much worse. 😉


        • Well, IMO in Heigl’s case, whether she was difficult or not is not the main problem although a rep like that certainly doesn’t help. If she is still putting butts in cinema seats, they would find a way to accommodate her behaviour, if it was indeed difficult. But IMO, with her scathing remarks about the projects that brought her to the A-list, she actually alienated her audience and that is a bigger problem. I mean, when she trashed Knocked Up, to some extent, she also indirectly criticized everyone who might have enjoyed watching it. And also, it also creates a feeling of “if the performer himself/herself says the movie is bad, why should I watch it or any future project since by his/her own admission, he/she doesn’t always pick good movies to star in.”

          Fairly or unfairly, how a performer is perceived by the public does impact their drawing power and the gossip does sometimes explain the career decline. I think in the case of Mel Gibson or Lindsay Lohan, it probably tells at least 80% of the story. Comparing Heigl to those two is probably unfair, she didn’t so anything quite that bad. But once the public has antipathy towards a performer, their chances at the A-list is pretty much done, IMO.


        • Very true.

          If Heigl had made better movies, no one would have cared about her on set behavior. And it’s not just that Heigl burned bridges with people who could have potentially hired her. She alienated audiences as well. The way she left Grey’s left a lot of that show’s fans angry with her. Then she insults her most popular movie and indirectly insults all the people who liked it. Why would they want to buy tickets to her increasingly bland rom coms after that?


        • 9 Celebrities Who Committed Career Suicide!

          1. Katherine Heigl

          Things were going really well for Katherine Heigl several years ago. She had a role on the hit show “Grey’s Anatomy,” she was in the processing of becoming the next rom-com queen and was well respected in the industry. Sadly, her big mouth and lousy attitude seem to have totally derailed her career. After publicly insulting the writing on “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Knocked Up” – both of which helped launch her career – most of her movies have tanked at the box office and no one really wants to work with her.


        • 12 Bitchiest Movie Stars In Hollywood:

          Katherine Heigl

          Katherine Heigl’s acting career reads something like a comical self-help book entitled, How to Ruin Your Acting Career in 10 Easy Steps. When Heigl co-stared beside Seth Rogen in Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up, many saw her as a rising actress in comedy. Instead, Heigl dissed the film after its release, calling it “sexist” and “not funny.”

          She didn’t stop there. Heigl went on to pull a stunt at the 2008 Emmy Awards, which should be called Marlon Brando’s Littlefeather 2.0. She withdrew herself from an Emmy nomination, stating the material Grey’s Anatomy had given her that season was not good enough for consideration.

          Heigl’s diva antics finally backfired when she was paired with Sofia Vergara in the movie New Year’s Eve. Her constant complaining on set began to wear thin with her fellow actress until finally Vergara snapped, releasing on Heigl every ounce of her Latin fury.


        • Oh no no no. Her career betrayed her whatever the hell that means!


      • Her career betrayed her? Now I have heard everything!

        Did her career walk her ass off one of the top-rated shows on TV after renegotiating for a big raise? I don’t think so.


        • Her career betrayed her? What the hell does that even mean??? Isn’t she in charge of her own career? Did her career bully her into making bad decisions?


        • What she means by “career betrayed me” is: “Golly, the state of my career isn’t my fault at all!”

          Cripes, I’m SURE there are MANY actresses that could HONESTLY say that — as a music nerd, I know of MANY musicians/performers that have more talent in their toenails that Justin Bleebler has in his whole wretched body but these people can’t “catch a break” — they’ve released fine records on major labels that didn’t sell well and so were shown the door My point, if I have one: Kath H had breaks and opportunities that many performers would kill for and she p*ssed them away by being an entitled diva/jerk. Now she has to eat crow/humble pie and return to TV in the manner of David Caruso (another guy whose movie “career” sank post-hit TV show).


        • Craig Hansen

          That’s certainly how it comes off to my ear. In other words, Heigl feels betrayed that Hollywood-at-large suddenly turned its collective back on her, after she made so much money for them for several years. She became un-hirable in film, possibly (or probably) due to her reputation. According to industry insiders who spoke with The Hollywood Reporter in a 2013 article, she was deemed “not worth working with” due to her difficult reputation and demands.

          It sounds like she blames the Hollywood system for her career’s demise and not herself, despite the reputation she developed for being difficult to work with inside the industry. I would have a whole lot more respect for her if she at least appeared to be humble and just say the fame game got the better of her but she’s on more solid ground now, or something to that effect. But, nah, “my career betrayed me” is her takeaway.


        • re: I would have a whole lot more respect for her if she at least appeared to be humble and just say the fame game got the better of her but she’s on more solid ground now, or something to that effect. But, nah, “my career betrayed me” is her takeaway.

          I’ve heard/read it’s like with guys (and gals) in jail: Nearly everybody got a bad break or is a “victim” of society and/or a cold, uncaring system. It’s a very common human failing: “[bad thing that happened to me] is everyone’s fault but mine.”

          This “betrayal” she speaks of makes her sound like another “victim” that lives in a darn nice house and is overpaid for pretending to be someone she is not. She had a good thing going but she p*ssed it away, end of story.


        • Happy 4th of July

          I’d rather be remembered for saying “My career betrayed me” than for many of the things people have said here. It’s a bit ironic really that some throwaway statement of an actress could get people so full of venom. She has the same freedom of speech to sound dumb that we all do. Why get so riled up over that? I would be more inclined to join in your collective judgment, if I knew she did something to hurt someone, for example. So she’s a diva. So you have friends who can’t get a job in the business. Do any of you really still think life is fair? I save my rage for the guy who killed his baby by leaving him in an SUV all day in the sun.


        • Thread: Actors Hollywood Tried to Make Happen: Indiewire’s List:

          For a short period of time (roughly from 2007-2010), she was a legitimate star who has actually made it, who starred in films that were significant financial hits and that used her star power as a major factor in their marketing. You might credit Knocked Up to Apatow, which would be fair enough, but Heigl alone sold films like “27 Dresses” and “The Ugly Truth”, which were also major hits overseas (a rare feat for American romantic comedies). In fact, both films actually made more abroad than they did in the United States!

          What was really Heigl’s downfall was how absolutely poorly she handled her exit from Grey’s Anatomy, the show which initially brought her initial success (and an Emmy!). I think Heigl certainly thought that her momentary success was the harbinger of much bigger things to come (“I’m the next Julia Roberts!”, which is, of course, a paraphrase of her internal monologue), but I think the public, fairly or not, wised up to her egotism and the appearance of her seeming to “bite the hand that feeds you” and turned their backs on her.

          The fact that she has, of late, also selected abysmal projects with poor scripts (“Killers”, “New Year’s Eve”, “One For the Money”) certainly contributed. She really needed a breakout, quality hit (much like Roberts in “Pretty Woman” or Hathaway in “The Princess Diaries” or McAdams in “The Notebook”) in order to secure her place and she never seemed willing or able to find it. There are certainly careers to be made by starring in these kinds of movies, but I think you eventually have to find one that will resonate on a deeper level for America to give you a pass when you phone it again for your next picture.


    • To be fair, I don’t think she ever called out Apatow personally. She just slammed the movie that made her a star. And indirectly, the guy who made it. Although Apatow always seemed to take the implied criticism lightly. At least in public.

      She might have fared better if she had mixed it up a little. Although really, I don’t think the genre was the problem. If her movies had been better, she would have stayed on top. It’s not that she made rom coms. It’s that she made bad rom coms.


  15. Why don’t anybody really say what Kate is
    2000’s version of Sean Young some type diva Narasstic
    behavior etc. Kate should never been a actress her personatily is more
    fitting working at the DMV.


    • That’s not exactly fair, as:

      KH = spoiled, entitled, full of s**t, diva

      SY = not to be a meanie, but Young has…concerns.

      If Kath H doesn’t clean up her act, the DMV or infomercials may really be next. She’s p*ssed off SO many people that no one want to work with her…and it’s her fault.


      • Heigl is getting the kind of 2nd chance that is extremely rare in life. I will be interested to see what she makes if it.


        • I don’t think she’s gotten off to a great start so far, with the “betrayed by my career” comment. It’s not the most terrible comment to make, but it kind of leaves me wondering if she’s learnt anything at all.

          IMO, the best career advice anyone could give her at this point would be not to do any candid interviews. Questions should be submitted in advance, and she should go over them with a publicist/manager (a proper one, not just her mom) to decide how she should respond.


        • Agreed. She shouldn’t be playing the victim card. Frankly, she just needs to put the past in the past and concentrate on this great second chance she has been given.


    • How do you really feel?


  16. I agree you with Kate ,but it’s not all her fault. I believe she was forced into acting by
    Mommy Dearest . If Kate was smart she should dump her mother as her manager
    ASAP. She not doing her any real good. Or quit the business totally.
    She has attitude I don’t want be here all the time.
    With Sean Young she wanted act , at first the drive was their.
    Now it’s just a pay check. I don’t think she had any luck in years because of her antics.
    There were worse behaved women actresses in 20’s and 30’s
    Some actually got away with murder and still offered roles .
    Kate has a pretty face etc. But her voice is sort dead pan sounds somewhat german.
    Maybe if she was Soap Opera ? she might become better actress.
    Right now she’s burned too many bridges “Hollywood” rarely foregives.


    • re: “Hollywood” rarely foregives

      THAT’s for sure….unless of course there’s money to be made. If KH’s films made money, Hollyweird would cut her slack on her BS…same as with Mike Myers.


      • Myers has been flirting with a comeback lately. He teased last fall about making another Austin Powers. He’s been giving a lot of interviews this summer. I think Hollywood might be willing to give him another chance to see if there is still some cash to be made.

        That’s basically what’s going on with Heigl. She still has a name. She hasn’t let her looks go. If her show is a hit, she could make her way back. Probably not to the A-list or as a movie star. But she could find redemption. Stranger things have happened.


        • Craig Hansen

          Yes. Look at David Caruso for a prime example. He made a huge mistake leaving NYPD Blue for a potential film career (by the way, Kiss Of Death was a box office flop but I actually enjoyed it), but after a few years he came back to tv and enjoyed a long-lasting run on CSI: Miami for 10 good years. 99.9% of actors would kill to have even that level of success.

          If Heigl’s new tv show were to catch on and last for some years, she could yet still have a very successful career and make a fortune. Heigl’s made some mistakes, but I wouldn’t count her out yet.

          Oh, and by the way, since I mentioned David Caruso: I looked him up on IMDB and I was shocked to see that he was only on NYPD Blue for just one season: wow, I thought he was on there longer than one year before venturing out for a movie career. I mean, Kiss Of Death was enjoyable and all even if it flopped, but did he really have that much faith that it was going to be some huge hit to leave a hit show (and a nice paycheck) like he did back then? Makes ya wonder….


        • Heigl is kind of the Caruso of her times. Although Caruso made that jump awfully fast and with no safety net. I liked Kiss of Death too, but there was nothing about that movie or Jade that screamed out “sure thing”. He should have hung around a few seasons until he had made the transition to the big screen. See Clooney for how it is done.


        • You’re right: Kiss Of Death was enjoyable, but there was nothing at all that screamed out “This is going to be a huge hit!” David Caruso wasn’t much of a draw, and this was before Nicholas Cage or Samuel L. Jackson were any real box office draws either. That the film did modest business in 1995 sounds about right.

          I never saw Jade, but that it also turned out to be a flop doesn’t surprise me either. Caruso was probably just full of himself back then. Ego is good…. up to a point.


        • If you want to be a movie star, a certain amount of ego is critical. But it’s a double edged sword. It can cut your career short.

          I think Caruso had been around so long he got impatient and jumped at the brass ring too soon. Heigl, after the success of Knocked Up, had more of a reason to leave Greys. It’s less that she left her show and more how she did it that was the problem.


        • We’ll never know for sure, unless Caruso outright admits it, but I think you’re probably right LeBeau. Caruso had been a bit-part actor from 1976 until 1993 in television and film when he finally hit big on NYPD Blue (he pops up in bit parts in two movies I own in that period, First Blood in ’82 and Twins in ’88), maybe after all that time and with NYPD Blue being a breakout hit in its first season, maybe after so many years of struggling and with sudden lead-role big-screen offers he really did get impatient and think “now is my time”. I suspect you may be right.


        • Heigl on exiting “Grey’s Anatomy”:

          “I made a difficult decision, but it was the right decision for me at the time.”


        • Shelley Longs and David Carusos:

          George Clooney’s a good example of what an actor should do.

          Clooney was cast on ER in 1994 and it was a breakout role for him (keep in mind he’d already been working for fifteen years). So he got cast in From Dusk Til Dawn. That was a success and he was cast in One Fine Day. That was little more iffy but he bounced back with Batman & Robin. That didn’t work out but his career survived and he cast in Out of Sight. That did pretty well and he was cast in Three Kings. And then you know what he did?

          He left ER.

          That’s right. Clooney made five movies before leaving the TV series that had made him a star. He made sure he had a movie career locked in before quitting TV. And that probably saved his career. If he had quit ER after one season and gone straight into movies, then one or two flops might have ended his career. Instead, he could flop in a movie and still be a successful TV star which kept his name in the public eye and allowed him to get a second chance in the movies.

          Same thing with Depp. He didn’t quit 21 Jump Street until after he had made a couple of movies and was sure he could make the jump successfully.

          If you’re a struggling actor and you land a steady job on a TV show, you’re an idiot if you quit the show to go make movies. The smart thing is to go make movies and then quit the show if your movie career works out. And if it doesn’t work out – and it usually doesn’t – then you’ve still got your TV show.


    • What the Hell Happened Lesson 127: Do not hire a family members as your manager. Especially your parents. If you are a child actor, hire a professional as soon as you are old enough to do so.

      See also Thora Birch.


  17. Katherine Heigl: “I certainly don’t see myself as being difficult”:

    “I would never intend to be difficult,” the “State of Affairs” star said while promoting her show at press tour. “I think it’s important for everyone to conduct themselves professionally and kindly. If I ever disappointed somebody, it was never intentional.”


  18. 8 Most Demanding Hollywood Stars:

    Heigel is a winner for me though. It’s one thing to be a diva. It’s a another to be a diva that is as fracking self-important and without self awareness as she is. Plus… Was she ever truly a huge star? Seriously… Was there ever a time when ANYONE mouthed the words, “Hey… I really want to see that Katherine Heigel movie this weekend. Wanna come with?” The throwing Apatow and Rogen under the bus was just dumb. Has she seen how Apatow rewards his friends with CONSTANT WORK? Then the whole, “I don’t think the material I was given this year was Emmy worthy” BS. Sister, please… there are actors out there that would kill for the chances you were given. And, really, saying something like that in public? Excuse me but it’s the writers and producers of GREY’S that made you, not the other way around. And if you had problems with the material you were given, how about going to them and not the press after the fact? It seems like she’s one of those people that reads something like “Getting to YES” or the writings of some self help guru and simply comes away with the notion that she’s now been granted the right to treat everyone like crap so that she can continue on her journey to “self actualization”, but in the end is really just treating other people like crap.


    • Grey’s Anatomy Cast: 8 Shocking Off-Screen Scandals

      Katherine Heigl Slams Writing

      Katherine Heigl’s saga on Grey’s Anatomy has now become infamous, yet still shocking every time it comes up. In 2007 Heigl won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Izzie Stevens in Grey’s but the very next years she caused waves when she refused to put her name in for the 2008 Emmys and did so by slamming the writers of the show which included Shonda Rhimes. Heigl said she didn’t deserve a nomination because the writers hadn’t given her character enough quality content to “warrant an Emmy nomination.” The direct dig at the show that made her famous became a huge source of conflict, and started a whole new reputation for the actress as stuck-up, ungrateful and diva-like. She managed to last a few more years on Grey’s but finally exited the show in 2010.

      Shonda Rhimes Slams Katherine Heigl

      It is clear that Shonda Rhimes does not sugarcoat things or hold back her true feelings but it was still shocking when she outright slammed former Grey’s star Katherine Heigl years after the drama of Heigl denying her Emmys nod and eventually leaving the show. When discussing her then new show Scandal in 2014, Rhimes said that she had learned a lot from the drama of working on Grey’s stating it had caused her to implement a “No a–holes policy.” “I don’t put up with bulls–t or nasty people. I don’t have time for it.” She then said she made sure to know exactly what kind of cast she was working with, calling out Heigl directly, “There are no Heigls in this situation.” Ouch!


  19. Shonda Rhimes has a “no as*holes” policy: “There are no Heigls in this situation”

    In her Hollywood Reporter profile, Rhimes says she’s learned to avoid people like Katherine Heigl on set.” I don’t put up with bullsh*t or nasty people. I don’t have time for it,” she says.


  20. Career Prospectus: Mandy Moore:

    I’ve always been a huge fan of Mandy Moore—always. Music, movies (as truly awful as some of them are), everything. And for the last few years, she’s been teasing a new album and chasing TV pilots. Now that she’s scored a recurring role in Fox’s “Red Band Society” (which looks…decent if not promising), seems to be moving closer to actually recording a new album (working with Mike Viola again, plus she laid down some background vocals on Ryan Adams’s self-titled new release), and has a monthly beauty picks column on, is it time for a Mandy Moore career prospectus? Please!

    — Summer

    Aw, Mandy Moore. She was what, the fourth-rate Britney Spears? In 1999 there was Britney, then Christina Aguilera, then Jessica Simpson, then Mandy Moore. That’s the order of precedence. Out of all of them, Moore is the one who never really took. They’ve all found post-pop-tartlet careers—although Britney’s is kind of as a living artifact from that era—but Moore, despite working a lot over the years, has never really found her niche. It’s too bad, really; I quite like Mandy Moore. Saved, Tangled, Scrubs—how did that piece of work Katherine Heigl get such a determined chance to be a movie star when sweet, harmless Mandy Moore didn’t? And don’t say it’s the pop tartlet thing, because by the time Heigl was getting her break (late aughts), Moore had already done Saved and stints on Entourage and Scrubs. Why Heigl? Why not Moore?

    Short answer: Luck.

    Mandy Moore is not a case of repeated bad decisions. She’s made the best of her options, it’s just that the top-tier stuff has never been on offer for her. She has made her fair share of bad movies, which has undoubtedly hurt her over the years, but she’s done good work, too. Enough good work to warrant more chances. It’s just that none of those chances have panned out (see also: Her repeated bad luck during pilot season). And that’s where luck comes in.

    No matter how talented you are, or how hard you work, when it comes to the entertainment industry, you still need a healthy dose of luck. This Nerdist podcast with Clark Gregg—a talented guy who knocked around for years before getting lucky with Marvel—includes a great discussion of just how demoralizing auditioning is (it’s a big part of why actors are such f*cked up people), and how little control an actor has over what roles she gets. When thinking about Mandy Moore, Gregg’s comments on auditioning leapt immediately to mind.

    Because Moore can’t control the perception that she’s the knock-off of someone else. First it was Britney, then later, Heigl. Keeping in mind that everything is relative and we’re talking about the difference between being a jobbing actor and a movie star, luck has never gone Moore’s way. Tangled is the biggest hit of her movie career, and it was a vocal performance. None of her other movies have even broken fifty million in box office, so she’s certainly not a box office draw. All she needed was one movie to break out, like 27 Dresses did for Heigl, and she would’ve been on better footing. But it didn’t happen.

    Television hasn’t been much kinder. She’s done memorable guest arcs on popular shows, but has never managed to land her own headline gig. She’s actually had a pretty rough time in TV land over the last couple years. Moore has been around the block several times during pilot season, never getting a pick up and, worse, got released from an ABC pilot (which also didn’t get picked up). But it’s not like she’s not trying. The answer to so many career prospectuses is “try TV”, but Moore is, it just isn’t working out. It’s that luck thing again. She just doesn’t ever seem to be in the right place at the right time. That may be changing with a recurring role on Red Band Society, but well, network TV isn’t the most stable place to be these days.

    There isn’t an easy fix for Mandy Moore. There isn’t something she should be doing—she’s already doing everything she can. She does work, even if it’s not particularly distinguished (like Hallmark Hall of Fame Christmas movies), and she has built a good career as a voice over artist. That’ll pay the bills while she keeps rolling the dice on TV gigs. And then, too, there is her recording career. Supposedly she has a new album in the offing, to be produced by her husband, Ryan Adams, though it was supposed to come out like, two years ago and didn’t. All she can do is keep on keeping on, and hope some luck finally goes her way.


  21. I have gone back and read all the comments with interest. Clearly there is something about Katherine Heigl that attracts attention, but for whatever reason she seems to have poor judgement. Whether it is her or from her handlers is unclear, but any employee who makes millions of dollars from their job should be circumspect in their comments. First, if you’re making big money then don’t bitch about it. Many people would kill for long hours if it meant success. Second, think about the message you are sending to the people who sign your checks. Believe it or not, they are probably putting in the same hours and effort as are you. Third, a “star” stands on the shoulders of the supporting cast, and the film crew. Only a fool kicks the people who make it possible to be a “star.” Many of the crew and supporting cast need a job and are happy to work long hours knowing that the job can end at any time and put them out of work. When a leading actor casts dispersion and doubt over their livelihood then it can only result in bad feelings. It ruins the working relationship and inserts distrust into their lives.

    If I had a movie I wanted to produce, would I choose an actor with a history of bad mouthing her employers? Or would I choose somebody who has a history of cooperation and gratitude? Especially when millions of dollars are at stake?

    Katherine Hiegle may well be sincere in her comments, but she comes off as ungrateful. It is a shame that her career has come undone for the lack of a little professional mentoring. The bottom line is determining the difference between important issues on which to take a moral stance, and whining, complaining about making too much money…

    In the end it shows a disrespect for her fans.

    Brad Deal


  22. 11 Actors Who (Hopefully) Killed Their Careers In 2014:

    1. Katherine Heigl

    Katherine Heigl’s presence on cinema screens has been oddly (and thankfully) muted over the last three years: she released just one movie per year in 2011 (New Year’s Eve), 2012 (the hilariously-titled One for the Money) and 2013 (The Big Wedding). Instead, the actress has mostly been busying herself with thriller TV show State of Affairs, though she did have time to star in two films in 2014, providing a voice in animated flick The Nut Job (10%), which made $113.3 million on a modest $42.8 million budget, and Jackie & Ryan, a musical drama screened at the Venice Film Festival to mixed reviews (not that many critics even bothered to see it), enough so that 4 months later there’s still no sign of a release date.

    As for two other 2014 movies she’s completed, comedies Jenny’s Wedding and Home Sweet Hell, neither have release dates yet, suggesting a likely VOD bow in the future, hopefully signalling the home for most of her future movies. If Heigl didn’t prove so frequently grating on screen and have such a poor industry reputation for her bad attitude, then perhaps there might be some sympathy here…


    • 12 Terrible Movies That Killed An Actor’s Winning Streak:

      1. One For The Money – Katherine Heigl

      The Streak: Katherine Heigl’s movie career was instantly cemented with the success of Judd Apatow’s 2007 comedy Knocked Up and she followed up with a number of hits including 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth, Killers (which admittedly wasn’t a big hit), Life as We Know It and New Year’s Eve.

      The Film That Broke It: It’s a challenge to think of a movie title that better describes its actor’s intentions than One for the Money, a limp crime comedy that does nothing new and generates almost zero laughs in the process. The movie failed to make its $40 million budget back and was scathingly received by critics, scoring just 2% on Rotten Tomatoes.

      Current Status: Heigl’s box office status has never really recovered, possibly in part because she has such a poor reputation behind-the-scenes as diva-ish and obnoxious (and it’s never a good idea to insult Judd Apatow, the guy who made her career). She had box office success with last year’s animated flick The Nut Job, but her most recent films are struggling to secure theatrical release, which is really all that needs to be said about how audiences are failing to connect with the actress. Future prospects are virtually nil.


  23. Did anyone know that Blake Lively’s role in The Age of Adaline was originally written for Heigl
    before all the diva stories came to light????


  24. Heigl has two films (New Year’s Eve, The Big Wedding) that appear on this list


  25. NBC cancels State of Affairs:

    Katherine Heigl’s comeback vehicle was a ratings disappointment.


  26. 10 Actors Whose Craziness Got Them Kicked Out Of Hollywood:

    Katherine Heigl

    Katherine Heigl’s career pretty much started out with TV’s Grey’s Anatomy, before somebody, somewhere took it upon themselves and said: “Hey, she’s both pretty and nice; let’s make her into a movie star,” which is what happened – for about five minutes.

    After appearing in Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up, Heigl decided to badmouth the movie during its release (despite knowing what it was about and already agreeing to star in it), which served as something of a death sentence as far as certain producers were concerned. But maybe it was a mistake on her part, right? A mere slip of the tongue?

    Nope: Heigl’s rant against Knocked Up turned out to be anything but an isolated incident as the next few years offered up more and more bouts of Heigl-related craziness, in which the actress felt it necessary to complain, bitch and moan about every movie she was in – to the point where said antics led to her being labelled as “super difficult.”

    Now, she’s struggling to find major roles in Hollywood movies, and her supposed “comeback” series, State of Affairs, just got cancelled. Not looking good, Heigl.


  27. Heigerl was 14 when she did the father hero flick.Yet she didn’t know the effect it would have on people?? Are your serious?
    When I was 14 and the girls from my class was sunbathing topless next to us,I’m pretty sure they knew quite well what effect that had on us


  28. 10 Most Obnoxious Stars In Hollywood:

    Katherine Heigl

    Few actors have the reputation Heigl does for alleged charmless, oblivious rudeness, both on film and television sets, behind the scenes, and during interviews. She famously dissed the writing of both of the hugely successful properties that made her a star, withdrawing her name from consideration for the 2008 Emmy ballot after winning for best actress for Grey’s Anatomy the previous year, something pretty much unheard of for a one-time winner:

    “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. In addition, I did not want to potentially take away an opportunity from an actress who was given such materials.”

    It should be pointed out that her reduction in screen time on Grey’s Anatomy that year was after she asked for a lighter schedule on the show so that she could spend more time with her children. She also criticised the working hours of the show on an appearance on Letterman, noting that their first day back “was — I’m going to keep saying this because I hope it embarrasses them — a seventeen-hour day, which I think is cruel and mean.” Those kind of working conditions are perfectly normal when working as a regular cast member on a network television show.

    She’d previously badmouthed the writing on Knocked Up, still her biggest cinematic hit, for sexism, saying:

    “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 bitch; 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.”

    All perfectly valid points of view on that particular movie, except that the problems she raises would have been glaringly obvious when she read the script in the first place, and in turn raise the issue of why she continued to accept identical roles in romantic comedies over the following few years.

    Given her lack of high profile work in the last few years, she’s expressed an interest in returning to Grey’s Anatomy to wrap up her character’s storyline. Why does her storyline need wrapping up? Because Heigl just didn’t show up to complete the final five episodes she was contracted for, asking to be released from her contract.

    On set reports from Heigl’s Hollywood projects all concur that she’s difficult and a source of delays and frustrations, on one 2010 movie actually demanding casting approval that wasn’t in her contract. Added to that, Heigl’s mother Nancy is her manager and, from all reports, not the loveliest person to work with or be around either. There’s a real sense that Heigl’s failed movie career has been a lot to do with the fact that she’s a massive headache. As one Hollywood producer noted when putting the kibosh on hiring her in a major role, one she was perfectly suited for: “She’s just not worth it.”


  29. HOME SWEET HELL (2015) :

    Katherine Heigl stars in the film as a perfectionist who rules her home and marriage with an iron hand. Who goes into overdrive to keep her families reputation spotless and their record clean. When she learns of this infidelity and worse the shakedown for money. It feels like She is typecast in this role and only starring as it seems to be a natural role for her. Considering how the tabloids and the media have colored audiences and pegged her as cruel and cold. To an extent the same as her character here, but not as extreme. She doesn’t make her character likeable. She is committed in the role and takes to it with glee.

    Katherine Heigl real life husband ‘Josh Kelly’ provided all soundtracks for this film The real surprise in this film is Jordana Brewster. Who other then FAST AND FURIOUS movies is rarely seen in anything. Else. So it is great fun to see her break out of that mold to play a femme fatale and be one who is willing to be so graphic on screen it was surprising. I only wish she was in more of the film and I hope she stays on this path in future roles. Getting s chance to show her range. I can’t say it’s a star making role. As she isn’t given enough to do. She is more of a cog for the films mechanisms.


    • Best part of that movie, was a brief nude scene With jordana BRewster


    • 15 Most Critically Hated Films From 2015

      Home Sweet Hell

      Rotten Tomatoes Score: 5% (3.2/10)

      Why Critics Hated It: Katherine Heigl’s career continues its steady descent with this straight-to-VOD snooze-fest you’ve probably not heard of, a dark comedy about suburban life that brings nothing new to the table and is at its worst really quite offensive.

      Heigl again re-affirms why she’s so ill-liked in Hollywood with another wretched performance (while barely being the best thing in it), though poor Patrick Wilson for getting roped into this mess too and, we hate to admit it, also turning in some pretty shoddy work.

      It’s super-sexist (ironic considering Heigl’s outspoken words about her star-making movie Knocked Up being unfair to women), not particularly funny nor especially edgy, a limp black comedy that feels hugely behind the times with its satire.


  30. 10 Actors You Hate Because Of One Movie Role:

    Katherine Heigl – Everything Post-Knocked Up

    In Knocked Up, Katherine Heigl’s breakthrough role (or so it seemed), the actress is charming and like-able, two words used a little too often to describe performances these days, but nevertheless completely apt. In everything else since, she’s been shrill and annoying and wholly unbelievable as a character. Granted, good roles for women aren’t as easy to come by, so a few of these choices might be forgivable, especially so considering that the majority of the films are harmless.

    Still, though, every one? Not one respite? Every last one?

    But no, yes, every single one: 27 Dresses; The Ugly Truth; Life As We Know It; Killers; New Year’s Eve; One For The Money; Love Me Like You Do; Home Sweet Hell. Even the titles are hate-worthy.


  31. Original Cast Of Grey’s Anatomy: How Much Are They Worth Now?

    Katherine Heigl

    Estimated Net Worth: $25 Million. Before anyone knew Katherine Heigl as one of the worst actresses to work with in Hollywood, she was adored as Dr. Izzie Stevens on Grey’s Anatomy. Disputes with the show’s creator Shonda Rhimes as well as being a diva on set caused her to also be dismissed from the show. While she has earned a bad reputation, Heigl has also been in several high budget and high earning films, including Knocked Up, 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth, New Year’s Eve, Killers and Life as We Know It. She reportedly demanded $12 million per film starting in 2010 and got it, creating herself a huge net worth of $25 million.


  32. Heigl (along with Val Kilmer, Lindsay Lohan, Mike Myers and Edward Norton) makes WatchMojo’s list of Top 10 Actors Most Difficult to Work With


    • 10 Movie Stars Who Should Never Promote Anything Ever

      Katherine Heigl

      There aren’t many actors with the reputation for thoughtless, ungracious rudeness that Katherine Heigl’s developed over the years. She’s gone on record as belittling and badmouthing Knocked Up (her only genuine hit as a movie actress) and Gray’s Anatomy (the show that made her a star).

      Infamously, she withdrew her name from consideration for the 2008 Emmy ballot after winning for best actress for Grey’s Anatomy the previous year, something pretty much unheard of for a one-time winner:

      “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. In addition, I did not want to potentially take away an opportunity from an actress who was given such materials.”

      Of course, her reduction in screen time on Grey’s Anatomy that year came following her request for a lighter schedule on the show so that she could spend more time with her family. But then she’d previously criticized the long (and perfectly normal) hours required to shoot a network television drama, noting that their first day on the sixth season “was — I’m going to keep saying this because I hope it embarrasses them — a seventeen-hour day, which I think is cruel and mean.” That was on Letterman, one of the most-watched talk shows in American history.

      Her publically stated opinion of Knocked Up – that her character was a ‘bitch’ and a ‘killjoy’ and that the film “paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight” – is a perfectly valid criticism of the film… except that these are issues that would have been obvious on the first read of the script. Similarly, that doesn’t explain why she carried on going for identical ‘uptight, humorless killjoy’ roles in romantic comedies in the following years.

      Some say that her reputation is half-deserved, half the fault of her domineering manager Nancy Heigl – her mother. That doesn’t explain her interviews, however… what, is she being operated by Nancy via remote control? No, Heigl’s public persona is so toxic that she appears to have nosedived her own career over it – her own publicist described her PR strategies as “diarrhea of the mouth” and dumped her, refusing to represent her any longer.


  33. Jennifer Lawrence is now a 12 on the Pretentious Scale (She’s like the female Lena Dunham.)

    Katherine Heigl was supposed to be a movie star–remember that? She came off Knocked Up and an Emmy for Gray’s Anatomy and she pulled a Caruso. Eventually she was publicly outed as “overpaid.” I’m not accusing Lawrence of being another Heigl; Lawrence’s movies clearly make money, and her work is clearly more diverse than bland romantic comedies where she plays the exact same character. My point is that no one can see the future, and when you have a slim track record, there’s no crystal ball to predict one’s career trajectory. Also there’s no real logic behind how actors are paid, and it can take a column in a national magazine for the suits to realize that an actor is actually terrible, and has been terrible for a very long time.


  34. Katherine Heigl on WatchMojo’s Another Top 10 Hated Actors


  35. I do not know her, obviously, but reading over her career on your excellent site, I get the feeling maybe she does not love her career. Not the movie choices, but her actual career as an actress. Her mother put her in the industry at a young age, she did not pursue it like adults do after school. Child actors are a notoriously mixed bag. You get into a career at a young age before you know what you really want to do with your life, and the money is too good to stop. Unlike other actors who “whine” I get the feeling despite being gorgeous with movie star looks, she resents (and really resented in the past the “B” movies she had to do) the cheesecake and exploitation films she had to go through to make it. She probably should have just quit the industry after she made a few million, but got stuck when several of her movies were surprising successes. Her mother being her manager as an adult was also a bad move. You need unbiased representation where people can complain when the star is being unreasonable, plus not make outrageous demands out of love.

    I think it all boils down to she was a child actress with a mother manager who should have been replaced once she was 18 by an real agent, who is not overly happy with being an actress in the first place now she is an adult , resents the sexism and exploitation she suffered when young who ironically got by by being very pretty and got trapped by the money. Her lack of love for her art I think is the reason for her lack of success in her 30’s. She is not a terrible actress (despite the razzie noms, but not great either), her line readings are usually okay and she can emote when appropriate, but has zero chemistry with her co-stars, which is what you really need in movies and even carrying a TV show. The zero chemistry to me is the lack of enthusiasm for the business and her career. Just my two cents.


  36. What celebrity’s career never recovered after a controversial incident?

    She has a habit of shiing over stuff she works in, but not without good reason. She was being given incredibly sexist roles (which was why she refused the nomination, and why she sh all over Knocked Up, and all the other incidents) when starting out, but the problem is, by speaking up, she basically signed a contract to be stuck in incredibly sexist cookie-cutter roles for the rest of her career. And the sad thing is, she’s actually talented. You just have to be smart about your political convictions when your industry is the media.


    • The problem is she has her mother as her manager and they adopt an us vs the movie business attitude, they always try to overstep their boundaries instead of just focusing on acting and choosing good roles.

      She even got her mother to be executive producer on her new show, her mother hasn’t produced anything ever.


      • Why Hollywood won’t cast Katherine Heigl anymore

        She dissed the projects that put her on the map

        To this day, Heigl’s biggest blockbuster is Knocked Up (2007). She reportedly had a beef with the rom-com, but waited until her check cleared before speaking out. Heigl told Vanity Fair in 2008, “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****…It was hard for me to love the movie.”

        In June 2008, Heigl withdrew from the race for Emmy nominations for her role of Izzie on Grey’s Anatomy, despite winning the award for best supporting actress in a drama series in 2007. She told the press, “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.” Translation: “I believe the writing sucked and want attention, and possibly out of my contract.”

        She got called out for hypocrisy

        Despite thinking Knocked Up (2007) was sexist, Heigl went on to star in a slew of critically panned romcoms that played up gender stereotypes, most notably The Ugly Truth (2009). Her Knocked Up director, Judd Apatow, dissed her on The Howard Stern Show in 2009, saying, “I hear there’s a scene [in The Ugly Truth] where she’s wearing…underwear…with a vibrator in it, so I’d have to see if that was uplifting for women.”

        She’s difficult on set

        An insider who worked on Life As We Know It (2010) told The Hollywood Reporter that working with Heigl led to “desperately difficult” situations. “She can cost you time every single day of shooting. Wardrobe issues, not getting out of the trailer, questioning the script every single day. Even getting her deal closed at Warners was hard. She hit that point of ‘no.'” A staffer who worked on 27 Dresses (2008) had a similar experience: “There were movie-star demands—big rooms, the mother there, all the stuff. ‘We need the presidential suite at The Bristol!’ It was just a sense of entitlement. The biggest stars don’t do that kind of thing.”

        What’s more, Page Six reports that Heigl demanded $3 million for the ensemble romcom Valentine’s Day (2011). With each member of the cast only filming for three to 14 days, producers laughed her off and worked with Julia Roberts instead.

        She burned bridges

        In what was perhaps a desperate move, Heigl said in 2012 that she’d love to return to Grey’s Anatomy. That didn’t sit well with Shonda Rhimes, who told The Hollywood Reporter in October 2014, “There are no Heigls in this situation…I don’t put up with bulls**t or nasty people. I don’t have time for it.” Meanwhile, Judd Apatow told Howard Stern, “[You think] at some point I’ll get a call saying ‘Sorry, I was tired…’ and then the call never comes.”

        Her momager was out of control

        Heigl’s mother, Nancy, has served as her manager since the beginning of her career, and it hasn’t exactly worked out well. A source told OK! Magazine, “Nancy isn’t a producer…but she thinks that she has a right to make decisions and she has angered a lot of people in the process. Katherine doesn’t know when to stay quiet and she has damaged her reputation, and her mother encouraged that behavior. She is very close to her mom, but she knows she needs to salvage what remains of her career with someone else—that is if anyone else will take her.” Another source echoed those sentiments to The Hollywood Reporter. “I have never experienced anything like Nancy Heigl,” the source fumed. “…Whatever you’d say, you were an idiot. The call would be, ‘This is the worst craft service we’ve ever had! There’s nothing to eat! This is the worst wardrobe!’ You knew that every day, you were going to get slammed.”

        She’s in denial about her behavior

        When a fan asked Heigl about her reputation as rude and difficult to work with, she wasn’t apologetic. “I certainly don’t see myself as being difficult; I would never intend to be difficult. I don’t think my mother sees herself as being difficult,” she told Variety. “It’s always important to everybody to conduct themselves professionally and respectfully and kindly, so if I have ever disappointed somebody, it was never intentional.”

        Her publicists ran for the hills

        Page Six reports that Heigl ditched her longtime publicist, Jill Fritzo, in 2010 in favor of Melissa Kates. In a move that’s almost unheard of in the media world, Kates fired Heigl later that year. “PR people rarely resign from accounts, especially when starting their own company, and the client in question is a legitimate movie star,” a source told Deadline. Heigl then signed with Kelly Bush, who nabbed a coveted Entertainment Weekly cover for Heigl to do damage control. An insider dished to Deadline, “Kelly did [an] amazing job. That EW piece was initially a takedown but she turned it into a love letter.” Heigl repaid Bush by firing her after just five weeks, then crawling back to Fritzo.

        It may have been a big mistake: Variety says that Heigl hardly did any interviews leading up to the premiere of her NBC series, State Of Affairs, and it may have hurt her—the show was canceled in May 2015.

        How she can turn it around

        Heigl currently has two projects slated for 2016: Unforgettable and a TV movie called Doubt. Aside from State Of Affairs, her most notable work in recent years was actually in commercials. She had a snoring role in a ZzzQuil ad and currently shills cat food.

        The actress seems to be self-aware, at least in terms of what projects she’s choosing now. She told Marie Claire, “I love romantic comedies. But maybe I hit it a little too hard. I couldn’t say no. I stopped challenging myself. It became a bit by rote and, as a creative person, that can wear you down,” she said. “That was part of why I took that time off, to ask myself, ‘What do I want? What am I looking for?’ and shut down all the noise…I was thinking I’d maybe open a knitting store, get my money out of retirement accounts and live off that, live off the land. I had my moment where it all seemed so complicated and all I wanted to do was simplify.”

        A source close to her told The Hollywood Reporter, “She’s really determined to put everything behind her. The only way to do that is to go to work in film or television with good people and for those people to have good things to report back. And it’s not an overnight thing. There’s a really loyal, huge fan base that’s waiting to see her.”


  37. Derailed Film Stars: Katherine Heigl Plots Her Comeback

    There was a brief period where Katherine Heigl was the Queen of the Rom-Com. Her poor choice in material, and her questionable decision to leave her hit TV show, put the actress on a downward trajectory. With Heigl ready to join Rosario Dawson in Denise Di Novi’s Unforgettable and being cast in a legal drama pilot for CBS (Doubt), she has a puncher’s chance to recapture some of her lost magic. While we wait for Heigl’s next act, we take a look back at where things went wrong.


  38. Katherine Heigl recalls apologizing to Shonda Rhimes: “I was really embarrassed”

    In an interview with Howard Stern this morning, Heigl revisited her Grey’s Anatomy Emmy drama controversy.


  39. 9 Directors Who Publicly Dissed Their Actors

    Any Director and Katherine Heigl

    It’s so unfortunate that the amazingly beautiful Katherine Heigl has developed such a bad rep, but the rumors are true. After starring in Knocked Up, Heigl made negative remarks about the final edit and the film’s portrayal of women. While director Judd Apatow didn’t diss the actress explicitly, he did say that he was waiting on an apology! It’s also well known that Heigl was engaged in an epic feud with Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes. Rhimes made no quips about sharing her feelings towards the diva-like behavior of the actress. She actually turned Katherine’s last name into an adjective when explaining why her new show Scandal is running so smoothly: “There are no Heigls in this situation.” This may explain why Katherine has only been cast in a TV movie this year…


  40. #KatherineHeigl’s bad reputation drove her to therapy


  41. 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Katherine Heigl

    Katherine Heigl wasn’t always a controversial figure. Back in the mid to late 2000s, she was an in-demand actress. She was as pretty as any other leading lady, but she was outspoken. She really had no problem speaking her mind. Unfortunately, this very quality that people liked so much ended up becoming something that everyone hated. Now that she’s on her apology tour, we figured we’d take a look back on the woman everyone thought would become American’s next sweetheart. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about the former Grey’s Anatomy star:


  42. 10 Actresses Who Can Rescue Rom-Coms from Katherine Heigl Hell

    Rom-coms are in a crisis. The genre that used to give us compelling, well-made hits on the (somewhat) regular is now a little more than a tedious procession of whitebread chicanery. There are some good rom-coms, sure, but not nearly enough of them. Last week, I shared my choices for the 10 actors who are charismatic, hot, funny, and above all talented enough to breathe a spark of life into this poor, beleaguered art form. Now it’s the ladies’ turn.


  43. Behind-the-scenes scandals of Grey’s Anatomy

    Katherine Heigl

    After surviving an on-screen battle with skin cancer that spread to her brain, you’d assume Dr. Izzie Stevens was invincible. She may be, but the same didn’t apply to actress Katherine Heigl. According to Us Weekly, Heigl kicked up some drama around set when she decided to withdraw her name from Emmy consideration because she didn’t think the writers of the show had given her the kind of material worthy of an Emmy. Um, harsh? After that stunt, she lasted two more years before her character was written-off.

    At the time of her exit, Heigl told Entertainment Weekly that she wanted to spend more time with her family, but we have a feeling there might be more to it than that, including bad blood between the actress and the show’s creator, producer, and writer Shonda Rhimes. Case in point: when Heigl made it clear in 2012 that she’d like to wear scrubs again, Rhimes didn’t waste time telling TV Guide it wasn’t happening. “It was really nice to hear her appreciating the show,” Rhimes told TV Guide. “We are on a track we have been planning, and the idea of changing that track is not something we are interested in right now.” Yikes! The moral of the story is this: don’t burn a bridge in Shondaland!


  44. Katherine Heigl’s Latest Crack At Network TV Gets Picked Up By CBS And Will Co-Star Laverne Cox


  45. Daniel Craig And Katherine Heigl Finalizing Deals To Join Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Logan Lucky’ As James Bond News Surfaces

    EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Craig and Katherine Heigl are said to be finalizing deals to join Steven Soderbergh’s heist film Logan Lucky about brothers who plan a crime during a NASCAR race in Charlotte. The film is scheduled for a fall start date, which puts further into question the actor’s willingness to return to the Bond franchise for MGM. Pre-production on Logan Lucky starts this weekend at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 and NASCAR says it has thrown its support behind the picture which is huge given that the sport has literally millions of fans across the country and advertisers flock to it. In fact, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has been the No. 1 or No. 2 most-watched sport of the weekend 10 times in 2016 and it has had about 40M unique TV viewers over the last 12 races.


  46. 15 Actors Who Desperately Need A Hit

    Katherine Heigl

    Katherine Heigl’s career peak was undeniably from 2005 to 2010, where she starred in Grey’s Anatomy, and enjoyed a string of hits with the likes of Knocked Up, 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth and Life as We Know It.

    Since then, her only two hits have been ensemble rom-com New Year’s Eve and animated film The Nut Job, neither of which were a success because of her.

    These days, most of Heigl’s output ends up going straight-to-VOD, with her lack of major roles being attributed to her difficult-to-work-with reputation and a general audience dislike for the personalities of her characters.

    Almost nobody is beyond a PR resuscitation, though, so all it takes is a fantastic role in a comedy to turn audiences around on her. Then again, if she continues badmouthing people she works with (as she did to both Judd Apatow and the Grey’s Anatomy writers), then she may end up burning too many bridges to come back from.


    • Description:
      Have you ever watched an old movie and thought to yourself, “Hmmm…I wonder what happened to that actor?” Well, you’re not alone. The entertainment industry is notorious for tossing actors to the side in favor of newer, younger, and fresh talent. The second the industry has no use for those who once headlined some of the most profitable films, those celebs are quickly discarded, and fade into oblivion never to be heard from or seen ever again. Okay, maybe we’re being just a tad bit dramatic. But when some of our favorite stars disappear on us, it does make us wonder why Hollywood rejected them.

      We took a look at 10 celebrities who were once at the top of the industry, but now they are stuck in the dreaded B-list category. Cameron Diaz is a prime example of an actress who was once the most popular, bubbly, and beautiful star to grace movie screens. She had everyone’s attention when she appeared in “There’s Something About Mary,” but she had some trouble recreating that success. She started taking gigs in horrible movies such as “Bad Teacher,” and soon enough, Hollywood had turned its back on her. Cameron tried to save face by suggesting she would take a break from the industry to start a family with her husband Benji Madden, but we all know she’s just the latest victim to be rejected by the industry.

      Comedians definitely have it bad when it comes to maintaining their position in the entertainment industry. It seems like the second they tell one bad joke, they’re completely exiled. Jim Carrey is one funnyman who has experienced the cold harsh reality of what happens when your type of humor is no longer popular. In the 90s, Jim made us laugh in “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” with his funny one-liners, his manic facial expressions and his knee-slapping antics. But as time progressed, Jim’s eccentric humor became annoying more than anything. He hasn’t starred in a blockbuster film since.

      Vince Vaughn and Jim should have a pow-wow, because the two definitely have some things in common. Vince Vaughn was the forever young party animal in almost every film in the early-2000s. But the industry got tired of seeing him act like a teenage boy in films such as “Old School,” and “Wedding Crashers.” His career has been on a slow decline ever since.

      These next two actors were like a BOGO deal in the early-2000s, and since they experienced success as a team, it’s only right that they both get the boot from the industry together, too. Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore co-starred in a string of successful films, such as “50 First Dates,” and “The Wedding Singer.” But the same cheesy storylines get tired after awhile, and moviegoers became annoyed with the same old plot and premise. Hollywood has also bid these two adieu, and we doubt they will have a top box office hit ever again.

      Did any of your favorite actors make it on our list of stars who have been rejected by Hollywood?


      • Instances when reporters ruined innocent celebs’ lives

        Katherine Heigl

        Reporters running wild with rumors have come close to destroying Katherine Heigl’s career. In 2013, The Hollywood Reporter ran a story saying Heigl’s attitude, along with her mother, was ruining her career. The article states that, while she does have the talent to a big movie star, Heigl’s difficult behavior dissuades people from wanting to work with her. Now while Heigl has said that she doesn’t see herself as difficult to work with, she does have a biased opinion. However, producer Joe Carnahan has also jumped to her defense, saying, “it’s just that she’s got an opinion,” and people don’t like women with opinions. And anyway, she’s young yet. If Russell Crowe and Charlie Sheen can bounce back from psychotic behavior, Heigl can bounce back from people’s objections to her opinions. She just needs to star in something like Knocked Up 2 to get things rolling.


  47. Katherine Heigl Weighs in on Seth Rogen’s ‘Knocked Up’ Comments

    Katherine Heigl is aware of Seth Rogen’s recent comments about their public “feud” following hit comedy Knocked Up, and now she’s clearing the air.

    “I think that he’s handled that so beautifully, and I just feel nothing but love and respect,” she said at the Television Critics Association summer press tour – where she was promoting her new CBS legal drama Doubt – when asked how she felt about Rogen recently drudging up the past.

    “It’s so long ago at this point,” she added of the pair’s drama, which started in 2008 when she called the Judd Apatow film “a little sexist” in a Vanity Fair interview. “I just wish him so much goodness – and I felt that from him, too.”

    During his press tour for the new animated comedy Sausage Party, Rogen has spoken on more than one occasion about the aftermath of the 2007 movie – first on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live! and later on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show.

    “The only people who in this situation should in any way take anything from it is me and Judd because we’re the ones she was talking about. For other people to not work with her because she didn’t like her experience with us is – I think is crazy,” Rogen told Stern, later adding that neither he nor Apatow have personally heard from Heigl: “When I apologize to people, generally I don’t take a public forum to do it.”

    It’s unclear whether Rogen is going to get that apology, but perhaps the two can finally bury the hatchet.


  48. The Ashton Kutcher curse

    Katherine Heigl (Killers)

    Katherine Heigl is something of a female Ashton Kutcher, the go-to name when you need someone for a bog-standard rom-com. The pair were brought together in 2010 for Killers, and despite the project sitting well within their comfort zones, the two actors showed surprisingly little chemistry. Heigl was still riding the success of Judd Apatow box office smash Knocked Up at the time, though she had already been afforded one slip-up in the contrived and wearisome 27 Dresses in 2008, so Killers was key to her establishing herself as a genuine leading lady in the genre.

    Unfortunately for Heigl, the film bombed at the box office and was torn apart by critics, the beginning of what would become a momentous slump for the actress. Of the next six films she released, five have Rotten Tomatoes scores of 10 percent or less, and her cause wasn’t helped when comments she made about former colleagues led to her being labelled difficult to work with. Her dip in fortunes got so bad that she eventually resorted to TV commercials, advertising kitty litter among other things.


    • She liked to act like she was above the work, like she too good of an actress to be doing those roles, yet she never, ever did any serious acting. All she did was basically romantic comedies. Even at her peak of fame, she never ventured beyond those types of roles. And it’s kind of hard to become America’s sweetheart when you come off as a snot in every interview. She pretty much trashed the very two projects that made her a star, “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Knocked Up”. Heigl decided to shut doors rather than walk through them. It didn’t help her mom (also her manager) was a huge jerk who enabled and encouraged her awful behavior. It was basically a one two punch of career killing behavior.


  49. I’ve seen Katherine Heigl in that Cat’s Pride commercial a few times now, and I think she still has that commanding presence; nothing phoned in or whihy-washy there. The product itself though? Cat’s Pride is okay, but I prefer Fresh Step (it’s softer on my paws, I mean, my cats paws).


  50. Blind Items Revealed #5

    October 13, 2016

    Apparently with the impending arrival of a family member, this former dual threat A lister turned new show every season actress is being nice on set. I know. She still has a temper, but overall, people are not disliking the experience as much as they did a couple of months ago or hating it like everyone she worked with on her last show.

    Katherine Heigl


  51. Welcome to Your Career Comeback, Katherine Heigl

    Katherine Heigl’s career since 2010 has been one long series of misfires that all seemed to begin after Heigl ditched Grey’s Anatomy. While she was on it, she scored hits with Knocked Up, 27 Dresses and the awful The Ugly Truth, but it’s been a slow descent ever since, characterized at first by awful underperforming movies (Killers, Life as We Know It), awful box-office bombs (One for the Money, The Big Wedding), and movies that didn’t even make it into theaters (Home Sweet Hell, Jackie and Ryan) and even a movie that did manage to make it into two theaters, but that only put up $4,700 at the box office (Jenny’s Wedding). She also has a short-lived series to her name, State of Affairs, and is set to embark on another in 2017, Doubt.

    Oh, and she has a GOOP-like lifestyle blog tracking her life in Utah that is so bad we thought it was an April Fool’s joke. It is not.

    Heigl’s reputation as an a**hole has not helped, but then again, she is the poster child for the difference between what it means to be a difficult actress (a fading career) versus what it means to be a difficult actor (Oscar nominations, roles as the Joker).

    When all else fails, however, there is always the B-movie revenge thriller, where someone sleeps with the wrong person and gets terrorized for it. Bad as they may be, they’re usually hysterically bad, and always good for at least $50 million at the box office. They are basically bigger-budget Lifetime movies (but not much bigger). Remember Beyoncé’s Obsessed? Jennifer Lopez’s The Perfect Guy? Idris Elba’s No Good Deed? You can buy those three DVDs in a package at Wal-Mart now for $13 (I’m not kidding), and within a year, you can probably get a four-DVD set with Unforgettable, starring Katherine Heigl as the crazy, menacing, stalking ex-wife who goes after Rosario Dawson for stealing her life.
    It looks terrible. I’m going to watch the shit out of it. Welcome to your career comeback, Heig


    • 14 Actors Who Desperately Need A Hit Movie

      Katherine Heigl

      Katherine Heigl seemed destined to blow up as a box office mega-star following her role in 2007’s Knocked Up, but after a few easy follow-up hits with 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth and Life as We Know It, it all went wrong.

      Aside from ensemble film New Year’s Eve and the animated Nut Job franchise, Heigl hasn’t had a box office hit since 2010, largely attributed to her reputation for being difficult to work with, which has transpired through to audiences apparently finding her “unlikable”.

      This probably explains why Heigl has been cast in more psycho b**** roles in recent years, though these have largely either bombed at the box office (Unforgettable) or not even made it to cinemas (Home Sweet Hell).

      She’ll always have that Grey’s Anatomy money, sure, but her two recent TV shows, State of Affairs and Doubt, both ended up cancelled after one season. Ouch.

      Apart from The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, she’s got nothing else lined up, so it’s not looking good.


  52. Episode #103 – One for the Money

    We continue our streak of repeat Flop House offenders with the Katherine Heigl-starring action comedy (?) One for the Money. Meanwhile, Elliott brings back the rich tradition of radio sound effects, Stuart is very confused about My Cousin Vinny, and Pervazoid Number Dan …


  53. Examples of when actors go “Hollywood”

    8 hours ago Captain White Tiger said:
    8 hours ago Hit Girl said:
    Katherine Heigl is the kind of person who if she was drowning and you threw her a life preserver, she’d complain about the color.
    Didn’t she completely s*** on Knocked up around the time it was coming out? Essentially Rogan and the gang made a decent movie in spite of her.

    She said some s*** about the movie being anti-feminist or something because it made her character look like a miserable bi*** compared to the cooler, friendlier male slacker characters.

    The problem with her argument is that she should have known all of this before they even started shooting, unless the director completely changed the script after she agreed to do the movie, which is doubtful. The second problem is that she comes across as a miserable bi*** in almost every film she’s been in, which means she’s either picking the same bad roles over and over again, or being a miserable bi*** is just a trait inherent to Katherine Heigl.

    Personally I think she was pissed off because she was embarrassed that “Knocked Up” depicted her having sex with Seth Rogan.


    • Future of Movie Stars: Who Will Shine? Who Will Fade Away?

      Anyway, I was thinking…with us being in the late part of the decade now (just two years and 9 months until we can say we live in the 20’s), I was wondering who you consider to be the biggest star flameouts of the decade.

      For females, it’s Katherine Heigl. Hands down. She had pretty much locked up the American Sweetheart crown and could have ridden that for awhile, but then she had to ruin it with her mouth. Although her success really was more at the end of the 2000’s than the beginning of this decade, so hmm. Her downfall really started with leaving Grey’s Anatomy though in 2011, although she had a lot of bad press going into that. Her career stalled in 2011, but really flamed out in 2012 when One For the Money bombed hard and she no longer had Grey’s Anatomy to fall back on. I really can’t think of any other female star that fell that hard from fame during the 2010’s…she was considered hot in 2010, “not” by 2011, and “done” by 2012.

      If she hadn’t burned her bridges with Judd Apatow she probably would still be working in movies people would want to see because he does keep a lot of people employed. She’s trying really hard to re-ignite her career on T.V. but it seems like a lost cause.



        Oh Katherine Heigl. She really had so much potential, and she had a great career right in front of her on a silver platter, and she totally blew it. At the time, I remember a lot of people crying sexism and double standard after Heigl got heat put on her for accusing her break out movie (Knocked Up) for being sexist against women, and I just never saw that. Maybe you could make the argument that she wouldn’t have gotten such a Hollywood backlash if she was a guy, but, to me, it doesn’t look great on anyone to bite the hand that feeds them, unless its a pretty obvious moral lapse. Also, I would have been fine with her saying she found Knocked Up sexist (I didn’t, but I can see what she was saying), if she didn’t follow that up with starring in a string of RIDICULOUSLY sexist and terrible movies (I was dragged to The Ugly Truth, and it was offensive to men, women, and the entire human race), and saying more stupid crap and acting like she was the best thing to ever happen to Hollywood.



        Not to disagree at all the women are judged by different standards, but Heigl’s attitude wasn’t the cause of her career troubles. She was successful at the box office for a while in spite of her apparently being difficult to work with, but she made too many critically and commercially unsuccessful films, and at that point her having burned bridges kicked in, because when people don’t like you they don’t have much incentive to extend a helping hand when you’re down.


        • That’s sounds about right to me, like the industry hypothetically said to her when she began to struggle, “Good”!


    • Difficult actors – Page 13

      What made me dislike Heigl was she was such a b**** about her time on Grey’s Anatomy. She complained on a talk show about the awful hours they made her work, then the producer called her out on it. They had rearranged the shooting schedule for everyone so that Katherine could also shoot a film at the same time. They let her shoot a movie during the season and she complained about them making her work long hours to make it work!

      Then she went out of her way to make a public statement about withdrawing from Emmy consideration since the writers of Grey’s hadn’t written anything worthy for her that year. What a B * * * * move.


  54. 7 reasons Hollywood doesn’t make romantic comedies anymore

    5) Katherine Heigl

    It’s a bit unfair to blame Katherine Heigl entirely for the collapse of the romantic comedy, especially when she starred in a bunch that made money (notably the genuinely terrible 27 Dresses). After all, when she was making her rom-com hits, Hollywood was also cranking out rom-coms from the likes of Adam Sandler and Sarah Jessica Parker. It’s not all on Heigl’s shoulders.

    But it remains a fact that Heigl was the leading rom-com star there for a while, and for whatever reason, every movie she made after breaking out in 2007’s (very good) Knocked Up was awful. Maybe Hollywood just forgot how to write and produce rom-coms (entirely possible!). Maybe she just didn’t know how to choose good scripts (also possible). Maybe some of it has to do with Heigl’s prickly reputation within Hollywood (definitely possible). But the fact remains that when Heigl was the leading star of the genre, starring in a rom-com quickly became (to borrow Buchanan’s term) “disreputable.”

    Now even Katherine Heigl doesn’t show much interest in the genre, having largely returned to television. Her most recent swing was the indie rom-com Jenny’s Wedding, in which she and Alexis Bledel got married. It — sigh — wasn’t very good.


  55. Television breaks up with Katherine Heigl for good

    Katherine Heigl’s latest attempt at a comeback, Doubt—a legal drama on CBS—has been canceled after airing only two episodes. According to Variety, despite being “heavily promoted” and co-starring Emmy nominee Laverne Cox, ratings were…


    • Well, at least those Cat’s Pride commercials are still airing; I’m sure that cuts a nice check for her.


    • 13 Worst TV Shows Of 2017


      A legal procedural-cum-soap opera starring the thoroughly unlikable Katherine Heigl? Not exactly a compelling hook from the outset, it has to be said.

      Doubt does benefit from a more affable cast elsewhere, including the talented Dulé Hill, Laverne Cox and Dreama Walker, but the entire show is so aggressively smothered in contrived subplots that it’s just hard to care about anything going on.

      It’s too much of a muchness, as the saying goes, and though Heigl does fare slightly better than expected as the hotshot legal lead, the material still feels like the generic younger sibling of so many superior legal shows airing both past and present.

      Hilariously, CBS showed an embarrassing vote of no confidence by cancelling Doubt after just two episodes had aired, citing low ratings before burning the remaining 11 completed episodes off over the summer.


  56. Katherine Heigl’s troubled career takes ANOTHER hit as Unforgettable projected to bomb at box office


    • Dear Katherine Heigl: Please Play More Villains

      Unforgettable is a trashy psychosexual thriller. It’s also the former rom-com star’s best work in years.


    • Hey, I’m all for Rosario Dawson, but didn’t Beyonce & Ali Larter do a similar film a few years ago titled “Obsessed”? This one here does sound like more fun than that one though.


    • Re: ‘NyQuil’ Actress Katherine Heigl’s Career Takes ANOTHER Hit As ‘Unforgettable’ Projected To Bomb At Box Office

      Lol I’m surprised she was able to get cast as the lead in a major release with a $12 million budget. She burned a lot of bridges so you can’t blame her downfall solely on Shonda. I think Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen really had it in for her too after she bad mouthed “Knocked Up.”

      I don’ think it’s the same old tired, predictable storyline that did this movie in. It’s that this movie is out of her comfort zone and isn’t what she’s known for. She was the rom-com queen for a while. Thrillers aren’t her thing. She was always going to have a hard time keeping her success going. Katherine has always looked older even when she was young. She never had that young, fresh faced girl look so the movies that girls in their late 20s and early 30s could get never really fit her. I thought she was in her 30s when “Knocked Up” came out. I thought that’s why she wanted to keep a loser’s baby because she was getting up in age.


      • 14 Terrible Recent Movies Destined To Become Cult Classics


        Why It’s Terrible: A glorified TV movie you’d expect to see on the Lifetime channel, Unforgettable is a thoroughly generic “b**** be crazy” movie, starring Katherine Heigl as a mentally ill woman who goes all kindsa nuts on her ex-husband’s new wife, played by Rosario Dawson.

        From the hilariously tasteful sex scenes to the gore-free violence, this is a fatally inoffensive movie that wants to act like it’s above its trashy plot, and is all the more awful as a result.

        Why It’ll Be A Cult Classic: Well, the title isn’t wrong. This film is hard to forget for a number of reasons, be it Heigl’s riotous performance as a vengeful ice queen, the laughable soap opera drama, horrendously cringe-worthy dialogue, or bonkers finale that basically sets up a sequel nobody asked for.

        Grab a few drinks and settle down for an “erotic” thriller that’s low on actual sex, suspense or palpable drama, but jam-packed with accidental hilarity, so much in fact that you might even voluntarily return for a second viewing.


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          That Sequel Bait Ending – Unforgettable

          This atrocious Katherine Heigl-starring thriller ends with crazed ex-wife Tessa (Heigl) killing herself after realizing the maniac she’s become while terrorizing her ex-husband and his new wife, Julia (Rosario Dawson).

          However, there’s a final stinger to come, as once Julia and co. have moved on from Tessa’s onslaught, they get a visit from Tessa’s mother, Helen (Cheryl Ladd), who wants to see her granddaughter, implying she’ll pick up where her daughter left off. Roll credits.

          Why It’s Dumb: Well, at least this glorified Lifetime thriller is consistent in its stupidity, but the sequel bait stinger is at once idiotic and laughably lame, a cringe-worthy capper on a film that really didn’t need even the most playful hint of another movie. Just…no.



    Thinking about how people have joked that Lindsay Lohan’s drug problems allowed Emma Stone to move in and take over her career (which I don’t really believe BTW), Heigl might have survived her rep as a diva except right about the time her films started to tank there came bursting onto the scene another 5’9” pretty, statuesque actress with a bombshell body, except she was a decade younger, who not only wowed the critics with her impressive dramatic acting chops in an indie film but charmed the public with her goofy, likable “I’m just a relatable dork” persona on talk shows.

    SUNDAY 04:07 PM

    Yes, and Jennifer Lawrence hasn’t been in or gone after the type of romcom movies that Heigl was in but you need a hook in Hollywood, something to make you standout and Heigl’s coming off Grey’s Anatomy was as the girl who was a statuesque stunner but was also relatable.

    SUNDAY 04:31 PM

    Right, JLaw has spent most of the 2010s bouncing between prestige fare and franchises, while fans happened to sour on Heigl in a big way around the time that DVD sales began to crater, which made mid-budget movies a lot less lucrative if they weren’t going to be players in Oscar season. I don’t really think it’s that Lawrence replaced Heigl in any way, just that JLaw ascended as the next big thing and the major studios severely curtailed production of the sort of movies that Katherine used to headline. The only overlap in their careers I can see is stand-alone action: talent wise, I think Heigl would done well in Passengers and if Killers were being made now, the studio would probably try to get Lawrence on board.


  58. Child stars who haven’t figured out they aren’t famous anymore

    Katherine Heigl

    Just like Tara Reid, many people don’t realize that Katherine Heigl was also a child star. Her first acting credit is from when she was 14, and of course, she also starred as Gerard Depardieu’s daughter in My Father the Hero when she was 16. But it took years until her starring roles in Grey’s Anatomy and Knocked Up before she became a bonafide superstar. Unfortunately, her off camera behavior on both of those projects earned her a legendary reputation for being difficult to work with. Shonda Rhimes, the Grey’s Anatomy showrunner, even infamously called Heigl out by name during a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter about her “no a******s policy” and not putting up with “bull***t or nasty people.”

    From then on, Heigl was constantly on the defensive. She’s even tried addressing her rude behavior on The Howard Stern Show, telling him that the fallout from her difficult reputation caused her to enter therapy. But the feeling must have translated to audiences as at some point, because Heigl hasn’t had a hit in a long time. Her two big network comebacks, State of Affairs and Doubt both flopped — the latter after only two episodes. And her latest movie as of this writing, Unforgettable, currently sits at a 26 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and has yet to make its money back, according to Box Office Mojo. Not to mention it looks like a Lifetime movie that they somehow tricked Rosario Dawson into doing. But the good news is Heigl already seems to have a backup plan in place with her series of Cat’s Pride cat litter commercials that she starred in earlier this year. One of them even has over 100,000 views on YouTube! That’s pretty good, right?


    • That what I was saying before, it’s all about the Cat’s Pride (and Simba’s too).


    • Celebs who let fame go to their heads

      Katherine Heigl

      Thanks to her Emmy-winning role on Grey’s Anatomy (2005-), the smash success of Knocked Up,(2007), and a $6 million role in 27 Dresses (2008), Katherine Heigl was poised for movie star success. Alas, she overestimated her clout in Hollywood after famously trashing some key people who’d helped her get ahead.

      It all started when Heigl revealed her true feelings about Knocked Up during an interview in Vanity Fair. “It exaggerated the characters, and I had a hard time with it, on some days. I’m playing such a b***h; why is she being such a killjoy?” she said. “It was hard for me to love the movie.” Needless to say, writer/director Judd Apatow and co-star Seth Rogen were not happy, and according to Rogen, Heigl has not apologized.

      Heigl slammed her co-workers again in 2008 when she withdrew her name for Emmy consideration for Grey’s Anatomy and released a statement saying, “I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination,” according to The New York Times. Television powerhouse Shonda Rhimes was “pissed,” and Heigl was off the show by the next season. As for her career? Her latest CBS drama was cancelled after just two episodes. Ouch.


      • It seems to me that audiences hold that whole deal, so they refuse to watch & support her. Personally, I’m indifferent about it.


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        Over the last decade, Katherine Heigl has slowly been developing a reputation as someone who’s extremely difficult to work with.

        The actress first raised eyebrows when she referred to Knocked Up as a “sexist” film and alluded that writer/director Judd Apatow was only interested in making his male characters likable. Although Knocked Up may indeed be made from a man’s perspective, Apatow certainly does a better job at developing his female characters more than most male writers working today, not to mention that one of the underlying themes of the film is that the male protagonist needs to learn how to grow up.

        Heigl also suffered a messy split from her hit ABC series Grey’s Anatomy, when the actress reportedly did not show up for work one day and was released from her contract as part of an ongoing disagreement with series creator Shonda Rhimes.

        Others have also reported that Heigl’s mother, who is also her manager, can be just as demanding as her daughter to work with.


  59. I meant that audience hold that whole deal with her from a decade ago against her.


  60. Cast Of Roswell: Where Are They Now?

    Katherine Heigl

    Katherine Heigl is probably Roswell’s breakout star. She starred in the show as Isabel Evans and was actually dating her on-screen brother Max (played by Jason Behr) at the time. It wasn’t until she landed the role of Izzie Stevens on the primetime medical drama Grey’s Anatomy that her career skyrocketed. She won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2007 and began landing movie roles as well. She had roles in Knocked Up, 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth, Killers, Life As We Know It and New Year’s Eve. Her once promising career, however, has since lost momentum due to her unprofessionalism and diva-like behavior on set, and also because her movies stopped making money. In recent years, she’s tried to return to TV with State of Affairs and Doubt, but both shows were quickly cancelled.


  61. “The last day of shooting, and again, I had just turned 16 on this movie. And he said, ‘You know Katie, I got girlfriends your age.’ And I said, ‘Isn’t that illegal?’ And he said, ‘They don’t seem to mind.’” —Katherine Heigl


  62. Grey’s Anatomy’s 300th episode will feature “a wink” to doctors from the show’s past, including Izzie

    “Doppelgängers are a big part of the story,” director Debbie Allen says of Thursday’s episode, which will feature patients who are a reminder of past doctors like George O’Malley, Cristina Yang and even Izzie Stevens. “I call this episode our Hubble Telescope, where you can look into the past and the future at the same time,” she adds.


  63. Actors Hollywood won’t cast in 2018

    Katherine Heigl

    In 2007, Katherine Heigl was on the brink of interstellar fame. With a ratings smash on the small screen–Grey’s Anatomy (2005-)–and a box office hit on the big screen–Knocked Up, Heigl seemed set to shine bright for decades to come. Then the bottom fell out.

    In a now infamous Vanity Fair interview, Heigl claimed Knocked Up was “a little sexist” and painted the “women as shrews,” which drew the ire of writer/director Judd Apatow. 

    “You’re like well at some point I’ll get a call like ‘Sorry, I was tired,'” Apatow said (via USA Today.) “And then the call just never comes.”

    Not to be outdone, Heigl also created a rift with Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes after the actress opted out of the Emmy race because she claimed she wasn’t “given good enough material to work with last season.” Heigl was summarily released from her contract in 2010. 

    When discussing her subsequent show, Scandal, Rhimes left no room for doubt about her thoughts on Heigl. “There are no Heigls in this situation,” Rhimes told The Hollywood Reporter. “I don’t put up with bulls**t or nasty people. I don’t have time for it.”

    Since then, Heigl’s career has been littered with critical failures, including 2017’s Unforgettable, which was anything but, and the CBS drama, Doubt, which was canceled in 2017 after two episodes. There’s no reason to believe 2018 will be any different, but hey, everyone loves a good comeback story. Maybe there’s hope for Heigl yet. 


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    It’s hard to find a convincing performance from Katherine Heigl. Even if you’ve seen her better known films, and been cajoled into watching more episodes of Grey’s Anatomy than you would have like, you’d be hard pressed to find the appeal. She’s known for the same kind of mind number schlock as Sandra Bullock, but somehow manages to do it worse.

    It’s kind of surprising to see the level of fame Katherine Heigl has managed to attain. Her most famous role is Dr. Lizzie Stevens in Grey’s Anatomy, the best friend to the show’s main character. Sure the role earned her two Golden Globe nominations, but she’s become far more famous than most of her former co-stars. Sometimes it’s hard to understand Hollywood.


    • You really have to wonder about anyone who writes an article today and identifies Katherine Heigl as a current “A-lister.”


      • I’ll stick up for her since she was a bit seemingly made to be a performer by her family. Though I write now, by choice when I was a kid, holy crow, I rejected anything my parents served up (they were doing a good job, I just didn’t like things in front of me:-).
        Think on this one: Katharine Heigl worked with Steven Seagal, who probably was a massive jerk to her, as he has been seemingly to everyone else.


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