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Actress Katherine Heigl has dismissed rumours she is hard to work with on set. The Knocked Up star was the target of a feature by The Hollywood Reporter last year (13) suggesting she and her producer/manager mother Nancy Heigl are "difficult" to work with.
The actress was promoting her new show State of Affairs at the Television Critics Association press tour on Sunday (13Jul14) when she was asked about the allegation, and she insisted she is not unpleasant to her co-stars and crew.
Heigl says, "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. "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."
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I believe it was René Descartes who wisely tweeted #HatersGonnaHate. The second you land in the public eye people will hate your sense of style, the geometry of your face, or even the sound of your voice. But what about when this hatred is justly deserved? Katherine Heigl has managed to alienate Hollywood insiders, fans, and audiences. She has attacked people who have helped shape her success like Judd Apatow and Shonda Rhimes. She’s even going after pharmacy chain, Duane Reade. Is anyone safe?
Heigl was a child model and best known for her role on the television series Roswell. Her movie credits at the time included horror movies Valentine, Bride of Chucky, and the body-switching family movie Wish Upon a Star. Then she lucked into a movie role in Knocked Up. She shined in the stoner comedy and the film was hugely successful. However, she later came out and said that the film was a little sexist. Now… that’s not a punishable offense. Apatow’s films are not renowned for their feminist ideals. However, she did break the Hollywood golden rule by burning a bridge. She also didn’t do much in the way of helping feminism with her roles playing roles similar to her annoying shrew role in Knocked Up in other romantic comedies.
Most of her success is due to Grey’s Anatomy. She was floating around the C-List until she was tapped to play charming Dr. Izzie Stevens. She even won an Emmy in 2007 for a major storyline for her character. However, to prove she has no loyalty at all she turned down a second Emmy nomination in 2008 stating:
“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.”
The only way to read that statement is as a huge slap in the face to the writers and show runner responsible for her success. It’s easy to point fingers and condescend when you’re successful. However, neither she or T.R. Knight found much success after being asked to get written off the show. She even said she wanted to return. However, Rhimes put it best when she told Oprah, “On some level it stung, and on some level I was not surprised. When people show you who they are, believe them.” Looks like Heigl may need Olivia Pope’s help to get out of this mess. It’s also worth mentioning that she told Oprah this after mentioning part of Scandal’s success is their “no a*****e policy.” Do with that what you will.
In an alternate universe, this honest, folksy Heigl could be the key to breaking down the tyranny of the Hollywood machine. However, she proves with her behavior that she’s probably just a jerk. She was poised to become like Sandra Bullock, a woman whose worst movies are still utterly delightful. But the main difference is that Bullock is likable. Bullock has handled a high profile divorce from good-press-black-hole Jesse James with diplomacy and grace. She handled her pre-Oscar campaigning with humor and personality. She is the folksy good-old girl that Heigl wishes she could be.
You cannot be outspoken and and make diva-ish demands while playing America's sweetheart roles. Hollywood Reporter has published multiple accounts of bad behavior by Heigl and her momager Nancy Heigl. If that’s not enough, she’s just smug. For example, when she was a presenter at the Emmys, where she won the now infamous award, she took a second to go off script to passive aggressively mock the announcer. If we can learn anything from the wickedly talented, one and only, Adele Dazeem, when it comes to the petty stuff like that, “Let it go!”
As if it isn’t enough she’s alienated herself from Hollywood, Heigl has decided to get litigious over a tweet. Now, Walgreens’ New York division Duane Reade, was pretty shameless in posting a paparazzi photo of Heigl coming out of the store with her purchases. But it’s not a 6 million dollar offense. Patronizing a store or using a product in public is sort of public domain. Tons of celebrities inadvertently endorse Starbucks, Red Bull, or brands of cigarettes. Policing social media does not seem like her place given her questionable integrity. Her time would be better spent sending 6 million tweets of thanks to the people who saw One For the Money.
It looks like Heigl is set to return to television. Maybe she has learned from all her bad behavior and can convince the whole world that she isn’t hypocritical, smug, passive aggressive, or a diva. Hopefully nothing but good things come to her. The one thing we have learned from Heigl is the negativity you put out in the world does come back to you.
Animal lover Katherine Heigl is spearheading a new campaign to find two special stray dogs a home in Los Angeles after the pups were rescued from the streets of Sochi, Russia. The actress and her mother, Nancy, have joined forces with reality TV star-turned-Winter Olympics correspondent Ali Fedotowsky to find dogs called Sochi and Adler homes.
The ladies met Fedotowsky at LAX airport in Los Angeles on Saturday (22Feb14) as she flew back from Russia with the dogs she fell in love with, and Heigl admitted to People.com that she was a little nervous about the pooch's health.
She said, "Sochi hasn't eaten in 15 hours and is throwing up, so we are hoping that it's just from the travel... We haven't done this before. We haven't done a rescue from another country. I'm nervous for the dogs. It's an awfully long flight. I'm hoping it's the beginning of the good life to come."
The dogs are now in quarantine as vets attempt to make sure the dogs are not carrying infectious diseases.
Heigl, who has seven dogs of her own, tells the website that Sochi has been diagnosed with canine parvovirus and will be receiving treatment and Adler has a cough.
The actress stopped in the small town of Esslingen, near Stuttgart, while in Germany promoting her latest movie One For The Money.
Heigl explored her ancestry with her mum Nancy, who was delighted to tour the house where her father Reinhold F. Engelhardt lived before emigrating to the U.S. in the 1920s.
Heigl was greeted by her cousins at a civic reception in Esslingen's Old City Hall, where Mayor Juergen Zieger presented her with gifts including documents tracing her family roots.
She told reporters, "I worked in Germany when I was 17 in Berlin. This will be my second time in Germany, so it still feels like another country to me, but being here in Esslingen feels very emotional because of the history we have here."
Heigl later signed autographs and posed for pictures with fans as well as a newlywed bride who had just married in the City Hall.
The Knocked Up star's mother Nancy insisted her daughter was always home by 1am in a bid to keep the blonde beauty out of trouble, and the actress always adhered to the rule - because she feared she'd be enrolled in a Swiss nunnery if she didn't make it home on time.
In a family interview with Elle magazine, Nancy explains, "Katie believed it for a very, very long time, and that's the most important thing. I believed I would do it, and she believed I would do it... We go to Switzerland. We go to the bottom of the mountain. We take away all her clothes, we put her in a cloth sack, we put her on a donkey and send her up to the top of the mountain, where she doesn't get to talk to anybody on a regular basis but will occasionally get a letter from me saying, 'How you doing?'"
But the star confesses she finally got fed up with her mum's rules and moved out at 22 after realising all her pals weren't tied down by the same restraints.
The actresses adds, "I had this boyfriend, and we were really serious. I'd be over at this house and it would come around one, and I'd be like, 'I gotta go. I got this curfew.' One night, he just looked at me and was like, 'What the hell is wrong with you?'"
The Knocked Up star and her mum Nancy have each put up $850,000 (£531,250) to buy a total of eight top condominiums in Sherman Oaks, California.
Each unit features hardwood flooring, granite kitchen counters, balconies and fireplaces, reports TMZ.com.
Katherine Heigl has made plans to stop puffing on her electronic cigarette long enough to produce and star in her very own HBO movie, called The Knitting Circle. In Craig Wright's adaptation of the best-selling Ann Wood book, Heigl will play the main character -- a woman who is married and eases her grief over the death of her daughter by participating in a knitting circle. Heigl's mother, Nancy, will produce as well, which makes sense considering she also produced two of her daughter's other movies, Life as We Know It and The Ugly Truth. So here's to mother-daughter projects: because if they don't tell the hard stories (like the ones where women find hobbies to cope with an extreme loss, or the ones where a woman finds herself having to talk through her orgasms when she's out to dinner with her friends and family because a particularly vindictive man is controlling the vibration speed of her pearl thong (and he knows just how she likes it)), then who will?
The Knocked Up star and her singer husband Josh Kelley welcomed baby Nancy Leigh into their family from Korea last September (09), when the baby was 10 months old.
Heigl revealed the tot, nicknamed Naleigh, had special needs, as well as a congenital heart defect. The baby underwent life-saving surgery when she was just two months old to repair a hole in her heart.
The baby girl had another operation just before Heigl took her home to Los Angeles and the actress insists Naleigh is now in perfect health.
She tells Harper's Bazaar magazine, "Her heart is 100 per cent fine now. She has a scar, so she won't be wearing bikinis, which is fine by us."
And Heigl is adamant being a mum to a special needs baby isn't as tough as it may seem.
She adds, "A lot of children don’t find forever homes because they’re on that special-needs list, even if it’s because of something as simple as her mother smoked cigarettes for a month, not knowing she was pregnant. That’s not so huge (a problem) that you couldn’t handle it."
Heigl and her singer husband Josh Kelley finalised the adoption of 10-month-old Nancy Leigh from Korea last month (Sep09).
The happy news came days before Grey's star Ellen Pompeo became a first-time mum and welcomed a baby girl with husband Chris Ivery.
Knight, who is openly gay, now admits his former castmates have him brooding for a child of his own.
Asked about Heigl's new daughter, he tells U.S. TV comedienne Ellen DeGeneres, "I want a baby. I don't know if it's going to end up working out, but that would be something I would like... I've wanted (kids) for a while, so (she) reinforces it."
Just a week after Cryer cryptically mentioned his "baby girl" during his Best Supporting Actor acceptance speech at the Emmy Awards, the 44 year old's publicist has confirmed he's a dad again.
Baby Daisy, born on 11 August (09), is Cryer's first child with 42-year-old Joyner, who he married in 2007.
The actor has a nine-year-old son, Charlie, from his first marriage to Sarah Trigger.
Cryer is the second TV star in as many weeks to adopt - Grey's Anatomy star Katherine Heigl and her husband Josh Kelley took custody of 10-month-old Korean girl Nancy Leigh earlier this month (Sep09).