Katherine Heigl is entitled, difficult, disloyal & ‘not worth it,’ says THR

Maybe it’s gossip sixth-sense. Maybe it’s just a lucky guess. But I’ve always known that Katherine Heigl is a piece of work. It’s not just “oh, she’s brassy and opinionated and THE MAN doesn’t like that.” Nope. She’s just unpleasant, greedy and rude. She alienates coworkers wherever she goes. She’s disloyal and narcissistic during interviews. Anyone who has ever dealt with her in a professional setting never wants to work with her again. And that says something, you know? If it was just an odd story here or there, you could say “well, it’s just a clash of personalities” or “that guy just doesn’t like sassy women.” Again, not so much. When it’s the overwhelming majority of people who have ever dealt with her, yeah… believe it. She’s not your sassy girlfriend. She’s just an unprofessional a—hole who gets it away with bad behavior because she’s a blonde America’s Sweetheart type.

So how bad has it gotten for Heigl? Pretty bad. So bad that she’s coming back to television after she flunked out of her big movie career. So bad that as soon as she got her hands on a TV project, all of her enemies have come out of the woodwork to bad-mouth her to The Hollywood Reporter. You can read the full piece here– it’s full of amazing Hollywood bitchery. Some highlights:

*Asked about the state of Heigl’s career, a top executive at a studio that made one of her movies says tartly, “I think she’s doing the perfect thing — going back to television.”

*[An] insider on the [Life As We Know It] recalls “desperately difficult situations” with Heigl, from casting to wardrobe and beyond. (Heigl, who was paid $12 million, didn’t have casting approval but insisted on exercising it, says this source.) “She can cost you time every single day of shooting,” says this person. “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.’ ”

*As has been the case since the days when Heigl was a child model, her mother was fiercely protective. “I have never experienced anything like Nancy Heigl,” says this source. “It’s about the mouth. ‘F— you. You are a f—ing liar.’ … 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. The frustrating part is [Heigl] is incredibly talented and smart.”

*Things began to go awry [in 2008]. Heigl had her first full-on starring role in the romantic comedy 27 Dresses, but in the Vanity Fair cover story to promote that film, she vented about the negative turn that her Grey’s character had taken. Izzie’s arc was “a ratings ploy,” she said, because the show was in its fourth season and “there’s not a lot of spontaneity left.” (The show is about to begin its 10th season). Heigl also disparaged Knocked Up, and the notion that she was not only ungrateful but disloyal began to take hold.

*Production had gone smoothly on 27 Dresses, says a high-level source involved in the film, until it was time to promote the picture overseas. “There were movie-star demands — big rooms, the mother there, all the stuff,” says this person. ” ‘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.” The prospect of working again with Heigl lost its allure.

*In June 2008, Heigl announced that she would not seek another Emmy for Grey’s, citing a desire “to maintain the integrity of the academy organization.” The show’s creator, Shonda Rhimes, deflected questions about Heigl’s behavior at the time but told Oprah Winfrey in December 2012: “On some level, I was not surprised. When people show you who they are, believe them.”

*Predictions for her new show: “If you make your picks based on stable actors, it’d be a small list,” acknowledges a top television executive. But given Heigl’s reputation, he says a project would have to be blazing hot for a network to consider getting involved. A top producer at another network says there were reservations when Heigl’s name came up a few months ago for a project that had been greenlighted to pilot: “On many levels, she would have been perfect for the role, but all of us said, ‘She’s not worth it.’ ”

[From The Hollywood Reporter]

To be somewhat fair to her, I cut out some of the quotes showing support for Katherine, which were spaced out in between the tales of her entitled diva behavior and disloyalty. For what’s it worth, I do think part (PART not ALL) of the problem is Heigl’s mom and the people around Heigl – there are plenty of actors and actresses who act like huge d-bags on a regular basis, but you don’t hear about it as much because those actors have great teams of qualified people around them, protecting them and insulating them. Katherine doesn’t have that. But if she was serious about her career and about “changing,” you’d think that she would realize that she should put a better team in place to manage her career? And that’s what I come back to – because at the end of the day, Heigl is responsible for herself and her image and her team. If she hasn’t fired her mom yet, that means that she really hasn’t changed at all.

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  1. Atlantapug says:

    Oh. She’s still around? Can’t stand her. Thought Grey’s Anatomy was all about her. She’s a classic case of “thinks she’s better than everyone else”.

  2. Pastyousayyouneverknew says:

    That second picture used here is perfection.

  3. Birdie says:

    I remember her complaining all over the media that they had to work 12 hours on the Grey’s Anatomy set, but it turned out it was because of her and the scheduling conflict with her movies.
    Fire your mother.

    • Karen says:

      Unless things have changed, 12 hour days is industry standard. As an actor, she wouldn’t even be working those 12 hours straight. There’s all the set up time with the crew, makeup touch ups, etc. She’s an entitled whiner.

      In Knocked Up, she was the worst thing about that movie. She looked way too old then to be playing Seth Rogen’s girlfriend, even if she was meant to play older than him anyway.

      I dislike her.

    • ncmagnolia says:

      I, too, remember her always running her big, opinionated mouth all over Entertainment Tonight and other celebrity shows. Cannot. STAND. Her.

      Why is the industry trying to make her happen again??

    • I Choose Me says:

      At first I didn’t get all the hate. I know there’s been stories about her being ‘difficult’ since her Roswell days but I thought she was the cool, no-nonsense type, who doesn’t put up with bullsh-t and is loyal to the bone. But it was that interview as well as her bitchy passive aggressive quote about withdrawing her name from the Emmy nominations because the material didn’t warrant it that made me seriously dislike her. She was right about her Grey’s Anatomy story line but you can be unhappy about your character arc without publicly dissing the writers and your boss. Shame, because I really do think she’s a good actress. Seems like some actors (side-eye to Shia Lebeouf) have serious foot in mouth disease.

  4. MCraw says:

    Why on earth is she screaming like a wild baboon in that photo.

    Ugh, her bratty bitchiness wafts off that foto like stench.

  5. missmerry says:

    “there are plenty of actors and actresses who act like huge d-bags on a regular basis, but you don’t hear about it as much because those actors have great teams of qualified people around them, protecting them and insulating them. Katherine doesn’t have that.”

    I think that’s a brilliant observation about celebrities. I never thought of that before and I bet it really does make all the difference between thinking a huge star is ‘down to earth’ or ‘a d-bag’…it’s all an illusion.

    Everything in Hollywood, from relationships to fights to breakups to gossip about a movie’s production is all planned (in my opinion), including the kind of person the celebrities want the public to think they are.

    joke’s on us.

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      Well I think the actors/actresses that are huge d-bags eventually get caught. By many people–in real life, sometimes it takes a while to find out that someone you consider a friend to be an asshole.

      This happened to me last year in school. I had one class with him, never hung out with him outside of that class–but thought that he was pretty funny, pretty smart, cool, and laid back. Now he IS all of those things–but the thing that I didn’t see until near the end of the school year is that he can aid and abet some pretty seriously douchey and bullying behavior–which seriously changed my opinion. He is now someone that if he asked me if I wanted to go somewhere, I’d say no.

      So, I think no matter the handlers, it’s going to come out eventually, by that person’s own actions if they’re an ass or not. Whether they drive away the good people that they have around them–talk to the hotel staff, that’ll be a big one…. but it’ll eventually get out. You can’t hide ALL of your character flaws from everyone.

    • brin says:

      I agree, it’s all pr spin. Maybe she should have fired her momager.

      • snakecharmer says:

        yeah i mean moms are awesome, dont get me wrong, but not all are qualified to perform in that capacity. i dont understand how people cant recognize that. narcissistic to the hilt to the point that it is negatively impacting her job prospects. sad

    • Sloane Wyatt says:

      You are so right, missmerry. It is all an illusion.

      Katherine needs to unhitch herself from a toxic relationship with her mother. In the fishbowl of Hollywood, your team will make or break you.

      Her mother has sunk her talons in deep since childhood and has, at the very least, fostered an unhealthy dependency. This reminds me of Shia’s mommy issues and makes me sad to think of how child stars can be so warped by the very person they are taught is the only one who can be trusted. A neurotic stage parent who is compulsively driven by their own demons spoon feeds arrogance, entitlement, poisonous immature attachment, and the need to control other people.

      Someone needs to send Ms. Heigl a copy of ‘How to Be an Adult in Relationships’ STAT.

    • lauren says:

      Of course everything is a spin! But apart from needing a very good team in hollywood the studios/ directors/ producers accept shitty,rude, and unprofessional behavior as long as the star delivers at the box office or in ratings, because it´s all about the money. Look at Charlie Sheen. He behaves like an a**hole for years.

    • Z says:

      Yes I do agree with your comment. A matter of fact me and a friend was talking about Hollywood life. She was saying the exact same thing you said. Hollywood is not a real world and its all about being fake. People on the outside trying to look in do not seem to understand that the system try to make us believe what they want. It’s nothing but a game to Hollywood. Hollywood is calculating and about B.S.

    • Bridget says:

      They’ll protect you… As long as you’re worth it.

    • pantalones en fuego says:

      My theory is that Hollywood differentiates between one randomly acting like a d-bag (diva demands, difficult on set, etc) but draws the line at people who badmouth writers and producers. That is where she effed up.

      • pwal says:

        I keep going back to this, but I honestly think that it’s true. If a HW person (actor/actress, singer/performance, or writer/director/producer) can make the maximum amount of money or create the maximum amount of buzz for the collective in front of and behind the scenes, then they will always have a place in HW.

        HW doesn’t like to work too hard for these things, and if a person can provide that without much effort or financial capital, they get the protection. See Allen, Polanski, Weinstein, Clooney, Cruise pre-couch jump, Oprah, pre OWN fail…

    • holly hobby says:

      If you read the HR article, her PR team fired her. So I’m guessing she was not willing to take their advice for the sake of her career.

      I honestly feel that her mother is stunting her. Mommy probably tells her every day she’s a special snowflake and how dare the peons treat her with subpar food, clothes and scripts!

      I couldn’t stand her ever since she kept bringing up the TR Knight & Isaiah Washington incident. It was constantly every day on tv. She just wouldn’t shut up about it. While it’s admirable to stick up for a friend, she took it to the point where she gave off the image that she was using it to get press (and she was getting a lot of those).

      She used to be great friends with TR Knight and Kate Walsh. Notice you never see them hanging around? It’s just her and momager.

  6. Nanz says:

    That picture of her…wailing? Is AMAZING. I follow this blog religiously and don’t recall ever having seen it. It just made MY LIFE.

  7. aims says:

    What a pain in the ass. she’s burning her bridges, which is fine. Maybe she’ll go away.

  8. Merritt says:

    This is news? I thought had been known for years.

  9. I hate to hear this because I LOVED her on Grey’s. Izzy was my favorite character, and the episodes with her and Denny are still hard for me to watch (but also my favorite episodes ever, so I cry my way through them.)

  10. MP says:

    Thora Birch’s dad destroyed her career. Heigl better be careful.

  11. neelyo says:

    Wow. She really did burn a lot of bridges if that article made it to print. Sounds like she should have gotten rid of the Momoger a long time ago.

  12. TG says:

    People who can’t manage their life without mommy tagging along and managing it for them are not worth knowing. They need to have a class in Hollywood for just such types to teach them how to think on their own. We could put Kim Kartrashian in the class as well.

    • Sloane Wyatt says:

      TG, a guru type who taught stars how to unhitch from their stage parents would clean up $$$$.

      • Kim says:

        Top agencies have this sort of thing because alot of mothers are the ones who took their kids to endless auditions etc and their children wouldnt be famous without the hard work these stage moms did and their kids feel indebted to them.

        Most stage moms give up their life to obtain their childs dreams (or sadly sometimes their own unfulfilled dream). But alot of moms & dads are the one their children owe their careers to. Kids cant drive themselves to auditions, pay for their own head shots, acting lessons, etc. (Britney Spears, Olsen twins, the list is endless). Katherine is in tough place. Who wants to fire their own mother even if they know its ruining their career.

    • holly hobby says:

      Brooke Shields’ career was in the dumps for a long time. There were a lot of rumors that it was due to her momager. When she married Andre Agassi, he talked her into dumping momager and hiring a real manager. That’s when she enjoyed that mini career resurgence (Grease, Suddenly Susan) etc.

      Yes mom was good when you were a kid but at some point, the pros should step in.

      If Nancy was such a great manager, she would have had other clients. Alas, she just has Katie.

  13. Jayna says:

    Funny how guys don’t get this treatment.

  14. Kate says:

    I think she’s definitely difficult, but I also think she’s gotten a raw deal. She talked shit about Knocked Up and Greys, but it was nothing everyone else wasn’t saying, and compared to, say, Robert Pattinson talking about Twilight or Robert Downey Jr. talking about all he dreck he’s done, her comments were so mild. When men talk shit about their projects we talk about how funny and honest and self-aware they are, when women do it they’re hypocrites and bitches.

    Now people are calling her grabby for asking for high salaries, but in all but one case she got what she was asking for. That’s not greed, that’s knowing what you’re worth. And for a while there she was worth a lot. Again, you don’t see male actors getting slammed for negotiating their salaries well.

    Even when she stuck-up for her friend TR Knight after that incident with Isaiah Washington, people attacked her for it. Her outspokenness was the only reason that whole thing didn’t get swept under the carpet (the rest of the cast and Shonda Rimes were riding the fence hard), yet people who would otherwise be up in arms about an issue like that were saying she should sit down and shut up. And that was before there was any talk of her being difficult on set, that was just based on her not being scared to speak up in defense of a friend. Some people just decided to hate her on sight I think.

    • minime says:

      I like what you say and although I can believe that she might be difficult to work with I don’t think that the reasons these people people give to justify it actually make any sense.
      So she’s outspoken and maybe obnoxious, but she never seemed to crash a set, rage at her co-workers or miss her responsibilities. How many did that and a lot more and earn nothing but respect? Shonda Rhimes also seems a bit too invested in propagating this image of her…

    • Sloane Wyatt says:

      Kate,

      That’s a very well reasoned argument against this piece of character assassination, even though some people *coughKaiser* say where there’s smoke there’s fire.

      Case in point, you cannot say Heigl is disloyal. She showed some real strength of character in supporting T.R. Knight.

    • Bridget says:

      I really wanted to like Katherine Hiegl. I liked her on Grey’s, and I thought she was really funny in Knocked Up. But what brought her down wasn’t demanding a high salary or even being kind of outspoken. Did you catch the part where they were saying that the difficulties came DURING production and promotion? Picture a film set: you have camera people, wardrobe, sound, makeup, runners, etc. People that you’re paying. Otheractors. And your lead actress won’t come out of her trailer because she doesn’t lile the wardrobe. Or she has a problem with the script (and considering the movies she’s made, that woman’s taste is suspect). Or she doesnt like that day’s craft services. Imagine this constantly. Then imagine all those other people in that background, that you’re paying to do nothing while your lead actress is mad at something or other. Now add in the momager making demands constantly, and not particularly nicely. Unprofessional.

      Can you imagine if not a single person who had worked with you ever wanted to work with you again? That’s a pretty damning commentary.

      • lucy2 says:

        I have to agree. I have no patience for people who keep others from doing their job and getting a project done, simply because they’re difficult to work with, or want to control things that aren’t their responsibility.

        I don’t have an issue with her having critical thoughts on some of her past projects, but do it in a constructive, not whining, way. And I don’t have a problem with her raising her salary request when she had a couple of money making hits, but you have to keep it reasonable for the project, and her hits were a while ago.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        @Lucy2
        From what I heard about the extravagant salary demands, (in Star Market, I think) she wanted something like 3 million for a few days of work in Valentine’s Day. She was supposed to play Julia Robert’s role (she played as the soldier on the plane next to Bradley Cooper–who was the gay rich guy)–who was in the movie for maybe ten minutes tops. Which, unless you’re Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie–someone at that level, you can demand that kind of salary. But not at the level she was.

      • holly hobby says:

        I agree with your assessment. She basically held production hostage on one minor, petty grievance after another for all of her movies. If only one person is badmouthing her, I’d give it a pass. However, if every production staff she’s worked with said this, then it isn’t a sexist issue but her issue.

        Let’s not forget how she went on maternity leave on Grey’s and didn’t show up on the reported date. I remember TMZ was on Heigel watch. She didn’t show up until maybe the second or third day when Shondra decided to cut her ties and negotiate an out for her contract. Remember, she just renewed her contract on the third year so it wasn’t like she was near the end of it (like Sandra Oh is now). I remember a lot of fans sided with her and said Shondra abruptly ended Izzie’s storyline. No, she didn’t. She had to because Katie lost interest.

        Loyalty isn’t about friendship in this article. Loyalty is about not biting the hand that feeds you or the one that gave you a big career break (that was Grey’s).

      • Bridget says:

        Here’s what’s sexist: The fact that when they put out the list of the Top 20 most hated people in Hollywood (or something like that) the top 3 are women who have committed no crime besides being “annoying”. It’s sexist that Kristen Stewart being caught with a married man may actually be the defining moment in her career. But Katherine Heigl’s career misfortunes are not sexist. She’s behaved unbearably for years and not treated people well. And now it’s coming back to bite her.

      • Kay says:

        It doesn’t matter if the ‘otheractors’ are there waiting for her for ten hours, or 10 minutes. People on movie sets(like a PA..and extra, or stand-in..all positions I have been) make the same amount of money, per day, which is set before the day starts..whether the filming takes 14 hours or 14 minutes, you will get the $200 per day or whatever small amount they decide to pay you. Actresses, like Heigel, have it way easier. They have everything prepared for them before they arrive on set. The stand in gets the lighting right for them before the filming starts. They show up to do the small amount of lines they need to do, then leave(and eat if they want as they have everything catered to them in their trailor) It is the people who work around the scenes who do all the work. And get treated HORRIBLY if you are a PA or extra…..

    • Algernon says:

      Okay, but what about the demands on set, the complaining about long work days when the days are long in order to accommodate *her* schedule, and the fact that she had bad-mouthed not one but several projects she’s been in? She gets a pass on the TR Knight situation because I do think she was standing up for a friend, but Knocked Up? Grey’s? Roswell? She consistently talks $h!t about previous jobs, and that’s not a likeable quality.

      There is a double-standard, I agree, but in Heigl’s case I don’t think the defense is worth it. Every time one of these hit pieces on her comes up, look at the wide variety of people who come out to talk about her. Producers, writers, directors, other actors, agents/managers. People from every aspect of the industry complain. It’s like everyone she comes into contact with walks away with a story. That says a lot, to me. And they all have the same refrain: She *is* talented, but the drama she brings isn’t worth it. And it’s been said for years. You can trace these kinds of stories all the way back to her Roswell days.

      I get your larger point but I do think Heigl is pretty much every bad thing said about her, and then some.

    • Pink says:

      I dislike Heigl but I agree completely that some sexism is at play.

      Quoting a high price for your work isnt GREED if you are male. Its ambition, drive, courage. All positive traits. And if the buyer doesnt like it they can either negotiate or get someone else. Thats business!

      This whole ‘girls shouldnt want too much’ is the reason women dont fight for promotions. I know. I’ve been in HR for 20 years.

      • Poink517 says:

        Thank you, Pink. This is so true. I’ve had this discussion recently with friends. It’s frustrating how women can behave the same way as men when it comes to asking for things we deserve and we’re called arrogant and ‘hard to work with’ while men are just labeled assertive. Makes me sick.

      • Bridget says:

        Rumor has it that by the end of her run, Hiegl was straight up demanding extra cash as reimbursement for lodging during filming… When she was staying in her own home. Greedy.

      • Kim says:

        100% true. You know there are plenty of celeb men WAY worse than Heigl who dont get bad press. Also plenty of female actresses that are way worse, Julia Roberts, etc. They just have great pr people.

        Sadly its her mother & who wants to fire the mother that took you to all your auditions/got you famous in first place. She is in a tough situation where she needs to fire her mother and keep her career or vice versa.

    • Samtha says:

      +1000. She’s probably difficult…in the same way 85% of actors/actresses are.

      I kind of wonder if she refused to sleep with someone Hollywood-important, to get this kind of public treatment.

    • Runs with Scissors says:

      Great comment Kate. Total double standard. All it takes is one douch-bag to stir the pot, and bam, all the sheep pile on.

    • Kelly says:

      Agree. I like her, actually would like to see her in more movies. And her comments about Knocked Up were pretty accurate.

  15. Christin says:

    Must have been great to be dining near her, based on that photo. She needs to grow up and not be so dependent on her mother.

  16. The Original Mia says:

    She’s in a NyQuil commercial that isn’t a celebrity endorsement. Examine your life choices, Ms. Heigl!

  17. janie says:

    I loved her in Grey as well… Too bad she’s such a jerk, but most if them are.

  18. Happyhat says:

    Damn…she’s not going to get anywhere if she doesn’t fire her mother.

    I like to imagine her mother’s a lot like Angela Lansbury’s character in the original ‘Manchurian Candidate’. Terrifying, manipulative, totally in control; Katherine is merely a puppet.

    “Mother says I must insist on a bigger hotel room…”

  19. TheyPromisedMeBeer says:

    I began to dislike her the moment she called out “Knocked Up” for being sexist. Not because she wasn’t right, but because if she had such a problem with that movie’s treatment of women, then she didn’t have to sign onto the project. Especially since she signed up for The Ugly Truth right after without any complaints about THAT movie.

    I’m all for someone calling out the Hollywood system. But that isn’t what Katherine Heigl has been doing all these years.

    • magpie says:

      This is what I was gonna say. Knocked up made her a star and she bashed it and the whole apatow crew. Not smart. I think they really didn’t appreciate it, but they kept mum and classy about it.

      On the other hand, if she really thought the script was sexist, why did she do it then? Plus her later films were even worse!

    • lucy2 says:

      I’m pretty sure she was even the executive producer of Ugly Truth – which is even worse, IMO. It seemed very hypocritical after what she said about Knocked Up.

      • starrywonder says:

        My thing is yes she should demand a high salary and if someone pays her it then good. This junk that women should not ask for higher salaries and should be grateful for whatever they are given is just a joke. We are having issues as a country right now with women getting equal pay to their male counterparts.

        For crying out loud, Johnny Depp demanded a bigger trailer for Amber Heard and no one commented on that crap. I thin Heigl wants to be treated just as her male counterparts in Hollyweird are being treated (shocker).

        That being said yep she was an idiot for biting the Apatow’s crew’s hand. She pretty much got herself blacklisted by him and his other friends (who make a significant amount of movies in Hollywood). I think she could have weathered that if she if had not made the Ugly Truth which was 10 times more sexist then Knocked Up every could have hoped to be (remember the electronic panties scene? And men love women with long hair?). Ugh.

        That coupled with her acting spoiled and ungrateful towards the end of her run on Grey’s killed her. I do admire her for standing up for T.R. Knight but Heigl was upset with the direction that took her character (the whole Izzie/George sex) and lashed out against Shonda and the writers for it. Heck I would have too that whole season sucked. Instead of her keeping her head down and letting them privately know she was upset she was dumb enough to air her grievances in public thinking she could walk away from Grey’s and be some big movie star.

        Frankly if she had not fouled up with Appatow and managed to not air her issues with Grey’s I think she would be the new rom-com queen which she was posed to be. I did like 27 Dresses, heck I even liked Life As We Know It. Now though no one is even giving her movies a chance so she MUST go back to television and try to star in some small character driven indies to rehabilitate herself.

    • Kate says:

      This is what I don’t get. Knocked Up came out in 2007. The Ugly Truth came out in 2009. She wasn’t a hypocrite when she made those comments about Knocked Up. People didn’t start hating on her for those comments a year and a half later, after The Ugly Truth, they attacked her straight off the bat.

      Apatow shoots hours upon hours of footage, then edits it all down. It’s quite possible Katherine thought it was going to be a very different film based on what she shot.

      • LAK says:

        Personally i feel that if she had gone on to make better films instead of WORSE ones ,in terms of being sexist or whatever else she complained about, than KNOCKED UP, then the fuss would have died down.

        Since she did not, and the first film out of the gate was worse than the very film she was complaining about on the same point, it simply made her look bad.

        At the end of the day, Hollywood will tolerate all sorts of behaviour -See Roman Polanski or Woody Allen, even Demi Moore, but it won’t tolerate failure.

        Whilst she was making money on films that were worse than KNOCKED UP, she was tolerated by Hollywood. Unfortunately, she went right on making the bad films whilst being outspoken in a way that made her seem whiny and ungrateful, the combination of which turned off the public, and her films started to bomb.

        Once that happened, Hollywood stopped tolerating her and simply turned up the volume on her previously tolerated bad behaviour.

        If this show turns into a hit, Hollywood will go back to kissing up to her. Ditto Lilo.

      • kibbles says:

        LAK – Good that you brought up people like Allen and Polanski. Heigl’s behavior pales in comparison to the horrible criminal acts these men have committed with the full backing and support of Hollywood’s A-list. It’s disgusting. While I believe Heigl and her mom can be difficult to work with at times, Hollywood will turn a blind eye to so many other things as long as the person (usually a man) turns out hit after hit. Also, look at Heigl’s Ugly Truth co-star Gerard Butler. Is his behavior much better than hers? At least Heigl seems to be low-key and a devoted mother. He’s a druggie and alcoholic who sleeps with anything that moves. His career is in the tank too, but I doubt there would ever be a hit piece on him like this article on Heigl. There is definitely a sexist element to this along with the fact that she hasn’t proven herself to be a bankable actress.

  20. NeNe says:

    Personally, I think she is a horrible actress. In my opinion, she’s right in front of Jennifer Aniston in the worst actress category.

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      I agree; I’ve seen her in Grey’s, 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth…I’ve seen the trailer’s for Knocked up, Stephanie Plum and Life As We Know It—and from what I can see, she’s playing the exact same character. Always neurotic, prim and proper, responsible–there is really no difference between her characters except a haircut and location. She uses the same voice and facial expressions for EVERYTHING. All of her characters are, I don’t know how to describe it, but anxiously neurotic…..

      To be honest, the only reason I’d even watch her movies is if there is absolutely nothing else to watch/to do at the store where I rent.

  21. heidi says:

    Never understood why she ever had any popularity to begin with.

  22. Hautie says:

    I suspect Princess Ass-Talk (copyright@Lainey) was a big pain to deal with, prior to having found success in TV.

    Then having a couple of successful films. Just made her intolerable.

    And as much as people want to play it off, her being an ass as not being a big deal. That she is just misunderstood. All of that just cracks me up.

    Producers never turn their backs on young blonde actresses.

    Especially ones that can carry a movie.

    Heigl was being set up to be the next big thing. And was well on her way.

    But it all stopped.

    And don’t tell me it was over a couple of bombs.

    They all make bombs. The real question no one is asking. Is who did she p*ss off. She made a very powerful enemy. Somewhere. One that effectively killed her getting hired for any decent projects.

    Now she has been dumped into some NBC show. That will be lucky to make it to episode 4 before it is cancelled. And I bet she had to kiss a lot of ass to get that job.

    • TG says:

      @Hautie – I think you are on to something. I notice on this site and others that no one seems to like Heigel. But not liking someone doesn’t make them go away. If that were enough we wouldn’t have to deal with Miley or Toddler Beiber, among others.

    • magpie says:

      I think pissing off the Apatows was a big part of it, Shonda Rhimes too. I don’t think her demise was just because of one person.

      • Apsutter says:

        Agreed. She talked poorly about a bunch of her projects which ticked off high profile producers, show runners, writes, and executives. Plus the difference between her and other men who talk poorly of projects is that people like RDJ and Brad Pitt will mention bad stuff they’ve been in but it’s always YEARS after the fact. Plus she was a rising star and was taking shots at the work she was given. I think most young actors would have just been grateful for the opportunity but as soon as she got some “shine” from her work she was running her mouth.

  23. kibbles says:

    Her mom seems like a really overbearing stage mom who probably got Katherine’s career started as a teen model and actress. Katherine probably doesn’t want to figure out how to function and steer her own career without her mom’s help, which up to this point has been somewhat successful.

    Unfortunately, both she and her mother have gotten too big for their britches since her “break out” role in Knocked Up. I thought that movie was stupid, but it made a ton of money at the box office, so she was the “it” girl of the moment. However, it didn’t solidify her status as a bonafide movie star. Knocked Up wasn’t a serious, critically acclaimed Oscar contender like Titanic or Junebug, which catapulted Winslet and Adams into the spotlight. And instead of following up that film with a solid, critically acclaimed film, she went on to do really horrible romcoms, I guess in an attempt to become the next romcom queen. She’s simply made some horrible career choices, and on top of that, has an overbearing mother who encourages her bad attitude and narcissism.

    I don’t know who told her doing the Nyquil commercial was a good move. It just made her more vulnerable to her critics who now have something to point to as evidence that she’s now a has-been.

    I don’t hate her, but I never thought she was a great actress either. Some of the criticism is unfair and a lot of these sources are unnamed. Everyone in Hollywood has a minion who worked on a film set with an ax to grind. The story would be more reliable if the sources of these accusations were named.

    I think she needs to take a break, fire her mom, get a good PR manager, and become pickier about her roles. Stop the Nyquil commercials and do a low-key independent film. She needs to gain back the trust and confidence of directors by proving that she can produce good work without being a diva. I don’t know if she can do that at this point. She seems to have burned a lot of bridges for a semi-famous B-list actress.

  24. Justme says:

    Some of her behaviour likely her Mother’s fault, but at her age, she should know better, with or without Mommy that how you treat others eventually comes back to haunt you.

    In EVERY SINGLE workplace there are a**holes like her, but in Hollywood, as said, as long as you are making money, bratty behaviour is allowed and their reps hide their nasty from the public so we only see the good and rarely hear about the bad (and if we do, the reps deny it). I’m actually amazed more extras/film peopel don’t talk about a start’s shitty behaviour more (but I guess afraid of not being hired again and also may sign stuff).

    KH is NOT WORTH the hassle for sure. Her acting is not great (I hated Izzy, too whiny/teary for me but was her best role). I pity the crew she works on a new TV show because they will have to deal with her DAILY for MONTHS!! And honestly, there are SO MANY ACTORS around for hire, why do studios put up with the rude ones at all??!!

  25. Sandy says:

    I went to a shooting of The Martha Stewart Show once (yes, years ago), and Katherine Heigl was a guest. I’m not a fan, because she comes off as “Look at me, I’m soooo special because I’m blond and pretty!” and she just confirmed that vibe on the show for me. Then, Martha introduced her mother, and I thought “oh, maybe she’s a nice girl, after all she brought her mother!” From this post I realized that Katherine Heigl doesn’t go ANYWHERE without her mother, and her mother is the enforcer! That’s just weird. I mean, Katherine Heigl has a daughter, and she can’t go anywhere without her mother? Wow!

    • TG says:

      @Sandy – I agree it is when mother’s are still tagging along with their grown children either as momagers, BFFs or nannies. JLo’s mom is always in pics walking with the kids and the luggage while JLO and her latest boy toy are out in front preening for the cameras. Leo DeCaprio can’t go anywhere with out mommy and if you know anything about Kim Kartrashian you know that she and her mom might actually have the sickest co-dependent relationship in Hollywood. There are many others celebs who are just the same but these three come to mind immediately. Oh almost forgot, it is beginning to look like Duchess Katherine also is controlled by her mom. I think Beyonce was smart to ditch her dad as her manager or else she would have become his puppet as well. Also, Heigel even has the same hideous hairstyle as her mom. Weird.

    • kibbles says:

      I have an overbearing mother who loves to rule my life and tell me what to do. I know she tries to do this because she loves me and thinks her actions are in my best interest. It is best to keep these kind of parents at arms-length when it comes to your career and relationships. They have an opinion on everything and if they think someone is ignoring or mistreating their child in the slightest, the claws will come out and it can end in an unnecessary brawl or argument with another party. I have had these things happen to me before, and I’ve realized at this point that there is nothing I can do to change my mother. I can only live my life and be thankful that she doesn’t have any control over my career even though she likes to interrogate me on everything from my love life to my finances whenever I call her. Having these types of mothers is not fun. I can’t believe there are people like Heigl who don’t realize that an overbearing parent with unrealistic demands is a huge turn-off when dealing with others. I can’t imagine having someone like that as my manager. If she wants to revive her career, she’ll have to make the difficult decision of letting her mom go. Her mom won’t be happy and it could seriously damage their relationship, but Heigl is way overdue to handle her own life and career.

  26. Samtha says:

    So…her “big demands” were to have a nice hotel room and her mother there? Come ON. What actor or actress doesn’t ask for a suite while promoting a movie they’re the star of?

    If her demands were really so unreasonable, how about mentioning the actual unreasonable demands?

    Heigl is undoubtedly difficult, but so are lots of other actors/actresses. There’s a lot of sexism at play here, IMO.

  27. Evyn says:

    I don’t think her demands are any different than those celebs that send their list of demands before an appearance.

  28. Penelope says:

    I like KH as an actress. She also does a ton of work for animals, always a huge plus in my book.

  29. Bridget says:

    Could you imagine doing your job as a regular person, and at the end of every single project your performance review contained the phrase ”all other participants declined to work with this person again” – would you ever expect to get hired again?

  30. Holden says:

    Some people just don’t know what they’ve got until it is gone. I actually feel a little bad for her and hope she can turn it around, but yeah – when she slammed Knocked Up, I remember thinking, “Who would want to deal with that?”

  31. d says:

    WOW, who did she pi** off was my first thought on that article. Holy Moses, it’s astonishing on so many levels. In the first place, I’m surprised they didn’t get her side of it. Typically, aren’t journalists supposed to get the other side of story in pieces like this?
    On the other hand, maybe CB is right…where there’s smoke, constantly, maybe there’s fire?
    Then again, maybe this article is like a message to Heigl, like no one can get to her (maybe because of her mom), and it was decided, ok, give her a reality check in public.
    It’s just so weird. I want to like her and I want to think that it’s just because she’s assertive and doesn’t give off the vibe like so many actresses do that she’d be up for a casting couch session, plus, yeah she works with animals, etc. (tho maybe that’s a good coverup for her bitchniess?)…but man. who knows. Again, weird.

    • Apsutter says:

      Well it’s in The Hollywood Reporter which an industry publication. They often keep tabs on people’s careers and how they are faring. This reminds me of when Wes Bentley was re-emerging on the scene. They wrote about him and someone said that his people put it out there for THR very purposefully to convey to the industry that he was aware that he had made mistakes but that he’s clean now and ready and willing to be dedicated and work.

    • Samtha says:

      The full article says she and her mother declined to comment, or something like that, so they did at least try to get her perspective.

  32. Gal says:

    Everytime I read an article about her I only have one response: Poor Josh. (her husband).

  33. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    Goop should hire her colorist.

  34. sean says:

    I have never heard of the Hollywood press attacking an actor like that before. Imagine how bad she must really be for them to do that.

  35. QueenHoa says:

    I remember her from a movie called Wish Upon A Star. Back then it was on the Disney channel. This was in the 90′s. I still like her.

  36. Karen81 says:

    Well her husbands music career is stuck so in the mud. Perhaps thag helps explain part of her redassness. But not all of it.

  37. anet says:

    in other words, she has good taste in arts and entertainment….and is tired of stupid shows like Greys Anatomy that are hyped up as edgy and interesting. good on her.

    • holly hobby says:

      Really? How to explain The Ugly Truth, the horrid spy caper with Ashton Kutcher, New Year’s Eve, STephanie Plum? She was an exec producer on several of these movies. The fact that this list doesn’t include any “good” movies pretty much defeats the argument that she has “good taste.”

      I bet Grey’s on its worse days looks good to her now.

  38. A says:

    Can somebody tell me what the hell is going on in the second pic? Where is that from?

  39. bluecalling says:

    don’t feel sorry for her at all… the Grey’s stunt was just silly and, although my lgbtqa (I.e. sane human) self found what Isaiah did deplorable and assinine, she just would not let it rest until she made sure it ruined his career. But he was the best thing on that show and considering the stories about her and Patrick’s antics, mix that with the perfectionist a-hole Isaiah is, you got that mess. people were saying go Katherine when she was being mouthy about grey’s, she thought she had a lifelong free pass but it was an annual membership. should have read the fine print more carefully.

  40. mememememe says:

    She thought she was A-list and could act out. She learned real quick that her status was strictly D-list. Ungrateful, backstabbing and conniving.

  41. Bijlee says:

    Katherine…why???? Why must you be such a diva? Why can’t you be awesome?

  42. Nooneimportant says:

    I read the article. Hollywood is extremely patient with actors who behave badly as long as they are making money. However,as soon as their films start performing badly at the box office that’s when they can’t get work. Even though Julia Roberts is a cow she is a bankable cow. Katherine’s crime is her films stopped making money. The moral of the story is to be nice to people, so even when your career takes a nose dive they will be people still wanting to work with you. Instead of bad mouthing you to the Hollywood Reporter. I bet she’s mortified. I hope she’s learned a lesson and has truly changed.

  43. Flower says:

    She obviously didn’t get the new-bee’s memo ……’be good to everyone on the way up, because you’re going to meet them again on the way down’