Katherine Heigl can’t get donations for her indie movie: ‘I gotta support my family’

"The Nut Job" - Los Angeles Premiere
These are photos of Katherine Heigl at the premiere of the animated film The Nut Job on January 12. She looks like she got fresh fillers in her face, right? She looks much different to me. Heigl has a new independent movie project called Jenny’s Wedding. Heigl plays a gay woman who comes out to her family and marries her same sex partner. It’s like one of Heigl’s typical romcoms with a twist, and it actually sounds like a cute film with a heartwarming message. The film co-stars Tom Wilkinson as Heigl’s dad and Alexis Bledel as her partner.

Heigl and the film’s producers have started an Indigogo campaign to try to raise $150,000 to fund post-production. The filming has already been completed and they just need the money for editing and effects. The Indigogo campaign has been up for about two weeks and so far they’ve only raised about $32,700, or less than a quarter of the amount they need to finish the film.

One of TMZ’s paparazzo approached Heigl at the airport and asked her if she would make up the difference if the campaign on Indiegogo wasn’t successful. She said, “no,” basically because she doesn’t have a lot of extra money to throw around.

I haven’t made that much in the last few years, man. I gotta support my family.

The paparazzi also asked Heigl what kind of research she did for the role, and she joked “I did full on threesomes and I watched threesomes.” She said this while her mom was standing right next to her, and then she added “It has nothing to do with that. It has everything to do with emotion and love and finding the right person in your life and I already know all that.

That’s a nice enough answer and it’s a topical subject. So why can’t Heigl raise the money for this film? I guess she doesn’t have enough fans or enough goodwill left in Hollywood. We’ve seen her burn her bridges, repeatedly and publicly, for years. She did one movie in 2012, One for The Money, and one movie in 2013, The Big Wedding. Both tanked and didn’t even earn their production budgets back, although Big Wedding was more of an ensemble film.

Heigl has a horrible reputation in the industry and she doesn’t have fans left to fund a feel good movie about an important and popular subject. She’s a cautionary tale really. I doubt she’s broke, though. Celebrity Net Worth claims she’s worth $18 million, so $100k or so should be a drop in the bucket to her. Maybe she realizes that bucket has to last an awfully long time.

Katherine Heigl Shops At Gelson's With Her Mom

Katherine Heigl Gets Her Workout In

"The Nut Job" - Los Angeles Premiere


Heigl is shown in paparazzi photos this month and at the premiere of The Nut Job on 1-12-14. Stills from the movie via Indiegogo. Other photos credit:FameFlynet

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  1. yennefer says:

    Gurl, if you need some money,stop with the Botox first.

    • Lizzie says:

      That is some serious ‘tox right?
      She’s starting to look like Ashley Judd!!

      I’m kinda embarrassed for her.

    • SABA says:

      I saw a pic of her last week and I knew she did something because I thought she looked Jocelyn Wildensteinish. She is way to young to need that poison in her face.
      Apparently she was pushing a Lady Detective Drama but no one is interested. Now she wants funding. I guess she thinks her fans are like Veronica Mars’.. NOT!

      This couldn’t happen to a better person.
      1) It was she who leaked the argument between Isaiah Washington and Patrick Dempsey where IW said he wasn’t going to let PD treat him like how he treats TR Knight like a F____. No one knew TRK was actually gay and this turned a work place squabble between 2 men into a very big problem. Then Katherine and TR Knight went on TV and used the situation to their advantage when in fact, Isaiah never called TRK the F word, nor was he speaking to him. IW’s career was ruined (for a time) 2) Heigl thought she was it when she won the Emmy. She had the NERVE to take her name out of submission for an EMMY because she thought the writing was NO GOOD. 3) After doing knocked up, she ran her mouth about the movie being misogynistic. Didn’t she know this before? Didn’t she read the script?

      I always knew her day would come. How dare she bad mouth the hands that fed her? If she didn’t like the writing, then leave. She went around town insulting people and she forgot that exploiting workplace gossip can only get you so far. I never thought she was that great of an actress anyway. Heigl even said she would go back to Greys if the bought back her character. Keep dreaming girl..

      • Green Girl says:

        About #2: I always thought that was so insulting. If she had done it from the standpoint of “I already have an Emmy, let’s let someone else shine,” then I think she could have looked gracious But adding that part about the writing? I remember grimacing when I read that!

      • Delorb says:

        Preach it!!! That is exactly how it went down. I was soo disgusted with TK going on TV and saying that no one had ever called him that to his face. Yeah, right. You’re short, doughy and in theater. And seeing as how IW never called him that to his face either….

        All to get IW fired, so they could shine. My momma always told me that if you’re going to dig a grave for someone, you better dig two (in their case three, because all three are off the show).

        I heard that Patrick was mad that IW was out-acting him. Well, duh, he IS the better actor. And that is why Patrick was doing all the passive-aggressive stuff (showing up late). IW called him on his bull and it led to their shouting match.

  2. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    “I gotta support my family…”

    Well, honey, you’re not gonna do it with that hair. Just sayin’.

  3. Kiddo says:

    I never disliked her, which was the rage for a while there but, come on, if you believe in something then invest your money. It always amazes me how the rich don’t want to take a personal risk. I guess that’s how they stay rich, by spending other people’s money.

    • blue marie says:

      Right? She’s married to Josh Kelley so I doubt she’s hurting for money. It sounds like a cute movie, one that I may watch, but if I’m going to donate money to something it will be a worthy cause and helping to finance a film isn’t one.

      Also, and this is strictly superficial but she needs to quit messing with her face, she’s a pretty woman but that barely looks like her.

    • TorontoE says:

      I know right. But the people who would be donating don’t have families (or themselves) to support?

      Also, wouldn’t it be a great way to help start to restore her image. Anonymously pay the amount and then have someone leak it like “Katie felt bad asking from others when she has been so blessed, and this has been a true passion project for her…” Obviously her momager has been giving her the same great advice as always.

      • Tazina says:

        There is a site that says he’s filthy rich but if you open it up, there’s a disclaimer saying the information is false. This bogus info. has been going around about everyone in the business, saying they have multi-millions regardless of their income. He must have some money though. He’s had six studio albums and four hit singles. So who knows. There is no accurate information as to how much he has.

    • MynameisPeaches! says:

      @KIddo that’s so true!

    • Nerd Alert says:

      That’s EXACTLY how the rich stay rich. Well, the rich people I know anyway. This was the last convo my BF had with his dad before he passed. Anything he wanted he would see if he could get for free or paid for by someone else first. That, and making a living in the stock market by “screwing people over,” and “exploiting stupid people”. Seriously. That’s what he told my BF.

      When poor people get money a lot of them will use it all up quickly. My mom and dad came into a lot of money for the first time ever, got excited, threw it all away, and filed for bankruptcy a couple years after. They were screwed over and their lack of knowledge was certainly exploited along the way, although not in the stock market.

      He and I try to tow a middle line, but both of our mothers will rudely ask us why we’re still living paycheck-to-paycheck. His mother doesn’t understand why we don’t “just make more money” and my mother doesn’t understand why I don’t get credit cards to help and a mortgage. Ugh.

      Anyway, sorry for the rant, but your statement really applies to my life right now and my limited worldview of this might offend people but meh. Katherine Heigl should fund her own movie if she believes in it; she deserves her unpopularity. She was extremely unprofessional and probably wouldn’t survive in an actual workplace.

  4. aims says:

    Does she ever break free from her mom? Her mom goes everywhere she goes? I think she’s burned way too many bridges.

  5. Tiffany says:

    What is the saying about how you went up are the same people you will need on the way down. There are sooooo many worse people in Hollywierd it is amazing how you got the true brunt of if. Time for her to start carving out a new nitch for herself.

  6. Sarah says:

    i dont think those celeb networth sites have any insight into the celebs real net worth. they would need all expenses and all incomes to really know and they dont have that.

    i can understand not wanting to use your own money but this begging from actors with name recognition is really annoying. 150,000$ is nothing when it comes to a movie. if she hasnt burned so many bridges im sure someone would pay that for her.

  7. GeeMoney says:

    She definitely looks like she had some work done.

    It’s too bad she really doesn’t have much of a career anymore. She’s a pretty girl with a decent amount of talent, and it’s always sad to see people like that fall from grace over something as silly as not being able to put a filter on the negative stuff they may feel towards their job.

    Oh well. Perhaps she’s learned her lesson… but then again, it might just be too late.

  8. dorothy says:

    Used to love her. Then all the reports came out about her horrible behavior and it changed the way I looked at her. I think I speak for a lot of people.

  9. lower-case deb says:

    why does she look like Jocelyn Wildersteen the younger (sp?) in the first picture?

  10. Lily says:

    I bet she wishes she could go back in time and keep her mouth shut. She ruined her own career!

  11. Mia4S says:

    Still with the Momager, the Momager who helped her run her career into the ground. Yikes. With goodwill she could be coasting over the flops on her past success for several years at least (I’m looking at you Reese Witherspoon). I really can’t recall someone crashing this quickly. Halle Berry maybe?

  12. Marianne says:

    Yes, she could probably drop $100,000 a lot easier then people like us could….but she is right that she doesn’t work as much as she used to. She’s not that much of a bankable star and she probably doesn’t know when her next role will be. Plus, I dont see why everyone’s ragging on her when some of the other co-stars like Alexis Bledel for example could also donate that amount…or at least a good chunk of it.

    • RobN says:

      She’s the one who needs the movie released, not her other co-stars. Alexis works and people like her, Tom Wilkinson could work every single day if he had a mind to. Heigl is the one who is desperate for some PR so she’s the one out begging for cash. I’d bet she’s getting a producer’s credit out of it, as well.

  13. FingerBinger says:

    Except for ’27 Dresses’ her movies are terrible. There’s a reason no one wants to fund her movies, they suck.

  14. lovegossipbutnotL&E says:

    I can’t stand her, but there are people who have done worse and are still working in movies (and t.v.), perhaps it is because she wasn’t as good of an actress as SHE thought to pull the crap she did. Haha Maybe I shouldn’t laugh, but if she was better at acting she probably would of gotten away with more. Don’t see her “making a comeback”. Maybe she should do what Lohan does…… ;-)

  15. dizzylucy says:

    I really doubt she’s worth that much. She had a brief good run but her career has really stalled out. I wonder if she regrets leaving her TV show – she would have made big bucks had she stayed a few more years.
    I don’t know about these crowdsourcing for movies that clearly got other financing elsewhere.

  16. Hautie says:

    If there was anyone who needed to cut their Mother out of their work life, it is this girl.

    I highly suspect, if Katherine would fire her Mother… as her manager. Sign on with representation, who does not brutally cusses out everyone they come into contact with… she just might find her self being hire-able.

    It reminds me of those obnoxious children, who never behave when their equally badly behaved parents are near by. But left alone, suddenly the child is tolerable.

    I suspect if Katherine had new Agent/Manager who told her to shut up and behave… or she would never work again. She would.

    But with that hateful mouth Mother leading the way, Katherine does not stand a chance in hell getting off the Hollywood sh*t list. She does not lack for talent. And if rumors can be believed. There is no bigger b*tch to work with than Julia Roberts. Yet, she still gets hired.

    Katherine, ditch your Mother out of the loop. Send her check once a month, just to stay out of your business.

    • TG says:

      You are right @Hautie – Didn’t this same thing happen to Tom Cruise? Didn’t his former publicist keep him in line and then he dumped her in favor of his robotic sister and that is when the crazy was let loose? I don’t like Heigel but I would still watch a movie she was in if it looked good. Also, she is growing on me a bit again. What bothers me about this report is the way the paparazzi behave. They ask the rudest questions.

    • emmie_a says:

      I can see that ‘firing’ your mother would be a hard thing to do — So I have to wonder why her mother doesn’t quit. I’m sure Katherine and her mom have read all the gossip about her career and knows what Holllywood thinks of her mom — so if her mom really wanted Katherine to have a great career and wanted the best for her, why wouldn’t she step aside so Katherine could get a second chance?

      • Hautie says:

        “…. why wouldn’t she step aside so Katherine could get a second chance? …

        Money. It is always about money. She would not be entitled to her 20% cut, of all monies earned.

      • Christin says:

        Very difficult people often don’t see themselves as the problem. That may be the case here.

      • Green Girl says:

        I think Christin is right. It’s very likely they read the gossip blogs and think “Well, I didn’t say it like that” or “That person doesn’t like me, so they’ll hate anything I say, anyway.”

        I would think that would be difficult to fire a family member who is also your manager, because how can you even initiate that kind of conversation without it turning into a fight? It would be even more difficult if the parent is the one who has been representing the celebrity since day one.

      • Christin says:

        I think it would be tough to fire a family member, too. Maybe she could encourage her mother to “take it easy – you deserve it” and retire. If she framed it that way, her mother might step to the side. But then again, maybe not. Some people want to be in the middle of everything till they drop.

    • LadySlippers says:

      I agree. I’ve read that KH by herself ain’t *that* bad but once mom enters the room it’s a whole ‘nother can o’ worms.

  17. Eleonor says:

    She reminds me of Shannen Doherty: nice girl, reasonably talented and a total unprofessional bratt.
    Megan Fox has learned the lesson, and has aknowledged her mistakes, Katherine should take a note.

  18. Mar says:

    I looked up her hubby’s net worth

    $245 million !!!!

    That’s crazy. I really do not know his work??

  19. kibbles says:

    Considering that she only makes one movie each year and is no longer in demand, she will need to stretch that $18 million in the bank out for the next 50 years or so. I doubt she will make a comeback. She is over 35 and will soon be too old to play in romcoms. Second, her face already looks like a mess with the fillers and botox. I don’t understand why women under 40 feel the need to already mess with their face. She’s not that old yet.

  20. Rhiley says:

    Her career seems to be on a similiar trajectory as Ashley Judd’s. AJ was thriller queen for a while as Heigel was RomCom queen and now they are not. I think it is kind of crappy too how Heigel calls out her husband’s failing career as a singer/songwriter. Not to be negative, but I am really surprised they have been together as long as they have been.

    • Tulip Garden says:

      I’m surprised the three of them have been together as long as they have. I’m sorry but you cannot tell me that Josh, or anyone, wants their in-law straight up in their business constantly. Sadly, I’ve seen this in a marriage of someone I’m close to, mom wouldn’t take a backseat and daughter wouldn’t make her. Lasted two years, I think. OTOH, new mommy approved hubby just says that he does other stuff because she spends most of her free time with her mom. Strange to me.

    • jojo says:

      romcom queen? I dunno about that. Maybe a romcom princess. No one is more RomCom queen than aniston, its all she does. at least heigl did other stuff occasionally.

    • Rhiley says:

      Evidentially Josh Kelley is the highest paid musician in the world. Who knew. He made over 70 million last year alone.

  21. Schnikes says:

    Megan Fox also ruined her face and natural beauty with fillers/procedures, something else Heigl should keep in mind. She’s starting to look like Brandi Glanville, not a good thing.

  22. roxy750 says:

    I think she’s a good actress, not bad—not great but for the movies she does — well she does it well. I don’t get it. She may be a BIATCH but I wouldn’t know, all I know is what I watch her in.

  23. Beth says:

    Guess what, Katherine? I’ve got a family to support also, therefor no donation to your movie!

  24. Algernon says:

    Jeremy Renner didn’t shell out to help a movie he made that landed on Kickstarter a while back, and he is mega-loaded, so I guess I can’t hold this against her. Instead I will just revel in the schadenfreude.

    • Mia4S says:

      That’s a bit different since Renner did that movie for peanuts before he got his big break. It was an old movie and an old performance. He had no stake in it and likely was fairly indifferent to it. Heigl did this movie after all her success as some sort of passion project (supposedly). A better analogy is probably Zac Braff (although to be fair I’m not sure how great Scrubs residuals are).

      • Algernon says:

        Residuals are generally pretty generous for the principal cast of a show. Scrubs is on Comedy Central a lot, so they’re all probably doing great with that. I just meant that I’m pretty indifferent to actors being expected to “bail out” productions that run out of financing.

  25. Jayna says:

    I like Katherine. She’s not perfect and was too mouthy and hurt her career, but I have always loved her in movies and she’s talented. This campaign to destroy her career doesn’t sit well with me. It can affect her career, like it has with her past behavior, but she doesn’t deserve a lot of the smack she gets totally vilifying her while Charlie Sheen and other male actors like him coast along. This sounds like a good movie. I hope it gets finished. I adore Tom Wilkinson. I would see it just for him.

    For the record, although I don’t think she should have said anything, I found a lot of the jokes in Knocked Up gross and unfunny and agreed with some of what she said:

    “Emmy-winning actress Katherine Heigl tells Vanity Fair contributing editor Leslie Bennetts that she thinks Knocked Up, the movie that catapulted her onto the A-list, 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. 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.”

    I mean she said 98 percent of the movie was an amazing experience. People act like she dissed the whole movie. She did play a shrew and I don’t always like how Judd Apatow portrays his female characters either. But I thought his male character and his friends were losers and stoners and unappealing, so I didn’t see them as fun-loving, lovable like she thinks they were portrayed as in the movie. Maybe they were meant to be and I just found Seth’s character’s friends and him a lot of the time unfunny.

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      But she chose to do it. I could see if she had said this fifteen years in the future, when asked about career regrets–but you don’t say something like that about a movie that you JUST did. It’s unprofessional. And then she went on to do The Ugly Truth, which is a lot worse than Knocked up.

    • pleaseicu says:

      I think what publicly hurt Heigl, beyond the biting the hand that feeds you aspect, is how hypocritical she came across. If she’d said that about Apatow/Knocked up and called out the bad writing on Greys and then held out for better parts I don’t think her comment would’ve stung her quite as bad.

      But during and after running her mouth, she then went on to option and executive produce movies where she played characters who were equally as much of a killjoy or worse in their characterization as her Knocked Up character (like her Ugly Truth character). But the negative/killjoy portrayal of women suddenly became not a big deal when she was getting a cut of the profits as a producer.

    • jaye says:

      There’s not a campaign to ruin her, what’s happened to her career she did to herself.

  26. Samtha says:

    There are a lot of unpleasant people in Hollywood who have done worse things than she has. Her fatal mistakes are that 1. she’s not that bankable. If she could put butts in seats or get big-time award nominations, she’d still get roles. And 2, she pissed off the wrong people. Judd Apatow and Shonda Rhimes are power players. Those are not bridges you want to burn.

    • Candy love says:

      I don’t thinks its because she not bankable because their are others who done worse and are not bankable but still have a career.

      I thinks it do to bad management if the person you have representing you is a b*tch to work with then it looks bad on you too and causes you to loose work.

    • Bridget says:

      Her fatal mistake is pissing off everyone she’s worked with, to the point of them not ever wanting to work with her again. Doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman, Hollywood is a small town and when the list of people that’ll work with you gets smaller and smaller, and your movies make less and less money, you’re just not going to get that same leeway.

  27. lunchcoma says:

    I don’t mind people looking for investors on crowdfunding sources – it’s just one more way of finding investors – but I think this project is a sign of how deluded Heigl is. Zach Braff can get away with it because people actually like Zach Braff. If Heigl is under the impression she’s beloved by the public, I think she needs to get in touch with reality before she even starts trying to repair her career.

    TV is her only hope at this point, and if she were smart she would have done that several years ago. Even then, she’s really going to have to change the way she works with others and the way she talks about her projects if she’s going to have a chance at succeeding.

  28. JenniferJustice says:

    Holy Crap! That’s a lot of botox chicky. Are you seeing something different than what we see? I see a very swollen plumped up Ashley Judd face with bad hair. pretty sure those cat eyes are new too. Geesh! Stop already.

  29. Annaloo. says:

    There’s something about “indie film” and “support my family” that just don’t go together logically.

  30. GIRLFACE says:

    I can’t stand her. Good. I hope she has to work at Wal-Mart. That sh-t would be awesome. She isn’t even cool enough to work at Whole Foods. I could definitely see her at Target. Yep. Target manager.

  31. IceQueen says:

    She could have been easy going and a nice person at work. She would’ve an A lister easily.

  32. Xantha says:

    She had a real opportunity to actually have a credible acting career. Her dissing Knocked Up wasn’t a good idea but if she had held out for better projects people wouldn’t have railed on her ass. Instead she did The Ugly Truth, Killers and other shitty movies. She had that Grey’s Anatomy salary to pay her bills, she could’ve been picky without it hurting her financially. But no, she had to shit on the show that fed her. She’s now my generation’s David Caruso.

    And yeah her relationship with her mother is weirdly codependent. I remember years ago when Lainey Gossip went to the Oscars as an E! reporter and saw her afterwards at the Roosevelt Hotel. It was weird because she attended as a presenter and didn’t go to the Governor’s Ball and she was with her mother. And ONLY her mother. No hubby, no girlfriends. Just her mom.

    Here’s the article

  33. hmmh says:

    Charlie Sheen is gross but he has been around for quite a while. He has enough money and connections to behave like that. Katherine heigl was new to the game and already trash talking. Drunk on so little power when you can be easily replaced is just dumb. She should not have let butter melt in her mouth for at least another decade.

    She blew it a couple of times and there are talented actors out there. Maybe more zzzquil or a job like us common people. Bye honey.

  34. holly hobby says:

    She should stop smoking and toxing. The smoking prematurely aged her and she’s trying to make it up with that horrible work.

    Sorry I don’t see her career getting better. She needs better advisors and she also needs to tone down her act.

  35. Dizzybenny says:

    I don’t get her!! I was reading today that’s the 10th anniversary of ”The Passion of the Christ” and I didn’t know or forgot that Mel Gibson put up his own money for the movie, because of the subject, no one wanted to lend him money.

    I’m in the middle of making a short film myself and I’ve put 600$ of my own money in it.
    Would I want people give me money for my movie? you bet!! All it would do is I could finish my movie quicker. But I’m still pushing hard to make it.
    Bottom line is, if you care so much for the project take the risk and put your money in it!!!

  36. meh says:

    Huh. I can tell you as a queer woman I do not feel the urge to fund a straight, cis, white, wealthy, privileged woman’s attempt to speak for me or pander to my demographic- perhaps that is why she can’t raise enough.

  37. lisa2 says:

    I don’t know if her net worth is 18 million or not. But the thing is net worth doesn’t mean she has 18 million at hand to pull from that worth net includes houses, cars ect

    So many of these celebrities don’t have the money people think they do.

  38. Down and Out says:

    She should use some of that NyQuil money to fund her art. Just sayin’.

  39. goddess says:

    You gotta… Stop being an unprofessional entitled little b*tch. Sorry. Used to like her but was put off by her attitude. I dont’t even feel sorry for her now. Is that harsh? Lol peace :-)