Katherine Heigl made producers reshoot a scene because her butt looked big

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About a week ago, news came out that showrunner Ed Bernero (Criminal Minds, Third Watch) was exiting Katherine Heigl’s upcoming TV drama, State of Affairs. Sources were careful to tell EW that “the exit doesn’t have anything to do with the show’s star.” This was a necessary but unconvincing clarification, given Heigl’s well-earned reputation as difficult to work with. (Which she denies despite all evidence to the contrary.) EW’s story didn’t mention Katherine’s momager, Nancy, at all, who is an executive producer on the show and is likely to be a royal pain in the ass to deal with.

Here’s an anecdote from Mike Walker in the National Enquirer which again cements Heigl’s status as difficult. Walker has run previous insider stories on Heigl, and I think he has a source on the State of Affairs set. He claims that Heigl made producers reshoot an entire scene because she didn’t like the way her butt looked. This was eyeroll-inducing for her more professional co-star, Alfre Woodard, who suggested she just use a butt double if she had a problem with it.

Katherine Heigl – viewing dailies of her new “State of Affairs” TV series – suddenly screamed at producers: “Look at how you filmed my BUTT!! My #*%$ ass looks like the size of Nebraska!” Said my on-set spy: “Katherine’s notorious temper’s infuriating people – especially her Emmy Award-winning co-star Alfre Woodard, who got particularly upset when she demanded a reshoot of an entire scene because she felt they hadn’t done a good enough job of flattering her posterior! And when Miss Woodard suggested bringing in a body double with a smaller behind to stand in for Katherine, the proverbial ‘fit really hit the shan.’ Katherine exploded, shrieking, ‘I’ve got the best butt in Hollywood!’

[From The National Enquirer, print edition, Mike Walker’s column, September 1, 2014]

If the facts of this story are true, that Heigl demanded a reshoot of an entire scene because she didn’t like the way her butt looked, that’s ridiculous. Even if she was humorous and self-deprecating in the way she asked for a reshoot (and this story claims she was arrogant and egotistical), it still must cost tens of thousands of dollars to reshoot a scene, not to mention the time and frustration factor. (Breaking Bad cost around $3 million an episode to make, so it’s not a stretch to assume $2 million or more for this show.) Heigl must know how expensive it is to film a scene so you would think she’d try to keep her ego in check.

I’m interested to see how State of Affairs, a thriller and Homeland knockoff, fairs when it stars airing on NBC in November. Halle Berry’s very decent NBC scifi series, Extant, is struggling in the ratings and was moved to a later time slot. (I’m still watching it, I really enjoy that show.) It’s still not known whether it will be renewed. When an actress as captivating and skilled as Berry can’t ensure a TV show’s success, the chances that failed romcom queen Heigl can are incredibly low.

Katherine Heigl Spotted And About Out In New York

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These are photos of Katherine Heigl and Alfre Woodard on a press tour in July. Look at their body language. Heigl is also shown out in NYC in May. Credit: WENN.com and FameFlynet

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  1. K says:

    I love Alfre. She’s too good for this subpar sh*t. That’s all.

    • pix says:

      Agreed! I love Alfre, too! I will root for the show because of her.
      I hate to say it, but I think Katherine’s energy is so toxic that it oozes off the screen. I don’t see this show lasting more than one season, if that long. She’s got a bad attitude and it’s really affecting her looks.

    • emma says:

      I got the sads when I found out Alfre is in this show. She deserves so much better.

  2. Kat says:

    Wow. She’s up there with k-stew for most arrogant and least talented.

    • Eleonor says:

      K-Stew can keep a job.
      Heigl is in the Shannen Doherty league: unprofessional a-hole who never learn.

    • LAK says:

      On come on! You can’t compare Heigl to K-Stew no matter your personal dislike of K-stew. K-Stew doesn’t have Heigl attitude whilst working and she certainly isn’t alienating Hollywood.

    • L says:

      For all her faults- k-stew is professional on set. And doesn’t have a momager making things worse.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Agree with all. Heigl is so much worse. At least K-Stew doesn’t act like a diva on-set.

  3. Ninks says:

    Ugh. I can’t see this show lasting.

    Heigl’s face looks incredibly plasticy in these pictures. It looks like’s she had work done.

  4. raptor says:

    The swelling from her ego had to go somewhere.

  5. Diane says:

    The producers must have known her reputation. Well, boys, I hope she torments you with her diva act. You deserve it for subjecting the rest of us to this witch every week. Even though I won’t be watching, she’ll undoubtedly be in the press on a regular basis now.

    • L says:

      Exactly. Plus the show runner leaving just isn’t good pr.

      It doesn’t help that she is also a producer and her mom got a executive producer credit. I’m sure that has a lot to do with these two throwing their weight around on set. Actors should act. Period.

      • Algernon says:

        Well, some actors should act, but some are legitimately multi-talented. Emma Thompson is a great writer, so is Matt Damon, Ben Affleck has turned out to be a really good, maybe even great director (I think he’s still improving film-to-film and we haven’t seen his ceiling yet). I like stuff Ben Stiller has written/directed, and Will Ferrell is a great comedy writer. And for women, sometimes multi-tasking is the only way to get jobs. Look at Brit Marling, Lake Bell, Lena Dunham, they’re all making their own work. I’m excited to see Luptia Nyong’o move into producing and directing; she made a short film a while back that I saw on some website around the time of the Oscars and it was pretty good. She has a lot of potential.

        Maybe Katherine Heigl should stick to just acting, but there are plenty of really talented people out there who can pull double duty.

      • Kori says:

        I took what L said to mean actors should act period when that’s what they are hired to do. Certainly Hollywood past and present is full of talented multi-hyphenates or those actors who transitioned full-time (ala Ron Howard) into a different but related field.

    • holly hobby says:

      NBC for picking up this show too. I remember Robert Greenblatt (CEO of NBC) going to bat for her. Well, I hope he gets ready to tuck into some crow pie. I love Alfrie’s WTF face while standing next to Katie.

      Alfrie should jump ship and join How to Get Away with Murder (which I will watch BTW).

      This is the second producer to leave. The first one, Alexi Hawley, developed the series and even he couldn’t take it. He left his baby most likely do to mere and Daughter Heigel.

  6. Abbott says:

    Having an ass the size of Nebraska has fared well for the Kartrashians.

    • Lady Macbeth says:

      Lol exactly! But probably Heigl wants to be known for her talent…. (Cackling madly)

  7. Brin says:

    This should turn out well.

  8. PunkyMomma says:

    Considering her head is firmly implanted up in it, Heigl’s ass must be huge.

  9. MOnicaQ says:

    Why she yelling at Lily Sloane like that? (couldn’t resist star trek reference)

    But seriously, why is a big butt awful? Never understood it. She needs to take a long walk off of a short pier for the next few years.

    • Naddie says:

      Yes, what’s the problem of having a big ass? Do american people find it ugly? In my country is nice to have a big butt.

  10. Eleonor says:

    I think everyone on the set will run away and the show will be canceled.

  11. Virgilia Coriolanus says:

    The show isn’t out yet? I thought I saw it on my HuluPlus queue–but maybe that was just the trailer???

  12. hutter says:

    How’s her frivolous lawsuit going, by the way? Genuinely, I haven’t heard anything about it for a while.

  13. JustChristy says:

    Yes Katherine, we can *clearly* see you have the best butt in Hollywood, what with it being perched on top of your neck and all.

  14. Amanda says:

    Halle Berry’s show is Sci-fi though. I would think that has more limited appeal than a scandal rip-off.

  15. Kiddo says:

    If her mother is an executive producer, does that mean that she is bankrolling this show? If so, then I would think the money spent on making the star look more attractive (whatever those subjective parameters are) is okay. I will add that I’m not a fan, but for the sake of playing devil’s advocate, if she looks bad in a show, doesn’t that diminish the show’s appeal for some demographics?

    • Bridget says:

      No, the Heigl’s aren’t bankrolling the show, the EP credit is a vanity credit and gives more money. Basically, they had an idea for a show centered around Katherine and convinced NBC that it should be made, but NBC would have brought in an actual show runner and production company (which is in this case Joe Carnahan’s, which is a total red flag).

      • Algernon says:

        Sometimes, when I’m bored, I imagine the fights that must go on between Joe Carnahan, himself known to be difficult, and the Heigl mother-daughter duo. It’s vastly entertaining.

      • Bridget says:

        How on earth is Carnahan even still making TV and movies? I know people that saw The Grey and were actually angry at how bad it was, and Reese Witherspoon famously saw SmokinAces and then immediately withdrew from the movie she was supposed to make with him, it was so bad. And seriously, what glutton for punishment paired him with the Heigl’s?

      • Algernon says:

        I think a lot of people didn’t like The Grey because it amounted to a snuff film. If it had a different (slightly happier) ending, I’m sure the tune would be different.

        Carnahan is a good filmmaker! He’s just a punk who runs his mouth. He’s like that person in the office who is good at their job but can’t get out of their own way when it comes to office politics, and so never advances beyond middle management. Every office has one of those.

      • Bridget says:

        Ha! You lost me there Algernon, because I happen to think The Grey was awful and as was Smokin’ Aces.

  16. Tippy says:

    She’s hardly the first actor to insist that a scene be reshot if she felt it was unflattering to her figure.

    William Shatner was notorious for demanding the same as far back as Star Trek.

    Directors, film crews, lightning experts etc. are perfectly capable of accomodating Heigl’s request.

    • Lady Macbeth says:

      I read somewhere that Catherine Zeta-Jones asked for several scenes to be reshot in different movies.

    • MonicaQ says:

      Omg Shatner was practically a tyrant. By the third and final season he was wearing a girdle and he asked for scenes in “Spock’s Brain” to be re-shot so many times that Leonard Nimoy almost broke Kayfabe while he was Spock. To his dying day, Jimmy Doohan thought Shatner was selfish and egotistical and George Takei has as little to do with him as possible.

      The fact that I know this makes me wonder why I spent my childhood reading Star Trek biographies. (‘Star Trek Memories’, ‘I am not Spock’, ‘I am Spock’, et. al.)

    • don't kill me i'm french says:

      Totally agree.An actress that i’m not named said in an interview that she re-watched one of her scenes and all she saw is her “big” acne.She wanted to redo her scene but the director said her “don’t worry! anyone won’t notice it” .They have an argument but finally she fllowed his opinion .BS ! When you watch the movie,you see her big acne

  17. Kali says:

    If someone can earn tens of thousands for a Kickstarter about potato salad, surely we could earn enough to ensure that Alfre Woodard doesn’t have to be involved with this.

  18. chia says:

    Wow, the body language in the shots with her and Woodard is…interesting.

  19. Kiddo says:

    Oof. You’re not angry at all about this. Take a chill pill, there are ways to express that opinion without coming out of the gate and calling people morons. It can have the tendency to make one sound a little unhinged on the emotional investment side.

    • Bridget says:

      Some people just take their Katherine Heigl starring, Homeland-esque political thrillers very seriously.

    • Kiddo says:

      And now I look insane as this post sits alone and with no context.

      • Josefa says:

        You, Bridget and I. Damn you, Heigl. Now WE are the insane ones. You evil hag.

      • Bridget says:

        Ha! We do look like crazies, talking to the air about Katherine Heigl.

        I’m actually not shocked that the original comment was removed, since the moderators tend to be very sensitive to flat out insults, and the poster did name themself “Idiots”. The other day I replied to something with “what are you, a Kardashian?” And that didnt even make it through!!

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        And now I feel really left out for not being able to see the comment.

        Also, bringing it back to 1993 with “take a chill pill” (don’t mind if I do, thank you).
        I love it, kiddo, love it.

      • Kiddo says:

        Yeah, until Encore moves me into the next couple of decades, I will remain suspended in time and culture up until about the year 2000. I watch a lot of TCM. too. I sometimes want to start my sentences with “You see” or call you all fellows and dames and dirty rats.

        Your imagination is better than the comment that is missing, I’m sure of that.

      • Tokin' Rat says:

        (eons long lurker, finally commenting)
        Kiddo, your post without context is very funny.

        Sanity is over-rated.

  20. Bridget says:

    I don’t really understand what you’re even saying. Since she pitched the show (which is still run by a showrunner not named Heigl, and is actually being credited as a Joe Carnahan show) she can’t possibly behave badly?

  21. Josefa says:

    Halle’s show is doing poorly? That’s sad to hear, I was rooting for her. The show didn’t seem like something I’d watch, but I wanted it to be succesful.

    What can be said about Heigl that hasn’t been said already. I see very few chances of this show lasting a second season. I don’t know what will happen to Katherine after that but her future isn’t looking good.

  22. MrsBPitt says:

    If this show fails, I really think this will be the end of Heigl’s career…Her “talent” isn’t big enough for her ego!

  23. JessSaysNo says:

    An actor reshot a scene because she didnt like how she looked? Big deal.

  24. Algernon says:

    I’m not interested in anything the big four networks are doing. With the exception of Parks & Rec and Brooklyn 99, I’m not watching any network shows. Cable and basic cable keep me busy, and now online and streaming outlets are beginning to occupy a lot of my time. I should be impressed that a movie star is on a network show? There’s a movie star on every third show on every network/outlet there is.

    I did try to watch Halle Berry’s show because I like sci-fi/horror type stuff, but I found it to be so broad and bland that it was a dead bore. Maybe if they’d taken that concept to a cable channel where they could get weird with it, like The Strain, I’d be into it, but it struck me as watered-down, dumbed-down, psuedo-smart nothing.

  25. Josefa says:

    Fooling people on a celeb gossip forum should be a walk on the park for a professional actress. Step up your game, Heigl. You ain’t fooling nobody.

  26. Bridget says:

    This show looks terrible. It’ll probably run forever.

  27. blondie says:

    No talent, beauty or character. Why is she famous again?

  28. Jayna says:

    If my butt looked really bad in the scene, and I was the star, I would probably do the same thing. But I’m vain. LOL

  29. Gwen says:

    She gives out a Kate Gosselin vibe.

  30. Leaflet says:

    I love Alfred. I also believe that Heigl is a “diva,” but I don’t believe this story is real. There may be a grain of truth to it as she may have asked the producers for a reshoot, which they may not have been too happy about. Yet, I don’t believe that she did all of the screaming, lol. That part sounds inflated.

  31. Ginger says:

    If she really said this it makes me doubt her intelligence. I have family in Nebraska and it’s not that big. Now if she’d said “the size of Texas” on the other hand…that state is huge. 🙂

  32. Penelope says:

    Who poses for a picture like that with their arms crossed in front of them?! Wow.

  33. Mischa Jane says:

    Halle Berry is hardly a “captivating” or “skilled” actress. *snort*

  34. lucy2 says:

    The look on poor Alfre’s face says it all. She needs to yell at her agents for this one.

    I didn’t know the show runner was leaving. That’s pretty telling, considering they’ve just started.

  35. Lucky Charm says:

    Her butt’s not nearly as big as her ego.