Katherine Heigl kind of disappeared for a while. She was busy raising two kids, loving on rescue dogs, and starring in the occasional ensemble movie or sleep aid commercial. This fall, she returns in a big way with the NBC drama State of Affairs, playing a hardened CIA analyst tasked with keeping the President (played with great steeliness by Alfre Woodard) informed of the most pressing threats to national security.
While Heigl might have been lying low the last several years, stories of her supposedly bad reputation took flight. Rumors of her “difficult nature”—a phrase, by the way, that one rarely sees pinned on a male star, as is it has the condescending whiff of a naughty girl refusing to act nice—hit a peak with a scathing 2013 story in The Hollywood Reporter that blamed Heigl’s lagging career on her bad attitude. Her crimes included, among other things, daring to question whether Judd Apatow occasionally underwrote his female characters and complaining about the quality of craft services on set. This counted as career suicide in a town inhabited by Charlie Sheen. READ FULL STORY