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Tag: State of Affairs (1-3 of 3)
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
It was the question everybody wanted to ask—and it got so awkward when someone finally did.
NBC’s State of Affairs panel during the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills got a bit tense when the topic turned to Katherine Heigl, her mother Nancy (an executive producer on the upcoming series), and rumors about the pair’s reputation on set.
It started when a TCA reporter reminded Heigl about some of the controversial remarks she had to say about Hollywood, particularly focused on her conduct on set, whether her career was out of her control, and whether she felt there is “a portion of this controversy that is about Hollywood not knowing what to do with a woman who speaks her mind.” The reporter also asked whether Heigl felt her career was now back under her grip.
After a visibly speechless Heigl let out an elongated “Umm…,” producer Ed Bernero tried to answer the question for Heigl, but the reporter pressed on: “Seriously, I want to hear from Katherine.” READ FULL STORY
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