Blacklisted. Reviled by fans, directors and co-stars alike and just generally hated by fans. There is no –pardon the pun—gray area when it comes to Katherine Heigl.
Katherine Heigl, forever known to Grey’s Anatomy fans as Dr. Izzy Stevens has been one of the most polarizing figures in Hollywood for the better part of a decade.
Whether it is due to clashing and bad-mouthing co-stars, show producers and even a show’s own writing, one thing that cannot be more obvious is that Katherine Heigl shoots from the hip.
Sadly, it has been the expense of her own foot and mouth.
Think about it. Name me one show or movie over the last three or four years that has actually been successful with her in it or attached to it?
Besides the cult classic Knocked Up co-starring Seth Rogen as a pot-smoking slacker, in which she was quoted as saying it was “a little sexist” in a 2008 Vanity Fair interview, she’d go on to blaze a scorched earth-worthy path of quotes about it per Adam White’s Telegraph article titled Hollywood’s most hated?: is it time to give Katherine Heigl a second chance?
“It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys,” she said. “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.”
Wow! Talk about burning bridges. As in life as in being a professional, that is the last thing you’d expect an Academy Award-nominated actress such as Heigl would know right, oh wait…
We all know about her now infamous decision to withdraw herself from consideration because she felt that the show she starred on for the last four years, that helped put her spoiled and entitled ass on the map—honestly, I forgive half of you for not even remembering her as Isabel Evans in the WB’s turn-of-the-millennium sci-fi series Roswell, or that MAXIM spread, from back in the day—but more on that later.
Here is that quote as a courtesy refresher.
“I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination,” she said. “In an effort to maintain the integrity of the academy organization, I withdrew my name from contention. In addition, I did not want to potentially take away an opportunity from an actress who was given such materials.”
So, just for those keeping score, Katherine Heigl threw three of Hollywood’s biggest power players in the aforementioned Rogen, Knocked Up director Judd Apatow and Shonda Rhimes of Grey’s Anatomy under the bus?
Talk about biting the hand that feeds you. Heigl practically took a chainsaw to it.
Funny how Colin Kaepernick can’t sign with an NFL team, but a royal bitch like Heigl can still even be up for getting cast in movies and shows?
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Coming from a man’s point of view, I honestly don’t know what it is about this woman that makes you want to proverbially have raw and unemotional sex with her, only to be repulsed by her on-screen presence and off-screen persona.
Heigl is what one would call a walking human paradox.
As I stated earlier, she is a former Maxim cover girl and is easy on the eyes. That being said, she has still managed to alienate so many fan bases. She has pushed people within the entertainment industry to the point of being proverbially blacklisted.
Following Knocked Up and Grey’s Anatomy every movie or project from 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth, Killers, Life As We Know It, One For The Money, The Big Wedding and The Nut Job has proverbially flopped.
Let’s be real. Heigl as a box office draw sucks. There is no way around it.
The characters she plays are often elitist, entitled, spoiled, ultra-feminist whiny and straight-up bitches.
That’s not to say that the audience can relate to her. However, name one aspiring RN who wants to be the next Izzy or the next aspiring production assistant at E! who wants to be the next Allison Scott.
Based on all of the above, I think that instead of playing savior-wannabe and self-absorbed characters in her most recent small screen bombs in State of Affairs and the VERY-short lived Doubt, that it is time for Katherine Heigl to chart a new career arc as a real bitch, as in villain.
Sometimes when trying to be good, it is even better to embrace your inner villain. If the recently released trailer for her upcoming new thriller, Unforgettable—which already looks like a cheap knock-off of Beyonce’s Obsessed—means anything, then perhaps playing a scorned ex-wife who torments the other woman—i.e. Rosario Dawson—then it’s a start.
I’m no fan of Heigl, never have been, never will be. I think she plays a lot of the same type of characters. Maybe her new and darker twist in Unforgettable turns out for the best. If so, I’ll never be more happy to be proven wrong.