Katherine Heigl Thinks She Knows Exactly Why You Got Sick of Her

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There was a time that Katherine Heigl was everywhere. After a stint on teen alien series Roswell, she did a slew of movies and landed a major role on Grey's Anatomy. But it all might have been too much — and Katherine Heigl knows it.


Many of Heigl's films were romcoms — Knocked Up, 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth. But her status as the charming meet-cute sweetheart quickly turned sour; she was eventually deemed an "uppity bitch" who made garbage movies.

Now she's returning to television after an almost-four-year absence, starring in a new NBC show that is decidedly not a romcom: It's about a CIA attaché who counsels the president. As part of her promotional duties, she's on the cover of Marie Claire UK and talking about her romcom regrets (emphasis ours):

'This thing that was my best friend for a long time suddenly turned on me,' she said of the notorious Hollywood machine. 'And I didn't expect it. I was taken by surprise and angry at it for betraying me.

'I had an amazing time. I love romantic comedies. I was so stoked to be doing them. But maybe I hit it a little too hard. I couldn't say no. There's nothing wrong with them, but maybe I overloaded my audience. I should have done a superhero movie or a psychological thriller.'

As a reminder: When the anti-Katherine-Heigl backlash reahed a fever pitch, Newsweek actually published a story titled "Why Is Kathereine Heigl So Annoying?" Would doing fewer romcoms have helped?



Dear Katherine,

That's not why.

P.S. For the record, people don't like it when people who have everything—conventional good looks, money, fame, limitless opportunity in the world—complain.

You're welcome,