Now That Her Paycheck Has Cleared, Katherine Heigl Calls Knocked Up "Sexist"

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Katherine Heigl tells the January issue of Vanity Fair that, although her co-starring role in Knocked Up launched her career into the A-list stratosphere, she now feels that the movie was "a little sexist." While Heigl's comments echo Slut Machine's issues with the Apatow blockbuster, it's a little disingenuous to cash the $300,000 paycheck and, after you've reaped the benefits of the movie's success, slag your character to a major magazine. Heigl obviously read the script before she committed, so she knew what she was getting into, though now she claims, "It was hard for me to love the movie." Then again, she also criticizes Grey's Anatomy, telling VF she's upset because of a sweeps-week stunt that had her character, Izzie, boning down with her married best friend. Let's get this straight: "ratings ploys" are bad, but shilling for a Grey's Anatomy-themed line of scrubs is totally fine.


While there may be some truth to Heigl's complaint that Knocked Up "Paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys," it also raised her tinsel town profile by leaps and bounds: she's now making $6 mil a picture and starring in big budget studio films like 27 Dresses. Speaking of which, can Katherine really be that concerned with perpetuating stereotypes of women when she's starring in a movie with the tagline, "This January, always a bridesmaid, never a bride"? To portray women as marriage-obsessed isn't sexist at all, right Katie?

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@teapartys_over: I'm genuinely curious: how so? I'd be really interested to hear your thoughts on this one.

As I said earlier, I thought, if anything, it was a show about a put together, ambitious, beautiful, successful woman who knows what she is doing thrown together with a loser guy: it definitely happens.

The men in the movie, I'd venture to say all of them, are unabashedly losers who can't get their lives together and have no interest in doing so; the exception being Seth Rogan, who would not change without a woman prodding him to be more successful. While the women aren't perfect, their interpretation of how things should be winds up prevailing: Paul Rudd and his wife's marriage, Kate and Seth settling down, etc.