Kathering Heigl has said that her relationship with Seth Rogen remains frosty, following her very public criticism of the movie ‘Knocked Up’.
Heigl got her big movie break in the comedy, starring opposite Rogen as a couple who accidentally get pregnant after a drunken one-night stand.
But in a later interview with Vanity Fair, she very publicly slammed the film, written and directed by Judd Apatow, for its portrayal of women.
She called it 'a little sexist’, as it 'paints the women as shrews, as humourless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys. It exaggerated the characters, and I had a hard time with it, on some days’.
Speaking on Howard Stern’s radio show in the US, she revisited the comments, saying perhaps it was her own fault that’s how the character came across.
“[The character Alison Scott] was so judgmental and uptight and controlling and all these things,” she said.
“Judd allows everyone to be very free and improvise, and afterwards, I was like, 'Why is that where I went with this? What an a**hole she is!'”
She went on to say that she’s never apologised because she was embarrassed.
“I probably should have [called them]. But what I did was, I did it publicly instead and tried to say, ‘Look this was not what I meant and this was an incredible experience for me and they were incredibly good to me on this movie so I did not mean to s**t on them at all.’
“I’ve thought about writing a note. I don’t want it to feel insincere on any level.”
“I ran into [Rogen] in a restaurant and I didn’t quite realise that it was as serious as it was,” Heigl also recalled. “I walked up like, ‘Hey guys’ and it’s him and Evan [Goldberg, Rogen’s writing partner], like, ‘How are y’all?’ And they were very like [silence] and I was like, 'Oh you’re really mad’. I didn’t realise that it was that bad.”
She also spoke about the time she managed to offend 'Grey’s Anatomy’ creator Shonda Rhimes too.
Heigl first made her name on the hit medical drama, winning an Emmy for her performance in 2007.
But on being nominated again in 2008, she withdrew from the running, making a public statement saying that the material wasn’t up to snuff.
“I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination and in an effort to maintain the integrity of the academy organization, I withdrew my name from contention,” she said at the time.
The move angered Rhimes and her co-stars, and she eventually left the show in 2010.
Of that incident, she told Stern: “I went in to Shonda (Rhimes) and said, 'I’m so sorry. That wasn’t cool, and I should not have said that’.
“And I shouldn’t have said anything publicly. I went in because I was really embarrassed.”
She added that the incident made her seek professional help.
“I was not handling it well. I was feeling completely like the biggest piece of s**t on the bottom of your shoe,” she said.
“I was really struggling with it and how to not take it all personally and not to feel that there’s something really deeply wrong with me.”
It was around this time that the Hollywood Reporter published a damning profile of the actress, accusing her of being hard to work with.
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