It always seemed a little strange when all of the reports and rumors were spreading that Katherine Heigl was impossibly difficult. It all started with some very negative reports during the end of her run on “Grey’s Anatomy.” Then there was a series of failed romantic comedy movies that didn’t help her image at all.
This never sounded like the Katherine Heigl I interviewed multiple times during the run of “Roswell” from 1999-2002. In fact, I interviewed her so many times during that stretch, I had to stop out of fear she would think I was stalking her. The reason we would chat was because I really liked the show because Chowchilla native Ron Moore wrote numerous episodes and Heigl was always very sweet and interesting during interviews.
Then the dark days set in. Reports spread Heigl couldn’t get work. She says it was simply a matter of taking time off to be with her children. She even had to be talked into starring in the new NBC drama “State of Affairs” where Heigl plays an adviser to the President. It was Alfre Woodard, who plays the President, who convinced Heigl she could get back to work and also be with her children.
“I didn’t want to just come home and kiss them good night,” Heigl says. “Alfre told me that my children would come to the set, eat a donut, go to my trailer and watch videos and then I could kiss them good night.”
This certainly doesn’t sound like the demon that Heigl’s been made out to be.
Having not been on a set or in a discussion where the difficult moments occurred, I have no idea if she was really being a jerk or just expressing strong views that others didn’t like. The bad movies are her fault but poor tastes in script doesn’t make someone evil (unless you’re Adam Sandler).
All I can say is that I spent another evening chatting with a very sweet and interesting Heigl at this TV critics tour. The result of that conversation will be used later when I write my preview story on her new show. It was just nice to see that there’s a lot of the same Heigl today that was in the actress when she was 20.