The former “Grey’s Anatomy” star, Katherine Heigl opens up about her turbulent time in Hollywood in a recent interview with “The Washington Post.”
The 42-year-old actress hit success on the small screen through “Grey’s Anatomy” and gained big-screen success through films like “The Ugly Truth” and “Knocked Up.” But as she started to speak her mind about her career, the backlash began.
The star has opened up about how people branded her as “difficult” and “ungrateful.” The actor added that Hollywood started “shunning” her, which she believed was a punishment to speak for herself.
Heigl said, “I may have said a couple of things you didn’t like, but then that escalated to ‘she’s ungrateful,’ then that escalated to ‘she’s difficult,’ and that escalated to ‘she’s unprofessional.'” “What is your definition of difficult? Somebody with an opinion that you don’t like?”
The “Fear of Rain” star added she would never shy away from having an opinion about things. She would always talk about what she likes and dislikes about her current projects. Likewise, in 2007, she famously called out Judd Apatow’s “Knocked Up” for being sexist, portraying women as mere shrews, humorless and uptight.
The actress’s opinions weren’t as welcome back then as they are respected today. Katherine further explained being called the most horrible person on earth, “You can be the most awful, difficult, horrible person on the planet, but if you’re making them money, they’re going to keep hiring you … but then my films started to make not quite as much money.”
The “Firefly Lane” actor said as her reputation started to deteriorate, she began having mental health issues.
“At the time, I was just quickly told to shut the f— up.” “The more I said I was sorry, the more they wanted it. The more terrified and scared I was of doing something wrong, the more I came across like I had really done something horribly wrong.”
The “27 Dresses” star continued adding, “I think my family, my mother, my husband, my friends were scared. And I regret deeply that I scared them like that. But I just couldn’t control it. I had no tools, I asked my mom and my husband to find me somewhere to go that could help me because I felt like I would rather be dead.”
Katherine recalled, “I didn’t realize how much anxiety I was living with until I got so bad that I had to really seek help.”
The actress is now seeking medical help and regularly seeing a therapist. The mother of three children says she is not afraid to return to Hollywood, and she will never hold back from speaking her mind.
“I’ve grown into accepting that ambition is not a dirty word, and that it doesn’t make me less of a feminine, loving, nurturing woman to be ambitious and have big dreams and big goals,” she added.