Katherine Heigl will soon be returning to television as a CIA agent in an upcoming untitled NBC drama, but some sources say that she might be doing so with her tail between her legs instead of as a big comeback. The actress, who left “Grey’s Anatomy” in 2010 after publicly dissing the project, has gone from box office success story to a star of continuous bombs in recent years, and some Hollywood execs say that she knows she needs to rebuild her public persona to be welcomed back by audiences.
“She’s really determined to put everything behind her,” an insider tells The Hollywood Reporter. “The only way to do that is to go to work in film or television with good people and for those people to have good things to report back. And it’s not an overnight thing.”
Sources tell THR that the increasing movie-star demands made by Heigl and her mother Nancy Heigl led for executives to no longer wish to work with them. “She can cost you time every single day of shooting,” a source who worked on the 2010 movie “Life as We Know It” says. “Wardrobe issues, not getting out of the trailer, questioning the script every single day. Even getting her deal closed at Warners was hard. She hit that point of ‘no.’ ”
Another source says of working with Heigl on “27 Dresses,” “There were movie-star demands — big rooms, the mother there, all the stuff. We need the presidential suite at The Bristol!’ It was just a sense of entitlement. The biggest stars don’t do that kind of thing.”
Heigl rose to success thanks to her work in “Grey’s Anatomy” and the movie “Knocked Up,” but THR’s sources say that the fact Heigl subsequently dissed both of them made “the notion that she was not only ungrateful but disloyal” take hold. But not all Hollywood talents had bad experiences with Heigl. Anthony Burns, who recently directed Heigl in the low-budget dark comedy “North of Hell,” says he feels like he saw Heigl’s real side.
“I’m from Texas. I like honesty and to be cool and have a beer and laugh, and they are most definitely like that,” he says. “Hopefully the next people [Heigl] works with will get to know her like I did. … She’s just a good old girl who likes to speak her mind.”
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