Katherine Heigl shot to fame with big -- and small-screen hits like Knocked Up and Grey’s Anatomy, but when her stars began to dip she felt betrayed by that very same career.
Last year, Katherine Heigl landed at No. 2 on Forbes' Most Overpaid Actors list. Pic/Getty Images.
“The thing that was my best friend for a long time suddenly turned on me,” Heigl told a British fashion magazine before adding, “And I didn’t expect it. I was taken by surprise and angry at it for betraying me.”
The 35-year-old’s trouble began six years ago when she removed her name from consideration for the 2008 Emmys because her Grey’s Anatomy character didn’t have the material to “warrant a nomination.” After rom-com hits like Knocked Up and 27 Dresses, 2009’s The Ugly Truth received dismal reviews and 2010’s Life As We Know It was a box office flop.
Reports of her poor professional reputation circulated in the following years, with studio executives allegedly referring to her as Hurricane Heigl behind closed doors. So much so that the actress says she even considered quitting the American film industry for good.
“Oh yeah, I had a moment where, I don’t know, I was thinking, ‘Maybe open a knitting store, get my money out of retirement accounts and live off that, live off the land.’ I had my moment where it all seemed so complicated and all I wanted to do was simplify it,” she said.