The actress has been known for being very difficult to work with for a long time and now she’s opening up about that reputation and how it affected her mentally. In a brand new interview for The Washington Post, Katherine Heigl discussed how she was shunned by Hollywood and how harsh criticism at the time made her think she “would rather be dead.”
According to the star of Grey’s Anatomy, public opinion about her began to change dramatically when she started talking about some of the projects she was working on.
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‘I may have said a few things you didn’t like, but that escalated to’ she is ungrateful ‘, and that escalated to’ she is difficult ‘and that escalated to’ she is unprofessional ‘… What’s your definition of difficult? Someone with an opinion you don’t like? Now I’m 42, and that doesn’t piss me off, ”she shared with the news broadcast.
Katherine went on to recall that the more she apologized for negating the projects she was involved in, the more it seemed like it was she who had “really done something terribly wrong.”
James Marsden, who stared alongside Heigl at 27 Dresses, told WaPo that she really had all the right intentions at the time: ‘She has very strong beliefs and strong opinions on certain things, and she doesn’t give back from you knowing if she feels like she got it wrong in some way. I’ve always seen it as a strong character. Can see how this can be perceived as difficult or ungrateful. But if you know Katie, it’s just because she has the courage to stand behind something she believes in. ‘
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And that was not all! Her husband, Josh Kelley, even stated that, as far as he is concerned, Katherine would be considered “a hero” if she spoke now instead of ten years ago, when things in the industry were so different.
The main problem is how the hate affected the actress mentally, something she also mentioned.
“I asked my mother and my husband to find me a place that could help me because I felt I wanted to be dead,” she recalled.
Her fear was apparently so bad that she really needed help before it could prompt her to do something irreversible.