Katherine Heigl Not Difficult to Work With, According to Katherine Heigl

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Things got a bit awkward over the weekend at NBC's State of Affairs panel during the Television Critics Association press tour when a reporter had the balls nerve to ask Katherine Heigl if she and her mom Nancy Heigl are "difficult to work with."

Heigl, 35, stars as a CIA Analyst who prepares the President's daily briefing in the new series, and she and her mom Nancy both serve as executive producers. The 27 Dresses actress has been criticized in the past for controversial remarks she's made about previous projects, including the film Knocked Up and the hit show Grey's Anatomy, on which she starred for five years.

For the record, Heigl, who played Dr. Izzie Stevens on the hospital drama, essentially slammed the Grey's writers, and withdrew her name for Emmy consideration in 2008, saying she hadn't been "given the material to warrant a nomination."

Prior to that, Heigl appeared in Judd Apatow's wildly successful comedy Knocked Up, but following the film's release, the 35-year-old mother-of-two told Vanity Fair magazine it was "a little sexist" and that it "paints women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as goofy, fun-loving guys. It was hard for me to love the movie."

Sooo, one could see how the outspoken actress might not have made too many friends in Hollywood.

However, the question the reporter asked wasn't "why do you always criticize the projects you choose to work on?" rather it was about rumors that she and her mother Nancy are "difficult."

Heigl apparently responded: "I can only say that I certainly don't see myself as being difficult and I don't intend to be difficult. I don't think my mother sees herself as being difficult. I think it's always important to everybody to conduct themselves professionally and respectfully and kindly. So if I have ever disappointed somebody, it was never intentional."

As for rumors about Katherine and her mom being difficult, "a high-level source" involved in 2008's 27 Dresses told The Hollywood Reporter that although the actual production had been without incident, when it was time to promote the film overseas, "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.”

State of Affairs starring Katherine Heigl and Alfre Woodard premiered in November on NBC.

 

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