Actress Katherine Heigl discussed being labelled “difficult” and facing a pariah status for speaking her mind in the entertainment industry and the harmful impact it had on her mental health.
The Grey’s Anatomy star drew criticism when she described 2007’s Knocked Up – her breakout film – as “sexist.”
She told the Washington Post her “shunning” from Hollywood left her feeling she would “rather be dead.”
But she added she’s since “grown into accepting that ambition is not a dirty word” and stands by her opinions. Heigl said that despite the fun she had playing Knocked Up’s Alison Scott, she questioned the film’s portrayal of women.
She shared, “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? Now I’m 42, that… (annoys) me.”