The actress admitted that being branded 'unwilling diva' is something she has 'spent a lot of time the last year thinking about and figuring out' because she doesn't want to dig her own grave.
Katherine Heigl came to L.A.'s KTLA morning show on Thursday morning, October 7, admitting that she has an "image problem." The New York Times article recently stated that Heigl is known as the not-the-best spokeswoman for herself "by being honest in interviews" and called her "unwilling diva" while the actress commented, "Yeah, I think that was fair."
Though Heigl claimed she deserved the perception of her being too honest for Hollywood, she added, "It's something that I spent a lot of time the last year thinking about and figuring out. My career is important to me and I'm really passionate about trying to keep it... I don't want to be the person digging my own grave."
The star, whose movie "Life as We Know It" hits U.S. theaters on October 8, continued, "I don't want to put myself out there in a way that in any way would hinder this great thing I've got going, because I'm really excited and grateful to be in the position I'm in now and have the opportunity to be in movies like this movie. I don't want to jeopardize that."
And Heigl has spent lots of her time trying to figure out where she went off track and how and what she can do to prevent her doing the same thing in the future. She said, "And that's the most important thing I've sort of learned as I get older and grow a little bit and get a little less defensive... I can just let go of the tone, and still say what I gotta say, and be honest, and all those things, but maybe not so edgy."
The New York Times article, published on September 29, said, "Ms. Heigl unwittingly created her image problem by being honest in interviews. Her comments were not particularly scandalous but spawned tabloid feeding frenzies, because she didn't just mouth promotional platitudes about her projects."
"But Ms. Heigl was quickly branded a traitor. In a Hollywood twist, her publicist fired her," the article later read. Heigl has made headlines by blasting "Grey's Anatomy" writers for not giving her a qualified writing and telling Vanity Fair that her 2007 movie "Knocked Up" was "a little sexist".
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