Why is Katherine Heigl so annoying?
In January 2008, Vanity ShowThe cover girl was Katherine Heigl. “Hollywood’s hottest blonde,” as they called her, looked stunning – a soothing dollop of peach gelato poured into a column dress, eyebrows cleverly arched, lipstick perfectly applied. Inside the magazine, she was grinning royally behind the wheel of a Rolls, stretching her arms into silk opera gloves. The accompanying text told another, less rosy story: the Grey’s Anatomy The star detailed the shocking death of her older brother Jason, opened up about her Mormon childhood, and discussed her struggle to gain recognition as an actress. She projected a sort of cowardly candor, blowing up the movie that launched her fame, Blistered, as “a little sexist” and her character, journalist Allison Scott, as “a shrew.” At the time, it read like a refreshing daring: This Heigl! It’s a gun.(Continuation of the story below …)
Today, this issue looks like a yellowing relic ready for a Planet Hollywood showcase. Heigl’s biggest accomplishment over the past 18 months, if you buy the blogs, has been completely squandering her prominent position, going from a cherubic and popular new actress with a brain to a diva-like shrew. The roles have changed so much that celebrity sites now regularly fill pageviews by blowing up their weaknesses. On Google, “I Hate Katherine Heigl” (27,000 visits) exceeds “I Hate Sandra Bullock” (14,000 visits) and even “I Hate Tara Reid” (13,100). Perez Hilton adored him; now he draws devil horns on his curls. TMZ describes its main occupation as “chain smoking”, calling it “spending[ing] as much time with her cigarettes “as she does” with her husband, Josh Kelley “.
It is so vitriolic that they take a revisionist look at his early career. Before everyone turns on her Blistered earned praise for her “charming” portrayal of a “competent and attractive young woman” (The New York Times); to “bring a convincing advantage” to the role, in a “ferociously funny” way (Variety); to be the pleasant “Alice in this loons wonderland” (new York). Dr Isobel Stevens, his character on Grey’s, is gentle in nature with sad brown eyes – the role won her an Emmy for Best Actress. Young Heigl had the most promising film career of all Grey’s girls, but she remembers it much less well.
How did Katherine Heigl fall so far and so quickly in esteem? Part of it is pure sexism. Every decade has a most boring actress (not so long ago Jennifer Love Hewitt was the object of tabloid disaffection), ever an actor, and that’s a distinction distributed via One Man’s Principles. caves. Heigl violates all the archaic and unspoken rules of being the darling of the American box office. Lots of actors smoke, swear, drink and stopper, but she’s the one who suffers the most. Last summer, when she was caught throwing a finished cigarette on the sidewalk, Star the magazine quickly called her an environmentally unfriendly “bug” who improperly goaded a neighboring police officer into letting her go without a ticket.
But more than simply daring to challenge chauvinistic mores, Heigl shot himself in the foot with her childbirth. Everyone applauded his defense of Grey’s costar TR Knight after costar Isaiah Washington called him a “ped”. But Heigl kept chatting over and over again, even after Washington was sacked in disgrace. People began to wonder if Heigl’s comments were less about Knight than she was about her. Last July, in an attempt to be noble, she withdrew from the Emmy race because, she said, she had not received “the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination.” . The press criticized her again for her diva attitude (did she really need to make a statement? And did she have to insult the writers and producers of the show while she was at it?). When she ran for the race again this year, Emmy voters failed to name her, even though she did her best job on the show this season as an Izzie, who suffers from cancer. But forget about Izzie and his eroding brain. Heigl wants all the sympathy for herself. This week she blamed David Letterman that she had a “seventeen- (dramatic pause) time (dramatic break) “working day on set, and she” was going to keep saying it because I hope it embarrasses them [the Grey’s Anatomy show runners]. “Embarrass them for what? Keep her employed? In a country close to 10 percent unemployment, the remark was muted.
Heigl is doing pretty well on the big screen—Blistered was a crash, 27 dresses a modest blow. Now she’s back with The sad truth, a romantic comedy that hits theaters Friday and does it a disservice. She plays Abby Richter, a stuck local news producer whose staples are Ann Taylor’s t-shirts and moralization. When a boor named Mike Chadway (Gerard Butler) with a naughty dating show joins her morning lineup, Abby gives the strident a boost, furious that non-news is invading her pristine segment. But then, before you know it, Mike and his 5 o’clock shadow are leaving beard burns on Abby’s face. Soon they are flying off to paradise in a hot air balloon. Good for them.
Except you don’t feel too good for them. It’s hard to empathize with the character of Heigl, so thorny and sharp for the first half of the movie, so stupid and willful for the second half. (In a recent pre-screening in New York City, at least five people rushed to the door halfway through the movie.) Abby doesn’t see the vast middle ground from the button down to the top button. and pulling on vibrant black lace panties, which she obediently did at Mike’s command. Much like real life, in which Heigl seems unable to see the space between over-sharing and being silent. Heigl might be an actress, but she could work her act.