Wednesday, July 16, 2014 / 6:14 am
Katherine Talks State Of Affairs
On the red carpet at NBCUniversal's 2014 Summer TCA on Sunday, Katherine Heigl chatted with Access Hollywood about her role in CIA drama, State Of Affairs. What made her want to go back to television and what is it like working with former CIA analysts?
Glamour reporter Jessica Radloff also caught up with Katherine to ask her a few questions as she made her way down the red carpet.
Glamour: You've been in this industry for a long time. With that comes highs and lows, and you've faced your share of adversity. What have those difficult times taught you?
Katherine Heigl: With time comes perspective and wisdom, and I will never tell a young actress 'don't feel it' because of course you will. But I would say, when you do, give yourself one permission to be hurt and be sad, but then get back up and spend time with people that you know love you no matter what, unconditionally so. That reminds you of who you are because it gets a little sticky at times. When everyone has a universal opinion of you, you start to wonder, 'Am I like this? Am I crazy?' So when you do spend time with the people that love you and are reminded, 'Oh yeah, they wouldn't love me like this if I was that person, if I did behave that way,' then I can re-bolster my spirits.
Glamour: I love that, and it's so true. Switching gears to the new show, it is such a perfect vehicle for you. When you and your mom went in to pitch it to NBC, how did you sell it to them?
Katherine Heigl: We got really lucky because we were approached by Rodney Faraon, who is an ex-CIA analyst and briefer to two presidents, and Hank Crumpton, who is an operative and wrote the Art of Intelligence and was very involved in the Bin Laden stuff. So when they started started talking to us about these stories, that's when we went, 'This is not just an interesting idea but a riveting idea and something we haven't explored much in film or television... this side of the C.I.A.' Rodney was in the pitches with us, and he would say to everybody, "Think of four numbers: 52, 17, 7, and 1. $52 billion dollars a year is spent on gathering intelligence. There's 17 intelligence agencies, and they distill all that intelligence down to seven pages that one person brings to the President." So that was our big pitch. I loved that because it shows you the gravitas, the weight, and the seriousness of this, and the level of time, energy, effort, money, and patriotism that all these people display to protect us in this country.
Glamour: Did you meet with any political figures in Washington, D.C., to discuss what they do for a living?
Katherine Heigl: Not yet, but I'm hoping we're going to D.C. at some point and going to Langley and getting to walk around, but I don't know what it entails! Probably a huge background check and a strip search! [Laughs]