Wednesday, September 29, 2010 / 1:36 pm
New York Times Feature Article
Katherine recently completed production on her latest movie, "One For The Money" where she stars as Stephanie Plum in the film adaptation of the best selling novel by Janet Evanovich. The film was shot in Pittsburgh and The New York Times caught up with her on location to talk about her image in the media.
In the interview feature, which appears both online and in Saturday's edition of the newspaper on the cover of the "Arts & Leisure" section, Katherine also mentioned news of a possible new project, that could see her starring in an adaptation of "Outlander", the best-selling novel by Diana Gabaldon in 2012.
The Unwilling Diva
By Brooks Barnes
An unsmiling Katherine Heigl, at work on a new movie in this Pittsburgh suburb in August, stepped out of a chauffeured black S.U.V. and strode onto the set. She briskly filmed her scene and decamped to her air-conditioned trailer. "I admit that I’m particular about the way I work," she said, stopping to stare at a stuffed rabbit on the floor. She continued her thought, but not before giving the bunny a swift kick.
True? Yes. But the morning could also be accurately described like this: Relaxing in her trailer between scenes, Katherine Heigl apologized for the mess - her daughter, Naleigh, had been playing with stuffed animals. Gracious and funny, Ms. Heigl talked about her struggle to balance work with family. "I guess everything in life requires some kind of compromising," she said.
So which is it? Cold diva or likable mom?
As Ms. Heigl has learned the hard way, Hollywood and the news media aren’t big on nuance. Stars are supposed to come packaged with neat captions: bubbly (Julia Roberts), charming (George Clooney), quirky (Johnny Depp). When they step outside those assigned boxes, either in a film role or in real life, the machinery starts pushing them back.
Ms. Heigl, 31, has been assigned the diva box. Reporters are supposed to look for the smallest signal of imperiousness. (Bunny, kicked - scribble that down.) Forget that she’s warm and genuine in person. She demanded to be freed from the "Grey’s Anatomy" role that made her a star before her contract came to an end, and for that she will be punished.
Visit The New York Times online or check out Saturday's edition of the newspaper to read the article in full.