Heigl didn't love "Knocked Up"

The "Grey's Anatomy" star talks about her "sexist" summer blockbuster.


Tracy Clark-Flory
December 4, 2007 4:00AM (UTC)

The January issue of Vanity Fair has inspired a Broadsheet girl crush on Katherine Heigl. It started way back with the infamous locker room scene on "Grey's Anatomy," in which her character Izzie Stevens boldly checks a fellow hospital intern's attempt at shaming her for paying her way through med school by modeling lingerie; indeed, she had us at "Oh, my God, breasts! How does anybody practice medicine hauling these things around?" That scene kindled an ember of interest in Heigl (and a keenness that soon fizzled for series producer Shonda Rhimes). Then, along came this spark-stoking Vanity Fair interview.

For starters, she talks about getting over the "dance of trying to please a man, trying to guess what they want you to be." Heigl says she has learned what it is that she wants and how to ask for it: "As women, we have more of a tendency to be people-pleasers, and I know a lot of women who are not vocal about what makes them happy," she says. "I spent a lot of time not being clear about who I was and what was important to me. It's easy to be taken advantage of if you're not honest." Sing it.

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But the clincher is when Heigl calls her summer blockbuster "Knocked Up" "a little sexist." She makes the same observation made by Dana Stevens in her review of the "guy-centric" movie: "It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys. It exaggerated the characters, and I had a hard time with it, on some days. I'm playing such a bitch; why is she being such a killjoy? Why is this how you're portraying women? Ninety-eight percent of the time it was an amazing experience, but it was hard for me to love the movie."

It's pretty ballsy (or ovaries-y) of her to call out the film that earned her a passport to seven-figures territory. As Jezebel sassed, it's also a tad "disingenuous." But the milieu is Hollywood, after all -- that kind of double dealing is par for the course -- and we're loving her nerve.


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