Katherine Heigl: How Rom-Coms Messed Up My Career

She did too many, she explains in new interview

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 3, 2014 10:44 AM CDT

(Newser) – If you thought Katherine Heigl's career was suffering because she's difficult to work with, well, allow the actress to set the record straight: It was actually doing too many romantic comedies that was the problem. "I had an amazing time. I love romantic comedies," she explains in a new interview with Marie Claire UK. "I was so stoked to be doing them. But maybe I hit it a little too hard. I couldn’t say no. There’s nothing wrong with them, but maybe I overloaded my audience. I should have done a superhero movie or a psychological thriller."

That's when things changed for her. "This thing that was my best friend for a long time suddenly turned on me," she says, referring to the biz. "And I didn’t expect it. I was taken by surprise and angry at it for betraying me." But that's not the only reason she took a five-year hiatus from the limelight, she explains: Thanks to the plethora of rom-coms, "I stopped challenging myself. It became a bit by rote and, as a creative person, that can wear you down. That was part of why I took that time off, to ask myself, 'What do I want? What am I looking for?' and shut down all the noise." She's back now, with a new TV show. (Speaking of movie romances, a shocking interview out yesterday revealed that Ryan Gosling wanted Rachel McAdams kicked off The Notebook set.)

Katherine Heigl during a scene from 27 Dresses.
Katherine Heigl during a scene from "27 Dresses."   (AP Photo/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Barry Wetcher)
Katherine Heigl poses during a photo call  to promote the film 'Einmal ist Keinmal' original title 'One For The Money' in Berlin, Monday  Feb. 6, 2012. The film starts on April 19 in Germany.
Katherine Heigl poses during a photo call to promote the film 'Einmal ist Keinmal' original title 'One For The Money' in Berlin, Monday Feb. 6, 2012. The film starts on April 19 in Germany.   (AP Photo/dapd/ Adam Berry)
Katherine Heigl and Seth Rogen in Knocked Up.
Katherine Heigl and Seth Rogen in "Knocked Up."   (AP Photo/Universal Pictures,Suzanne Hanover, file)
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