Remember that Hollywood Reporter piece last year in which insiders bashed Katherine Heigl as "entitled" and "difficult"? Well, reporters at yesterday's NBC summer press tour certainly did, and the resulting questions made for a session Vulture calls both "lively" and "tense." Asked directly about her reputation, Heigl responded, "I can only say that I certainly don’t see myself as being difficult. I would never intend to be difficult. I don’t think my mother sees herself as difficult. It’s important to everybody to conduct themselves professionally and respectfully and kindly. If I’ve ever disappointed somebody, it was never intentional."
The press conference comes ahead of the Nov. 17 premiere of Heigl's new TV series, State of Affairs, the New York Daily News reports, adding that Heigl also said she was "not sure how to respond" to the question about her temperament. "I was raised to treat people with respect," she said. At a party later, she noted, "I'm a neurotic actor, I'm not gonna lie," but added that nowadays she's "less atwitter and I'm less defensive and I'm less afraid of what everybody thinks of me," E! reports. "I get my feelings hurt, and I certainly get frustrated because I want to prove I'm something, or prove to people that I'm more than they think, but I don't get quite as aflutter about it as I did in my youth. And I have a deeper understanding of what really matters, and who really matters. Whose opinion really matters. And I'll just look at my husband sometimes and I'll go, 'You know what, I'm doing alright. Because if I were this big of an a--hole, he would not still be here.' He is way too cool to put up with that!" (Read more Katherine Heigl stories.)