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When Katherine Heigl – who has a reputation in Hollywood for being a diva – was asked if she’s hard to work with at the Television Critic’s Association conference in Los Angeles, she was obviously shaken by it.
“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 being difficult,” Heigl told critics.
“We always . . . I think it’s important to everybody to conduct themselves professionally and respectfully and kindly. If I’ve ever disappointed somebody, it was never intentional.”
She is currently preparing for her TV comeback in the NBC thriller ‘State of Affairs’. After leaving Grey’s Anatomy, she turned to movie career.
She was recently slammed in an article in The Hollywood Reporter about allegations that she and her mother Nancy Heigl, who also serves as her manager, are difficult to work with and are verbally abusive to staff.
It didn’t help to clear views that her mother was a “stage-mom” or “mom-ager” after Nancy appeared on stage as executive producer of the NBC show.
Katherine only answered by saying, “She makes cookies.”
However, executive producers are usually experienced veterans in the field who know at least something about writing or production.
“I’m her mother for sure, so I care about her interests, but I’m just learning about executive producing and I’m learning from people who really know how to do it,” said Nancy. “It’s been fun and interesting.”
Producer Ed Bernero defended Nancy, saying she was “a producer like everyone else. She’s great to have around.”
In a 2008 Vanity Fair story, Katherine said her mother is always at her side and “didn’t care if she made any friends in this town. . . . This is a fear-dominated industry . . . and my mother refuses to be intimidated.”