There was a time when Katherine Heigl was the "It" girl in romantic comedies but that soon went away after a string of poorly reviewed movies. The actress admits to Marie Claire UK
(via Daily Mail
) that she felt "betrayed" when it all came crashing down.
"The thing that was my best friend for a long time suddenly turned on me. And I didn't expect it. I was taken by surprise and angry at it for betraying me," the former Grey's Anatomy star recalls.
After a headline-grabbing departure from Grey's, Heigl went on to star in movies including Knocked Up, 27 Dresses and The Ugly Truth. "I had an amazing time. I love romantic comedies," she says. "But maybe I hit it a little too hard. I couldn't say no."
She adds, "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."
Heigl, 35, even confesses to the women's magazine that she came close to quitting Hollywood altogether. "Oh yeah, I had a moment where, I don't know, I was thinking I'd maybe open a knitting store, get my money out of retirement accounts and live off that, live off the land. I had my moment where it all seemed so complicated and all I wanted to do was simplify."
She continues, "There's a part of me that's a Hollywood animal as well. I can't wait to get into the writer's room and see how we do this. I feel like I'm finally rolling into the next phase of my adulthood."
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