Katherine Heigl On Career Low: I Couldn't Say No to Rom-coms

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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."

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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."

The actress is returning to TV with her new NBC show State of Affairs.Do you support Heigl's comeback?