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After failing to jumpstart her movie career following a string of critical and commercial flops, Katherine Heigl is returning to the small screen as the star of an NBC pilot about a top-level CIA analyst. But according to a scathing new article in The Hollywood Reporter, Heigl's going to have to do a lot more than act to change her luck.
The story claims that Heigl's increasingly difficult behavior on and off the set have made her -- and her equally imposing mother and manager, Nancy -- a Hollywood pariah. Whether it's demanding a bigger hotel room and better food, or seizing control over the casting process, Heigl has reportedly pissed off a lot of people and earned a reputation as a serious diva.
But the behavior that's burned the most bridges, THR says, is Heigl's tendency to publicly air grievances about her work, such as when the actress slammed "Knocked Up" (her biggest role and biggest hit to date) as "sexist," or when she declined to put her name in for Emmy consideration for "Grey's Anatomy" (for which she won the Best Supporting Actress award in 2007) because she thought the writing was sub-par. Many in Hollywood want nothing to do with her because of it, THR reports, with one TV exec saying networks have passed on her for parts because "she's not worth it."
Unsurprisingly, Heigl is eager to change people's minds, and THR says that she's determined to do so through continuing to work. In addition to the TV pilot, she just finished shooting an indie dark comedy -- a departure from her usual rom-com roles -- and its director, Anthony Burns, had only positive things to say about the actress. Another past collaborator, producer and director Greg Berlanti ("Life as We Know It"), also stuck up for Heigl.
"I would work with her again in a heartbeat," Berlanti said. "She's an amazing actress, and her in a TV show that's a great idea and well executed would be something I would watch and would feel lucky to work on myself."
For more, check out the full story at The Hollywood Reporter.
[via THR h/t HuffPost]