Katherine Heigl has been building a reputation in recent years as a difficult actress to work with, and a new story by The Hollywood Reporter comes speculation that her bad attitude on set might have affected both her film career and her success with getting a pilot picked up.
While NBC announced earlier this month that it will develop a new series in which Heigl will star as a CIA agent, rumor has it that several other studios passed on the project when they found out Heigl was attached to it, something that happened with another project earlier this year.
“On many levels, she would have been perfect for the role, but all of us said, ‘She’s not worth it.’ ” an unnamed producer said.
“She can cost you time every single day of shooting,” said a source who worked with Heigl on 2010’s “Life As We Know It”. “Wardrobe issues, not getting out of the trailer, questioning the script every single day. Even getting her deal closed at Warners was hard. She hit that point of ‘no.'”
While there’s no doubt about Heigl’s talent, part of the issues on set arise with her mother, who is also her manager and is said to be extremely demanding during shoots.
“There were movie-star demands — big rooms, the mother there, all the stuff,” says a source. ” ‘We need the presidential suite at The Bristol!’ It was just a sense of entitlement. The biggest stars don’t do that kind of thing.”
Still, there are plenty of directors and producers who say they would work with Heigl again in a heartbeat, including Greg Berlanti, director of “Life As We Know It”. Heigl and her mother have both reportedly promised to have changed attitudes in the future, and perhaps that factored in to NBC’s decision to greenlight the pilot for the CIA drama, which Heigl has been shopping around for several months.
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