Heigl, who has a reputation for criticizing her own projects, says she felt betrayed by the Hollywood machine.
She explained, “This 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.”
Katherine added that taking on so many romantic comedies probably didn’t help. “I had an amazing time. I love romantic comedies. I was so stoked to be doing them. But maybe I hit it a little too hard. I couldn’t say no. There’s nothing wrong with them, but maybe I overloaded my audience. I should have done a superhero movie or a psychological thriller."
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All those lovey dovey movies meant that she stopped challenging herself. “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."
The actress, who says she is still a bit of a “Hollywood animal,” spent her time off in Utah with her family.
“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’s not giving up on the industry just yet. Katherine is returning to television this fall with a new drama, “State of Affairs.” Check out the trailer for the NBC show below!
To read the full feature, see the August issue of Marie Claire UK, available through Apple Newsstand.