CELEB GOSS: Katherine Heigl: 'I don't see myself as difficult'

Katherine Heigl and Alfre Woodard during a panel for the television show "State of Affairs". Picture: REUTERS

Katherine Heigl and Alfre Woodard during a panel for the television show "State of Affairs". Picture: REUTERS

Katherine Heigl: 'I don't see myself as difficult'

n the PR-driven, image-controlled world of Hollywood it is a rare sight to see an actress being publicly called to account for her "difficult" reputation.

But former Grey's Anatomy star Katherine Heigl found herself under fire today, fielding at-times hostile questions about whether she and her mother Nancy, who is also her manager, were difficult to work with.

Heigl was appearing on a panel at a television press event in Los Angeles to promote her new series, a political drama titled State of Affairs.

Things came unstuck when a journalist asked her whether stories in the media, about how difficult she was to work with, were true.

Heigl, momentarily flustered by the directness of the question, responded with: "I certainly don't see myself as being difficult. I would never intend to be difficult. I don’t think my mother sees herself as being difficult.

"I think it’s important to everybody to conduct themselves professionally and respectfully and kindly. If I’ve ever disappointed somebody, it was never intentional," Heigl continued.

The 35-year-old actress courted controversy in 2008 when, as one of the stars of Grey's Anatomy, she withdrew herself from Emmy contention.

At the time, she said not been "given the material ... to warrant an Emmy nomination"; her remarks were interpreted as an ungracious swipe at the show's writers and producer Shonda Rhimes.

Heigl ultimately quit Grey's Anatomy for a film career, but her films have either struggled at the box office, or received poor notices from film critics.

In a recent interview with Marie Claire magazine, she said the harsh criticism of her work in film felt like "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."

Television producer Ed Bernero, who was on the panel alongside Heigl, and produces State of Affairs, tried to answer on her behalf but only got out a few words before he was cut off by the journalist.

"Seriously, I want to hear it from Katherine," the journalist said.

As the tension grew, Heigl responded, but didn't directly address the point any further, ambiguously talking about the Marie Claire interview.

"I don't know that I said my career was not under my control. Are you referring to the Marie Claire article?" she said. "I think I said I had stopped challenging myself ... I felt that I was sort of letting down my audience and wasn't challenging them either."

Attention then shifted to Heigl's mother Nancy, who, in addition to being her manager, is also credited as one of several executive producers on State of Affairs.

And with came an even more awkward question: what, exactly, does "mom" do on the show?

"We work as a partnership," Nancy Heigl responded. "I am her mother for sure, so of course I have her best interests, but I'm really learning. But it's been fun and it's been interesting. I'm really new to it."

The issue of Mrs Heigl's qualification for her role as an executive producer on a network television series was raised earlier in the day, when NBC's executives fronted the media for an "executive session".

Asked why Nancy Heigl was working as a producer on State of Affairs, NBC's entertainment president Jennifer Salke said the project was developed with the two women - mother and daughter - as a package deal.

"It's not surprising when the mother walks in the door with her, because we knew that they're a set," Salke said. "She's not been disruptive in any way that I can think of."

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Jeremy Jackson accuses Paris Hilton

Actor Jeremy Jackson has sensationally accused socialites Paris Hilton and Brandon Davis of assaulting him in California this weekend.

The former Baywatch star claims he was struck in the head with a bottle while at a gathering at Hilton’s house in Malibu in the early hours of Sunday.

He has provided editors at TMZ.com with pictures that show his alleged injuries, including a cut eye, and has compared the reported attack to the brutal beating suffered by civil rights activist Rodney King at the hands of four Los Angeles police officers in 1991.

He says, ‘‘They were literally going Rodney King on my a**.’’

Police are said to have received two phone calls from the residence, one from one of Hilton’s brothers reporting a disturbance.

But when they arrived at the scene, no one was willing to press charges.

A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Sheriff’s department reveals Paris was present during the incident but was not involved, telling RumorFix.com, ‘‘It (the fight) included one of Paris Hilton’s brothers and a house guest. It was some kind of altercation.’’

The socialite and reality TV star is yet to comment on the reports.


Clooney rejects Daily Mail apology

Hollywood star George Clooney has rejected an apology from Britain’s Daily Mail over a story claiming his fiancee’s mother opposes the couple’s upcoming marriage.

The paper reported earlier this week that the US actor’s soon-to-be Lebanese mother-in-law had been telling people that she opposes the union because of her supposed Druze faith.

The daily removed the piece from its widely read website and apologised but maintained that its story was not a fabrication and supplied by a reputable journalist.Clooney rejected the apology and accused the publication of lying.


Beyonce and Jay Z land concert series

Beyonce and Jay Z are taking their On The Run Tour to America’s HBO network.The hip-hop supercouple are currently in the middle of their first joint tour and in September fans will be able to experience the hit concert with a TV special titled On The Run Tour: Beyonce and Jay Z.

The program will feature the pair performing their impressive 42-song set at the Stade de France in Paris on 12 and 13 September.    The new special is just the latest collaboration for Beyonce and the TV network.

Last year her documentary Life Is But A Dream aired on the channel and in June performances from her Mrs Carter Show World Tour began airing in four-minute segments as part of The Beyonce: X10 series.


Cameron Diaz bares all in Sex Tape

Actress Cameron Diaz bares it all on the big screen for the first time in Sex Tape, which opens on Thursday and co-stars Jason Segel.

‘‘Yes, this is my first nude scene’’ in a film, the 41-year-old actress told Efe.Director Jake Kasdan’s film tells the story of a couple whose relationship feels boring after 10 years of marriage and two children.

The stars, who worked together in Bad Teacher, play Anni (Diaz) and Jay (Segel), a couple who tries to bring passion back into their marriage.

Anni proposes using an iPad to make a sex tape based on British writer Alex Comfort’s The Joy Of Sex (1972). But technology creates a nightmare for the couple in the raunchy comedy.

The couple uploads the video to the cloud, where their adventure really begins.Sex Tape is about real life and shows people in ‘‘the most embarrassing moments possible,’’ Segel told Efe.

Diaz said she felt at the top of her form and full of energy, thanks to a healthy lifestyle and workouts at the gym in keeping with the advice in her book, The Body Book.


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