Celebrity Watch: Katherine Heigl Tells It Like It Is

“I’m playing such a bitch, why is [my character] being such a killjoy?”


The past few years, Katherine Heigl’s only movie roles have been in independent films and animated voiceovers. She is currently attempting a TV comeback with the NBC drama State of Affairs. This may be make-or-break for Heigl. Many TV executives say “she’s just not worth it.” They have a point.

Heigl criticized the writers of Knocked Up for being sexist in a “tirade” following the film’s release. She referred to the comedy as “a little sexist.” “It paints the woman as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as goofy, lovable and fun loving.” She continued, “I’m playing such a bitch; why is she being such a killjoy? Why is this how you are portraying women?”

Heigle was nominated for an Emmy for her role of Dr. Izzie Stevens on the ABC drama Grey’s Anatomy. She refused the nomination stating she had not received “Emmy worthy” writing for her character—again slamming the writers of the series.

On the sets of other films, Heigl’s demands and attitude have reportedly upset crew members and co-stars. Does having strong opinions and not being afraid to express them make her a prima donna or is there something else going on here?

Heigle ‘s criticisms of her own roles have given her a reputation as a temperamental person with an inflated view of her own talent and importance.  But there is another plausible explanation for her behavior.  Heigl might be a misunderstood pointy-headed tyrant  turtle  [Review Personality Traits] in an industry where females are assumed to be eagle-eyed hippies.

Most actors are eagle-eyed hippies (sensing/perceiving types).  They are natural performers rather than critics.  Pointy-headed tyrants by contrast are natural critics rather than performers.  In particular, pointy-headed tyrant turtles (introverted/thinking/judging types such as the Enforcer and Revolutionary) have a tendency to be less than tactful when communicating criticism to others.  They call it like they see it because they would rather be hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie, and they assume—often wrongly—that others feel the same.

Our personality quiz and educational materials are based on Carl Jung’s theory of psychological types and the research of Isabel Myers (creator of the Myers-Briggs), David Keirsey, and Paul and Barbara Tieger, and others.

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