Knocked Up may have been released nine years ago, but stars Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl are still making news about the relationship they had — or didn’t have — on the Judd Apatow comedy.
While promoting her new drama Doubt for CBS, Heigl was asked to respond to comments made recently made by Rogen, who told Howard Stern, “I thought she hated us … and it seemed like she didn’t have good experience making [Knocked Up].”
“She didn’t feel the product was as she thought she should be portrayed,” Rogen told Stern. “When that happens, as someone who is an egomaniac, I just get hurt by that. She must f—ing hate me.”
But on Wednesday, Heigl had nothing but good vibes to share about her former costar.
“I think he’s handled it so beautifully,” she told reporters Wednesday in Beverly Hills, California. “I feel nothing but love and respect. It was so long ago, and I just wish him so much goodness. I felt that from him, too.”
Heigl’s opinion of Rogen and Knocked Up has been a source of intrigue ever since she gave an interview to Vanity Fair in 2008, when she said the movie “paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys. It exaggerated the characters, and I had a hard time with it, on some days. I’m playing such a bitch; why is she being such a killjoy? Why is this how you’re portraying women?”
During an interview with Stern back in April, Heigl clarified her past remarks by saying she was talking about her character on the movie. “She was so judgmental and kind of uptight and controlling and all these things,” Heigl said. “Judd allows everyone to be very free and improvise, and afterwards, I was like, why is that where I went with this? What an a–hole she is!”
In Doubt, Heigl plays an attorney opposite Laverne Cox in the legal drama. Heigl told the press Wednesday she loves the easier working schedule that comes with doing an ensemble piece, but she does have one regret. Unlike her last series, State of Affairs for NBC, she’s not a producer this time around.
“I actually loved being a producer. It was so fun for me. It was so engaging in a total different way,” Heigl said. “I’m really trying to get them [CBS] to let me be one.”