Seth Rogen says Katherine Heigl’s past comments about Knocked Up caught him off-guard.
“As we were making the movie, honestly, I was like, ‘I would make a dozen movies with her. I would be whatever the sh—y version of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan is,’” Rogen told Howard Stern in an interview on Monday. “I thought we had a great dynamic, people seemed to like it, we were funny together, I was having a really good time, and then when I heard afterwards that she didn’t like it, that she seemed to not like the process, and she did not like the end product either. I think when that happens — also your trust feels somewhat betrayed. We have a very open process. We’re like, ‘You have the ability to say anything at any moment. I don’t like how I’m coming across here.'”
In a 2008 story for Vanity Fair, Heigl said Knocked Up “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?”
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During an interview with Stern back in April, Heigl clarified her past remarks and admitted to feeling embarrassed by the comments, which the actress said were made in reference to her character. “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!”
The former Grey’s Anatomy star has stated she thinks her criticism of the film has had an impact on her career, something that Rogen hopes isn’t the case. “I respect the fact that maybe that perhaps she realizes it has hurt her career,” he said. “And I don’t want that to have happened to her at all. Because I’ve said a thousand stupid things, and I really like her. Especially if she is being honest, the only people who, in this situation, should in any way take anything from it is me and Judd. Because we are the ones she was talking about. For other people to not work with her because she didn’t like her experience with us is crazy,” he said.
During Heigl’s interview with Stern earlier this year, the host suggested she call Rogen to make amends. But according to Rogen, neither he nor director Judd Apatow have heard from Heigl. “When I apologize to people, generally I don’t take a public forum to do it,” Rogen added.
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