Now that her Knocked Up
paycheck has cleared, Katherine Heigl
has a confession to make. She thinks the movie is “a little sexist.”
Oh, really? A film where an underachieving, slovenly slacker hooks up
with an overachieving, polished professional is “a little sexist”?
A film where the men get almost all the laugh lines and the women get
almost all the nag lines is “a little sexist”? Who’d a thunk it?
As Katherine told Vanity Fair for
the January 2008 cover story:
“[The film is] a little
sexist. It 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? Ninety-eight percent of the time it was an amazing
experience, but it was hard for me to love the movie.”
A-ha! As much as I appreciated
the goofy appeal of Judd Apatow’s summer sleeper, it also bothered me. First, it was so very straight that
the gayest thing about it was all the times the characters called each
other “gay.” Second, its continuation of the gorgeous girl–dumpy
dude trend irked me. And, finally, it made male arrested development
cool and, intentionally or not, told them that they too could get a
hottie to have their babies.
Still, if Katherine had problems
with the movie, why did she sign on in the first place? I mean, that
portrayal of women had to be in the script, right? And if she didn’t
like her killjoy character, why didn’t she say something during filming?
But Knocked Up
isn’t the only project Katherine has issues with. She also has a bone
to pick with the happenings at Seattle Grace. In particular, she has
problems with her character Izzie’s affair with George (her real-life
best friend T.R. Knight).
“That was kind of a big change
for Izzie, wasn’t it, after she was so up on her moral high ground.
They really hurt somebody, and they didn’t seem to be taking a lot
of responsibility for it. I have a really hard time with that kind of
thing. I’m maybe a little too black-and-white about it. I don’t
really know Izzie very well right now. She’s changed a lot. I’m
trying to figure her out and keep her real.”
And why does she think Izzie
“It was a ratings ploy. It
was absolutely something that shocked people; it wasn’t predictable,
and people didn’t see it coming. It’s our fourth season; there’s
not a lot of spontaneity left. And business is business; I understand
that, but I want there to be some cooperation between the business end
and the creative end, so there’s some way of keeping it real.”
So, wow, that’s oddly candid.
What do you think of Heigl’s after-the-fact confessions? And do you
agree? More important, will the wardrobe department at Grey’s Anatomy
please take note of Katherine’s Vanity Fair shoot apparel? ‘Cause,