According to an L.A. Times article, Katherine Heigl,
whose movie 27 Dresses is scheduled to open January 18,
is lazy, she smokes, she might be a caffeine addict and she’s outspoken —
which rarely translates to a good thing for a woman in a man’s world.
So why, exactly, do we like her? Oh, right: because she sounds sort of
Even while riding her rising-star status as the new romantic-comedy darling, she hasn’t forgotten that she is actually
a person first and a moneymaking commodity second. Imagine that.
Of course, the entertainment industry has a way of requesting that its
stars reverse the order of those priorities, but as of yet, Heigl
seems to be in no hurry to change.
And why should she? The opening of 27 Dresses was actually pushed back one
week by the studio
in hopes of taking advantage of the Martin Luther King holiday weekend.
That seems to indicate that the studio thinks it has a real
moneymaker on its hands.
In 27 Dresses, Heigl plays a single woman
who has been a bridesmaid 27 times but never the bride. She is asked to be the bridesmaid one more time for her sister’s wedding.
The only problem is that her sister is marrying someone for whom Heigl’s
character has feelings.
The response at preview screenings has been largely positive. And although the
movie also stars James Mardsen and Edward Burns as Heigl’s
possible love interests, there is no mistake that the movie is Heigl’s
to win or lose. The sneak peaks make it appear that Heigl is winning.
Here’s a look at the trailer:
Heigl and the film are getting
plenty of press and early reviews are positive. But that “outspoken”
label keeps popping up. In case you are unaware, outspoken is code for opinionated. Opinionated, at least in terms of labeling
women, is code for does-not-know-when-to-be-quiet. Does-not-know-when-to-be-quiet
is code for an undesirable trait in a young Hollywood starlet.
But in order for Heigl to care about that, she would of course have to
care about that, and it seems that she doesn’t care about
that. Not at age 29 and with one Emmy in hand for her role as Izzie
Stevens on Grey’s Anatomy and an apparent drawing power even
when she spends 90 percent of a movie (Knocked Up) being artificially
pregnant, which of course is different than being artificially impregnated.
So what is this “outspoken”
thing that articles keep coming back to? Well, it started at the 2007 Golden Globe
Awards when she
publicly spoke about her lack of amusement in response to costar Isaiah Washington’s
comments regarding her other costar T.R. Knight’s sexuality. Then she
made additional press in a Vanity Fair interview when she continued to
openly lament about what she perceived to be sexist overtones in the
film Knocked Up and how she struggled with some of those perceptions
while filming the movie. (She did issue a clarifying statement regarding
her view of how women were depicted in Knocked Up, and made it
clear that she did enjoy making the movie very much.) In the same
Vanity Fair interview, she also mentioned that she’s not thrilled with
the direction her character has taken in Grey’s Anatomy.
Being outspoken or speaking
one’s mind can come at a price in this town, and that price can be rather
high if one speaks too loudly or tramples too many toes or appears
to be biting the hand that feeds the star. So far there has been no
public complaint from the makers of Grey’s
or Knocked Up; they don’t seem to feel that Heigl has been nibbling on their
fingers with her comments. I do find it amusing, though, that Grey’s
Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes has asked that Heigl walk
the picket line on behalf of the writers on strike — and that Heigl does
it because her boss is making her, but has also made it clear that she does not
enjoy walking in circles carrying signs. Hey, come to think, of it maybe
that’s the payback for the comments!
Anyway, from a woman’s perspective,
27 Dresses is more than just Heigl at work.
It’s a trifecta of female energy!
The film was written by Aline
Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) and was directed by
Anne Fletcher (Step Up). Fletcher
is probably better known for her choreography work, but another female
director is always OK in my book. The film
is due out in a couple of weeks, and frankly, I can’t wait to hear what
Heigl thinks about it all. At least we’ll know that whatever it is, it’s truly
her opinion and not the company line. Of course, that frankness might
be fun for us, but the jury is still out on how much fun it is for