Some people remember Katherine Heigl from her days on the show “Roswell.” But the grand majority got to know the actress as Dr. Izzie Stevens on”Grey’s Anatomy,” a role which won her the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in 2007. (The film “Knocked Up” helped solidify her reputation that year, too.) But Heigl did not make too many friends when, in 2008, she pulled herself out of Emmy consideration, saying, “I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination.”
Two years later, she left the show. “I am done,” she said at the time. “It’s sad but it’s what I wanted.”
Fast forward to the present. I was interested to read an interview with Heigl today, in which she is eating some serious crow trying to get her old job back.
“I really, really, really want to see where [Izzie] is,” Heigl tells E! News.
“I just want to know what happened to her and where she went and what she’s doing now. My idea is that she actually like figures it out, and finds some success and does really well in a different hospital. She was always floundering you know, and so she was always one step behind the eight ball and I want to see that girl take some power back.”
Heigl recently said that she is trying to rehab her image. In December, she told Elle magazine, “I look at some of what I had to say, and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I would tell myself to shut up too.’”
So I’m not too surprised to see her go a step further in her interview with E!, showering appreciation on “Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes. She clearly lets the series’ writing staff know that she no longer has any illusions about her place as an actor.
“I don’t know,” Heigl said, when asked if she thought the show would be open to her return. “Being a showrunner and being a writer of a TV series like that is so complicated. I mean, she’s got how many characters? There’s a lot and so she’s balancing about 40 different storylines. So I don’t know if it fits into their vision for this season or next.”
Sure, Heigl’s quotes do read like a big, red, flashing neon sign directed at Rhimes, yelling, “Take me back, please!” But I absolutely get where she’s coming from.
I feel like in some ways, I acted the same way at my first job. Out of college, I was lucky enough to land my dream job at Jane Magazine. I worked my way through the ranks quickly, getting frequent promotions. Soon, I was a features writer—a highly coveted position in the journalism world. I was young, not to mention a little high on my quick rise—which I attributed fully to talent rather than to talent mixed with amazing luck. I started to feel like I was too good for things, like my creativity was being stifled. I really do wish that I could take back the assignments I turned down in that period, as well the edits I dug in my heels and was a brat about making. A few years later, having experienced far more of the writer’s struggle—not to mention a recession—I realize that I should have more flexible, more humble, and way more thankful for the awesome thing I had.
All this is to say, I actually hope that Heigl gets another shot here. And with it the chance to show what a few years of growing will do for a person.
What do you think—do you relate at all here?
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