Ellen Pompeo opened up about Katherine Heigl's difficult behavior on Grey's Anatomy, and revealed her thoughts on why the controversial actress' movie career has not been successful.
Pompeo discussed the tension on Grey's Anatomy leading up to Heigl's departure from the medical drama, and said that while she understood why the blonde bombshell gave up her role as Izzie Stevens, it may not have been a smart career move. "Hurt feelings, combined with instant success and huge paychecks, starting things spinning out of control," Pompeo said.
"The crazier things got, as I watched all the tumult with Isaiah [Washington] and then the Katie thing, I started to focus on the work," Pompeo said. Seemingly making a dig at Heigl, Pompeo explained that she had a different mentality thanks to her humble beginnings. "Maybe it is my Boston, blue-collar upbringing. I just tried to not pay attention to all the noise around me."
Pompeo's choice words about her former Grey's Anatomy co-star didn't stop there, however, and the actress even dissed Heigl's stalled movie career. "You could understand why she wanted to go," Pompeo said. "When you're offered $12 million a movie and you're only 26. But Katie's problem is that she should not have renewed her contract. She re-upped, took a big raise and then tried to get off the show. And then her movie career did not take off."
Pompeo's commentary about Heigl comes just weeks after industry insiders revealed the extent of the actress' bad behavior onset. "She can cost you time every day of shooting," a source said. "Wardrobe issues, not getting out of the trailer, questioning the script every single day." Executives have attributed Heigl's flailing movie career to her and her manager mother creating "desperately difficult situations" on a regular basis.
In fact, a top produce said that he rejected Heigl for a recent role precisely because of her bad rap. "On many levels, she would have been perfect for the role," he producer said. "But all of us said, 'She's not worth it.'" While reports of Heigl's unpleasantries have undoubtedly played a role in her ill-fated movie career, a source close to the actress said she is working to rebuild trust in the industry.
"She's really determined to put everything behind her," the insider said. "The only way to do that is to go to work in film or television with good people and for those people to have good things to report back. And it's not an overnight thing."