Duana Posted by Duana at January 19, 2012 18:13:36 January 19, 2012 18:13:36

So you read this headline, right?   That Katherine Heigl ΓÇÿwould loveΓÇÖ to go back to GreyΓÇÖs Anatomy?

ItΓÇÖs become a bit of a sport to bash Heigl for things she says in the press, so letΓÇÖs take this one apart a bit.

The Generous Angle

Katherine Heigl knows GreyΓÇÖs Anatomy was the project that brought her enough fame and acclaim to go on into movies.   While sheΓÇÖs proven herself bankable since then, that was the break that made her so.

And she can see that.   No matter how innocently she made the comments of a few years back ΓÇô that the writing she was given didnΓÇÖt warrant being submitted for a performance Emmy, that being on a show playing the same character can be ΓÇÿstaleΓÇÖ - Heigl also plays to an audience thatΓÇÖs not so un-Oprah in terms of ΓÇÿremembering your spiritΓÇÖ,  which can be seen as ΓÇÿremembering your startΓÇÖ.

I donΓÇÖt think itΓÇÖs so crazy to think that she was being earnest in her comments ΓÇô that she would like to come back.  That she would enjoy revisiting the character.   Remember too that an ensemble is a lot more fun for an actor.   Kristen Bell said that House of Lies was a delight for her partly because everything wasnΓÇÖt resting solely on her shoulders, as it had in Veronica Mars (which Lainey now loves, after scorning it for YEARS.  Just a reminder).  Heigl is big business these days, sure, but when youΓÇÖre the lead in a movie it takes a lot of damn time and effort, and the long days necessarily involve you every single time, and itΓÇÖs exhausting.    Rewarding, especially financially, but most actors like to play in a group. ItΓÇÖs just more fun

And in a lot of ways,  GreyΓÇÖs Heigl was the best Heigl.   Everyone excoriates her for the ΓÇÿnot given the materialΓÇÖ line, but letΓÇÖs not forget that she was the quickest to call Isaiah Washington on the carpet for things he said about T.R. Knight (and then defending himself).   She wasnΓÇÖt worried in the least about what taking a side would do to her career, and I bet sheΓÇÖs proud of herself.   As she should be.

So going back to GreyΓÇÖs Anatomy might be a way to acknowledge all this ΓÇô that while things can get overwhelming as a highly-paid movie star (sheΓÇÖs making $16,000,000 for One For The Money), it would be nice to go back to her roots.

The Annoying Angle

Or, you can read it like I didnΓÇÖt want to, like I tried not to.   That sheΓÇÖs offering them her services.  That sheΓÇÖs told them she wants to go back, but that itΓÇÖs their failing if they canΓÇÖt find a way to  incorporate this big movie star into their show, which would so obviously be beneficial to them.

She also said she would like to see where Izzie winds up, that she wonders what happened to herΓǪthe implication being that the ending she got at the hands of Shonda Rhimes (which, I was mildly annoyed she called her ΓÇÿherΓÇÖ in the article, but thatΓÇÖs easily taken out of context)  and her team wasnΓÇÖt sufficient.  That she wants a happier, more complete ending that wasnΓÇÖt provided the first time around.

The Analysis

If I were Heigl, I would be sick to death of my words always being twisted to sound as negative as possible. IΓÇÖd be sick, too, of watching my admittedly outspoken mouth all the time, trying to make sure what I said was clean and clear.   

We all have friends who talk out of their asses half the time but itΓÇÖs done with love, not malice, and if theyΓÇÖre confronted about it, theyΓÇÖre genuinely surprised because that wasnΓÇÖt what they meant.  Maybe they should know better than to talk like idiots, but then again, maybe they really honestly think theyΓÇÖre being straightforward and kind.

ItΓÇÖs pretty tiring to hate everything, all the time, isnΓÇÖt it?  WouldnΓÇÖt it be refreshing to give her the benefit of the doubt?  But if you did, would you feel like a sucker?  Like she was ΓÇÿgetting away withΓÇÖ talking this way?

I mean, I hate to always come to this point, but Tracy Morgan is walking around FINE after having made some ridiculously inflammatory and ill-thought out comments.  Mel Gibson, too.  HeΓÇÖs still employable, somehow.  But itΓÇÖs Heigl who gets most of our scorn.    

WhatΓÇÖs different about them?  Hmmm.

(Lainey: Duana was right, I’m gagging, about Veronica. But…Katherine Heigl is way up her own ass.)



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