Katherine Heigl just can’t seem to escape reports that she’s difficult to work with.
This weekend the actress logged onto Facebook for a Q&A with fans to promote her new NBC drama “State of Affairs,” and the subject of her being difficult came up once again.
Heigl kicked off the conversation by posting a picture of herself at a computer. She eagerly greeted fans and indicated that no subject was off limits.
“Got a question about my new show ‘State of Affairs?’ Maybe my animal welfare work? Perhaps a favorite movie role or character? You decide by leaving your questions below and I will be back in a few minutes to answer them. Ask away!!” she wrote.
Things started out pretty light with a question about her favorite former “Grey’s Anatomy” co-star. A curious fan then asked how many dogs the animal welfare activist has. “I have 8 dogs…yeah 8,” she responded.
It didn’t take long for someone to question if Heigl has a problem getting along with others.
A reader named Madisen did the honors, writing: “I’ve heard rumors that your very rude. What’s your thoughts?”
Heigl offered a lengthy explanation.
“Yeah I’ve heard those too…honestly I don’t think I am…nothing makes me more uncomfortable than confrontation or hurting someones feelings and I would never, ever actively do so on purpose,” Heigl wrote.
“Of course just like any human being I’ve made mistakes and unwittingly or carelessly spoken or acted but I always try to make any wrong right. That doesn’t mean I won’t stand up for myself by drawing boundaries and asking to be treated kindly and respectfully but I don’t do that with any rude or unkind intentions just with the same strength and honesty I think every one of us is entitled to,” she added.
It’s not the first time the question has come up. In July at a Television Critics Association panel for her NBC series, a reporter asked Heigl a similar question.
“I can’t really speak to that. I can only say that I certainly don’t see myself as difficult. I would never intend to be difficult. I don’t think my mother sees herself as being difficult … I think it’s important for everyone to conduct themselves professionally, respectfully and kindly,” the actress said.
“State of Affairs” premieres Monday, Nov. 17 on NBC at 10 p.m. ET.