Katherine Heigl Claims ‘Too Many Rom-Coms’ Derailed Her Career

“I should have done a superhero movie or a psychological thriller,” the actress says

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Katherine Heigl is back in Hollywood with a new NBC television series, “State of Affairs,” on the horizon and a fresh perspective on her career. So fresh, we’ve never quite heard anything like it.

“I had an amazing time. I love romantic comedies. I was so stoked to be doing them,” Heigl told Marie Claire UK magazine.

“But maybe I hit it a little too hard,” she continued. “I couldn’t say no. There’s nothing wrong with them, but maybe I overloaded my audience. I should have done a superhero movie or a psychological thriller.”

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During the five seasons on “Grey’s Anatomy,” Heigl starred in several romantic comedies, including “The Ugly Truth,” “27 Dresses” and “Knocked Up.” And as a result, the actress said she felt that she wasn’t challenging herself.

Last October, “Grey’s” star Ellen Pompeo presented her own harsh take on Heigl’s departure from the medical drama and her movie career.

“You could understand why she wanted to go — when you’re offered $12 million a movie and you’re only 26,” Pompeo said. “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.”

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In addition to her rough exit from “Grey’s,” she also insulted “Knocked Up” co-star Seth Rogen and director Judd Apatow when she suggested the movie was sexist and she found it “hard to love.”

Looking back during the Marie Claire interview, Heigl didn’t bring up all that drama … though she did say that her fondness for Hollywood took a turn for the worse.

“This thing that was my best friend for a long time suddenly turned on me,” she said of the industry. “And I didn’t expect it. I was taken by surprise and angry at it for betraying me.”

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Currently, Heigl has agreed to shoot 15 episodes of “State of Affairs” per season and lives in Utah.