She doesn't understand her bad reputation

by Nicole Pomarico

There are always those celebrities who you wish were your best friend, and for me, Katherine Heigl used to be one of them. As an avid Grey's Anatomy fan and an unapologetic devotee of romantic comedies, Heigl has taken up a lot of my TV logging hours. But to be fair, who doesn't watch 27 Dresses every time it comes on? Anyway, since her days of being known as the romcom queen, Heigl's developed a reputation that's made her appear a lot less like the girl next door and a lot more like Regina George. But if you ask Heigl? That bad rep is just a misunderstanding.

As Heigl prepares to make her return to television on NBC's State of Affairs, she hit Facebook to answer fan questions and inadvertently ended up clearing up the rumors that she's rude and/or difficult to work with. And despite the fact that, even several years later, Grey's creator Shonda Rhimes still insists that since working with Heigl she's adopted a "no assholes policy," in Heigl's own words, that policy is totally unfounded — and when a fan asked her about it, she wasn't shy about setting the record straight.

"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. 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."

It's just a fact of life that we're all guilty of saying and doing things we regret once the heat of the moment has passed, and in Heigl's life, there are always plenty of witnesses around to bend the story however it serves them. Does this mean Heigl's been treated unfairly all these years? Maybe. There's no way of knowing what really happened on the Grey's set, after all.

Another sad fact of life: When women in a position of power stand up for themselves, more often than not labeled as a bitch, especially in an industry dominated by men. And if this happened to Heigl, I really hate it for her. Of course, there's always the possibility that the rumors are true and she actually is the worst coworker ever, but I prefer to give her the benefit of the doubt.

If it's any consolation, Heigl, I miss Izzie Stevens and still watch Knocked Up on the regular. I got your back!