It’s the reunion we’ve all been waiting for!
Grey’s anatomy alum Katherine Heigl sat down Ellen Pompeo In diversityis the latest Actors over actors Series out Tuesday to explore their careers and the drama that led to Katherine being labeled “difficult” and “unprofessional” in Hollywood.
As you may recall, the actress was upset after criticizing her own film pregnant in 2007. At the time, she said it was “a little sexist” and that the women in the film were “humorless and uptight.” She further complained about the 17-hour work day she had to work Grays before retiring her name emmy She was considered in 2008 because she felt she “wasn’t given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination.”
Last year, Ellen broke her silence and ended up supporting her co-star on an episode of her podcast Tell me with Ellen PompeoHe noted that they had “crazy hours” and if Katherine “had said that today, she would have been an absolute hero.” But her support came too late. In 2010, Katherine had had enough and quit medical drama after starring as original character Izzie Stevens for the first six seasons.
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As we all know, Ellen ran the show up until this season, when she decided to take a step back as Meredith Gray — though she says she’ll still be in a much smaller role next season! This is the first time in years that the women have sat down to rehash their entire story – and the conversation didn’t disappoint!
The Firefly Lane Reflecting on her controversial past, the star said:
“I was so naive. I got on my soapbox and had a few things to say and I felt really excited about this thing. I felt really strong. I felt so strong that I also pulled out a megaphone on my soap box. There was no part of me that imagined a bad reaction. I felt like I was really justified in what I thought about it and where I came from.”
“It took me a minute to really stop being a victim because of the reaction I got and because I tuned out all the noise.”
The 27 dresses Alum continued:
“I’ve spent most of my life — I think most women do — in that philanthropic attitude. It’s really unsettling when you feel like you’re really dissatisfied with everyone. It wasn’t my intention to do that, but I had something to say and I didn’t expect to get such a strong reaction. I was in my late 20s.”
It wasn’t until she was “mid to late 30s” that Katherine was able to “really tune out all the noise again” and ask herself:
“But who are you? Are you that bad person? Are you ungrateful? Are you unprofessional? Are you difficult? Because I was confused! I thought maybe I was. I literally believed that version, embarrassed myself for so long and had to then say, ‘Wait.’ Who am I listening to? I don’t even listen to myself. I know who I am.'”
Ellen then joked that her former co-star was “just a little early” because she could have had her “own megaphone” if she’d only waited until then Twitter came out. Very right! Everyone grumbles about everything these days!
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The TV star then pointed out that one reason Katherine was so angry was because “nobody likes a super confident woman,” citing that “they’re taking away their reproductive rights and voting rights across the country, because they don’t want women.” to find their strength.” She elaborated:
“They don’t want women to have a voice. They don’t want women to be in control because they know we can do better than them.”
“I think for me, 40 was just freedom because I didn’t have to be the young, sweet, naïve, philanthropic Ingénue anymore. I had outgrown it.”
Ellen then teased:
“I don’t know about the ‘sweet’ part. I wouldn’t call you cute. And that’s what people had a problem with. Sweet, they can handle it.”
hah! The 53-year-old also pointed this out life as we know it The leading actress grew up as a child actress, meaning she “grew up on sets being told what to do, where to go, what to say, how to feel, what to think, what to eat, when to eat and… when to sleep. ” The Roswell Alum had an interesting take on this, noting:
“It made life easier. But then you get older and you’re expected to make decisions for yourself. Then Grays Hit, and success came. I think that gave me this confidence that was a false confidence. It was rooted in something that couldn’t always last for me and maybe didn’t want to last. Then I got really loud because I had a lot to say and there were certain boundaries and things that I wasn’t okay with crossing. I didn’t know how to fight it.”
Elsewhere in the chat, Ellen spoke about the iconic “choose me, choose me, love me” scene she shot with Patrick Dempsey (aka Dr. Derek Shepherd) in season two when she tries to convince him to choose her over Addison Montgomery. When asked if there’s any dialogue that people constantly quote her, Ellen recalled:
“Well, okay, this is a real thing. My daughter and her friends are sitting around and they’re like, ‘Oh, she’s a pick me girl.’
Katherine was shocked and said:
“Oh dear God! Is that what it means?”
“Yeah. I’m like, ‘What’s a pick-me girl?’ They were like, ‘You know, girls who say, ‘Pick me, pick me!’ And I’m like, ‘Hello?!'” You know , who invented the “pick me girl”?
She then unearthed some behind-the-scenes secrets:
“Listen, I don’t know if you remember that I fought so hard against that speech. That’s another really interesting thing in life – some things I was so against and I thought, ‘I can’t beg a man on TV!’ This is so embarrassing.’ And then it turns out to be one of the most famous scenes ever.”
We can’t imagine Grays without this scene!!
It’s honestly so nice to hear the ladies remembering it so positively despite all the drama. Hear the rest of their conversation (below)!
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