Katherine Heigl recently did a feature with Good Housekeeping, which framed the actress as a mother who loved to spend time on her ranch in Utah while taking care of her two children Nancy Leigh “Naleigh” and Adalaide. Although the profile did accomplish creating a softer image for Heigl, it did provide one huge loophole in Heigl’s narrative.
When Heigl graced the cover of Good Housekeeping talking about what kept her away from television for so long, all of the quotes released didn’t leave any room for the actress to explain how she plans to make her new show State of Affairs work if it really takes off at NBC.
As we reported, Heigl opened up about why she left the popular hit series Grey’s Anatomy. According to the homemaker and pet activist, she had her priorities all mixed up and missed out on the daily activities of motherhood. Of her 2010 departure from the show, Heigl said:
“I would come home angry and frustrated that I’d missed everything with my kid that day.”
She continued to explain her daily frustrations of being a busy actress and a mother:
“I didn’t get to wake her up from her nap, or do bath time or bedtime. I’d have to sneak into her room and kiss her when she was sleeping, hoping not to wake her up. I was putting so much time and energy into just my work, but I was raised [to believe] that family comes first.”
Her transition into moving from Los Angeles to be a full-time mother in Utah made sense. When it was announced earlier in the year that Heigl was starring and executive producing her own television series on NBC, now titled State of Affairs, ears perked up and eyebrows were raised.
Was the actress making the move with her husband back to Los Angeles? How was someone who seemingly was so uninvolved with Hollywood for years going to make a comeback? When the actress gave a few exclusive interviews and attended a few press junkets, no one really asked how State of Affairs would be different or if she was anticipating on balancing motherhood with being a star of her own show. Keep in mind that when Heigl had enough of Grey’s Anatomy, she was one piece of an ensemble. Leading a show is a whole other ball game.
While Katherine claims that Utah is an easy commute to Los Angeles without any traffic, the feature doesn’t seem to go into how she’s plans to balance her priorities that were so “messed up” when she was in demand as a television show actress turned rom-com queen.
Even if Heigl doesn’t want to publicly recognize this, the fact of that matter is, if she wants State of Affairs to succeed, she may have to get a bit dirty.
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