Katherine Heigl makes her long-awaited return to TV after her controversial exit from ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ but will ‘State Of Affairs’ be her big comeback? The actress spoke to HollywoodLife.com and told us why her series is the best new show on television.
Katherine Heigl, 35, stars as CIA analyst, Charleston “Charlie” Tucker, opposite Alfre Woodard, 62, (who plays the U.S. President) in NBC’s political espionage thriller, State of Affairs. The two have an unlikely connection, surrounding Charlie’s big secret, which makes for a “complicated” relationship, Katherine tells HollywoodLife.com.
‘State Of Affairs’: Katherine Heigl Returns To TV
“It’s a drama. It’s high level, high intensity, very powerful people,” Katherine tells HollywoodLife.com of her new series, State of Affairs, in which she plays a presidential advisor who is faced with making the country’s life or death decisions day-to-day.
One of the most talented and trusted analysts, Charlie (Katherine) and her CIA team help President Constance Payton (Alfre) protect the country, in the midst of international crises.
However, their relationship is arguably more complicated than the national decisions. Why? Charlie was engaged to the President’s son who was killed in a terrorist attack, which Charlie survived. That personal vendetta forces her to fight for justice more than ever.
“It’s complicated, but they’re very connected,” Katherine says. “And they have a lot of respect and love for one another so it’s kind of a great relationship. And it has to be, in a way, very close, because she puts so much of her faith in me to make sure that I’m providing her with the information that she needs to make huge decisions.”
Despite the “diva” headlines that Katherine has made since she reportedly came to a mutual agreement with Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes to leave the show, after drama on set, Alfre has nothing but great things to say about her costar. “We will give and take and lean on each other, the same way that the President and the Chief of Staff, and the CIA leans on each other.”
For those wondering if Katherine has changed over the years, the actress says playing an “honorable, patriotic woman” has boosted at least one trait within herself: “It made me feel more patriotic!”
State Of Affairs premieres Monday, Nov. 17 (10/9c) on NBC.
HollywoodLifers, will you be tuning into State of Affairs? Let us know.
— Elizabeth Wagmeister