When Katherine Heigl left ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ in 2010, the rumors started swirling that she was ‘difficult’ to work with — and over the years they just got worse; now, the actress is revealing how hurt she really was after the departure… and how it led her to therapy.
Everyone knows that Katherine Heigl and Shonda Rimes had some beef after the star took her name of the Emmys ballad for her role in Grey’s Anatomy; in a new interview, Katherine revealed that she actually did apologize to Shonda afterward — but then a few years later when Shonda spoke about how Scandal ran so smoothly — “there are no Heigls,” Katherine was really hurt.
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“I didn’t feel good about my performance and there was a part of me that thought, because I had won the year before, that I needed juicy, dramatic, emotional material,” Heigl told Stern on Wednesday about why she removed her name. So afterward, she did go and apologize to Shonda to clear the air. “I was really embarrassed. So I went in to Shonda and said, ‘I’m so sorry. That wasn’t cool. I should not have said that’…I shouldn’t have said anything publicly but at the time, I didn’t think anybody would notice.”
However, in 2014 it came back up when Shonda said slammed her in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. With that, and all the negativity she received from the media, she decided to go to therapy. “I had never done therapy until a couple years ago. I started going because of the [pauses] scrutiny. I was not handling it well,” she said. “I was feeling completely like the biggest piece of sh-t on the bottom of your shoe. I was really struggling with it and how to not take it all personally and not to feel that there’s something really deeply wrong with me.”
She revealed that a friend recommended a good therapist, and it “ended up being absolutely wonderful and just my speed.” She also added that she’s only gone “about five times,” but it’s really helped her.
Listen to the full interview below: