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Actress Katherine Heigl grilled about being a diva

State Of Affairs star Katherine Heigl questioned over "difficult" reputation and mum's role as executive producer on new show

Published on Jul 16, 2014 11:14 AM

It is not often that you see anyone being grilled by the press in Hollywood, where stars are, more often than not, fawned over as they promote their television shows and movies.

So when it does happen, it is a thing to behold, as Life! discovered on Sunday at an exquisitely awkward press conference for Katherine Heigl to promote her new TV series, State Of Affairs.

Speaking to a gathering of TV critics and reporters in Beverly Hills, the one-time star of medical drama Grey's Anatomy (2005-2010) and movies such as Knocked Up (2007) squirmed as she was quizzed repeatedly over her reputation for being difficult to work with. Her mother and manager Nancy Heigl, meanwhile, was interrogated about her role behind the scenes on her daughter's new series.

The questions were referring to reports such as last year's expose by The Hollywood Reporter magazine, in which industry insiders spoke of foul-mouthed tirades from an overbearing stage mother and diva-like demands from both Heigls, suggesting this was a major reason the actress' once promising career tanked.

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"I would never intend to be difficult. I don't think my mother sees herself as being difficult. I think it's important for everybody to conduct themselves professionally, respectfully and kindly."

Katherine Heigl at the press conference to promote State Of Affairs, where she defended herself and her mother Nancy