Katherine Heigl Responds to Seth Rogen’s Comments About Her ‘Knocked Up’ Criticism


This is the end of the tension? Katherine Heigl took part in a panel for her new CBS drama, Doubt, at the Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles on Wednesday, August 10. Afterward, she opened up to Us Weekly about her Knocked Up costar Seth Rogen recently addressing her previous criticism of the 2007 Judd Apatow–directed comedy.

Heigl, 37, told Vanity Fair in 2008 that she wasn’t fond of how Knocked Up turned out, as it “paints the women as shrews” but makes the male characters “lovable.” She said at the time, “It was hard for me to love the movie.” Shortly after, both Apatow and Rogen pointed out that they didn’t appreciate her remarks.

Rogen, 34, was a guest on Howard Stern‘s SiriusXM show on Monday, August 8, where the This Is the End actor revealed he thought he and Heigl had a “great dynamic” in their scenes, so his trust was “somewhat betrayed” by her Vanity Fair interview. But he said he respects “the fact that perhaps she realizes that [the interview] hurt her career,” which he doesn’t want to “have happened to her at all. … I’ve said a thousand stupid things, and I really like her.” (Rogen also discussed Heigl’s feedback on Watch What Happens Live on Sunday, August 7.)

Heigl told Us on August 10 that she appreciated Rogen’s gracious comments and is hoping to put the snafu behind her.

“I think that he’s handled that so beautifully, and I just feel nothing but love and respect,” the Grey’s Anatomy alum said to Us. “And it was so long ago at this point, I just wish him so much goodness, and I felt that from him, too.”

Katherine Heigl and Seth Rogen
Katherine Heigl and Seth Rogen pose at the premiere of “Knocked Up” on May 21, 2007, in Los Angeles. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Back in April, Heigl was a guest on Stern’s show, where she said that criticizing the popular pregnancy-centric film was “an immature, dumb-ass moment.” She added, “[The interviewer] said, ‘You know a lot of women felt it was a little sexist.’ And I felt obligated to answer.”

Heigl also told Stern in April that she saw Rogen at a restaurant shortly after she made her incendiary remarks, and she got the impression that Rogen wasn’t pleased to see her. But he assured Stern on Monday this wasn’t the case: “Maybe I just have a worse poker face than I thought. In my head, it was not an unpleasant interaction.”

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Doubt costars Laverne Cox and premieres on CBS later this season.

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