Katherine Heigl is a lightning rod for controversy and you'll find a lot of people that dislike the 31-year-old movie star. Just ask Katherine Heigl herself.
Honestly has never been her problem. On the contrary, the former Grey's Anatomy actress' brash assessment of people and projects has alienated fans.
"It's something I've spent a lot of the past year really thinking about, really trying to figure out," she said of this image problem of her own making.
Katherine Heigl is hot ... and a little hot-headed.
The sexist nature of Knocked Up. The bad writing on Grey's. She calls it like she sees it, and has watched her popularity decline as a result of her rare candor.
Rather than hail her as a refreshing antidote to bland PR-trained celebrities, the public has dismissed her as a pouty, ungrateful diva. Why? It's all in the tone.
Now starring in Life As We Know It with Josh Duhamel, Heigl says from now on, she's aiming to be more careful about the things she says - in public, at least."I don't want to be the person digging my own grave," she told KTLA.
"I don't want to put myself out there in a way that would hinder this great thing I've got going. Because I'm really excited and grateful to kind of be in the position I'm in now and have the opportunity to be in movies like this - I don't want to jeopardize that."
Heigl's honest remarks about her image - try getting another star to admit she has issues - are ironically refreshing, as the attitude causes her problems.
The N.Y. Times observed the same thing, writing that she "unwittingly created her image problem" with remarks "not particularly scandalous that nevertheless spawned tabloid feeding frenzies, because she didn't just mouth promotional platitudes."
Heigl, naturally, is in full agreement.
"As he says in that article, you know, nothing I said was particularly scandalous," she says. "It just had a tone. And I think that's the most important thing that I've sort of learned as I get older and grow up a little bit and get a little less defensive."
"I don't feel like I have to defend myself so much. I can just let go of the tone and still say what I gotta say and be honest ... but maybe not so edgy."