Grey's Anatomy's Katherine Heigl has words of caution for Isaiah Washington, the actor star who brought scandal to the set last year after referring to their costar, T.R. Knight, as a "f-ggot." Twice. Essentially forcing him out of the closet.
In a new interview with USA Today, Katherine Heigl discusses the fallout from the feud and whether she thinks Washington (whose character is now hanging in the balance after last week's season finale) should return to work next season.
The actress, who's new film, Knocked Up, opens June 1, also opens up about her own past pregnancy scares and her hopes to adopt a child one day.
Q: Ever thought you were knocked up?
A: "No, I've never had a real pregnancy scare. I've had paranoid panic attacks. I've always been very, very careful because for me, it's not something I'd want to have just happen. I would like it to be planned. But there have been those moments where, if I'm just even half a day late, I'm like, ' What's going on?? Noooo!'"
THG NOTE: Britney Spears knows the feeling well.
Q: Your Knocked Up character has a truly gruesome birthing scene. And you were in the delivery room with your older sister, Meg. That at all impact your decision to have kids of your own?
A: "Oh, yeah. I've always planned to adopt anyway, but that definitely reinforced my want to. I'm done with the whole idea of having my own children. (It) doesn't seem like any fun. I don't think it's necessary to go through all of that."
Q: What has been the fallout of all the drama over that homophobic slur used by Isaiah Washington and you coming to the defense of T.R. Knight?
A: "I was ultimately grateful that it opened up a dialogue. To me, I wasn't making a political stand. I was making a stand about hurting people's feelings. It's very simple in my mind. You do not actively seek to hurt other people's feelings. I don't care what their sexual orientation, race or gender. You don't do that. We are all human beings, part of the human race, and we need to be compassionate and giving and kind with one another. Enough with the Michael Richards. Enough with the Mel Gibson. Enough with this. It's disgusting. The world is still very bigoted. Go see Borat. I didn't laugh during that movie. I cried. I was horrified."
Q: What do you think of Washington's PSA?
A: "What PSA?"
A: "Oh, he did? Oh, that was nice. To me, I don't live this every day the way both T.R. and Isaiah have to do. I think it's their journey and their burden. I don't see Isaiah that much and don't have as many scenes with him, so I don't know what he's going through personally right now. I know that he was very ashamed and that was a necessary emotion to move forward and not backward. His attitude and behavior and thought process needed to change, and the only way to do that is to be self-aware and honest. And I think he was. I have forgiven."
Q: Do you hope to return to work with both T.R. and Isaiah Washington?
A: "I do. I think Isaiah very much values his job and his character, and he takes it all very seriously and he's very passionate about it. I'd hate to see him lose that, although I do think two strikes and you're out."
Q: He did already hit two strikes, with two separate uses of the slur.
A: "There's been two. So if there's a third... you know. And T.R., that would be so stupid if he was written off Greys Anatomy. He's such a huge part of the show."