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Katherine Heigl 'Can Cost You Time Every Single Day' On Set

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Katherine Heigl has developed a bit of a bad reputation in the movie industry, from slamming her 2007 breakout hit "Knocked Up" to railing on the writers on "Grey's Anatomy," the show that made her a star.

Now, The Hollywood Reporter has written a scathing article that divulges all of Heigl's shortcomings, most notably how incredibly difficult she can be to work with. One source from Heigl's 2010 film "Life As We Know It" is quoted as saying that the 34-year-old actress "can cost you time every single day of shooting...Wardrobe issues, not getting out of the trailer, questioning the script every single day."

Sources go on to say that she gets the bad behavior from her mother, Nancy Heigl, noting that the elder of the two Heigl women is nothing short of the worst kind of stage mom:

"I have never experienced anything like Nancy Heigl...It's about the mouth. 'F--- you. You are a f---ing liar.' … Whatever you'd say, you were an idiot. The call would be, 'This is the worst craft service we've ever had! There's nothing to eat! This is the worst wardrobe!' You knew that every day, you were going to get slammed.
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It does seem that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. In 2007, Heigl called "Knocked Up" "sexist" in a Vanity Fair interview:

"[the film is] a little sexist. It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys. It exaggerated the characters, and I had a hard time with it, on some days. I'm playing such a bitch; why is she being such a killjoy? Why is this how you're portraying women? Ninety-eight percent of the time it was an amazing experience, but it was hard for me to love the movie."

Heigl is now returning to television. EW reports that she's posed to star in a CIA drama, in which she'll play an "analyst who communicates directly with the president about world crises."

It appears she may be learning from past mistakes, though. The New York Daily News reports that in a statement, Heigl had this to say:

"The story is not only compelling and intelligent but a look behind the curtain at the CIA we haven't seen before in film or television...I am thrilled and honored to have been asked to be a part of developing these stories and this character and bringing it all to life."