While presenting her new series, “State of Affairs,” to TV critics this week in Los Angeles, Katherine Heigl was asked point blank about those pesky reports that she’s “difficult to work with.”
Katie, don’t do it! It’s a trap! There is no good way to answer this! Oh drat, here we go: “I can only say that I don’t see myself as being difficult and I don’t intend to be difficult,” she responded. “I think it’s always important to everybody to conduct themselves professionally and respectfully and kindly. So if I have ever disappointed somebody, it was never intentional.”
Here’s the problem, Katie. All anyone takes away from that answer is, “I don’t see myself as being difficult,” which just makes you sound more difficult but also now a bit affronted. This kind of public image nightmare you’ve had going on for a while now is like quicksand. The more you struggle, the worse it gets. No matter what you say about your reputation of being difficult, it will only reinforce people’s idea that you’re difficult. I don’t necessarily know what the answer is. Maybe you should be more of a klutz in public or get a new puppy or something. Or just, you know, stop talking.