Katherine Heigl faced an ugly truth when she became a mother in 2009. A series regular on Grey's Anatomy at the time, the actress found it difficult to maintain any kind of work-life balance, and soon grew resentful of her hectic schedule.
"I would come home angry and frustrated that I'd missed everything with my kid that day," Heigl, 35, told Good Housekeeping of being a working mom after she and husband Josh Kelley adopted daughter Naleigh, now 5. "I didn't get to wake her up from her nap, or do bath time or bedtime. I'd have to sneak into her room and kiss her when she was sleeping, hoping not to wake her up."
Something had to go—and it wasn't her baby girl. "I felt like my priorities were messed up," the State of Affairs star admitted. "I was putting so much time and energy into just my work, but I was raised [to believe] that family comes first."
Heigl wanted her kids to grow up the way she had grown up; she even adopted Naleigh from South Korea because her parents had adopted her big sister Meg from there. "My family had its own unique look," she explained to Good Housekeeping. "And I wanted the one I began with my husband to have the same look, in a way."
Boy rewriting history much? The timeline was she went on maternity leave but refused to come back after (remember Grey's was starting on the major Alex/Izzie storyline when they had to change course and abruptly end it). That's when Shonda and Co. negotiated the release of her contract. She turned around and gave us that awful Josh Duhamel movie and then made that awful Stephanie Plum movie.
Uh huh, you left because of your kid - not. You were angry that Grey's was holding you back from movie stardom. I really wish she would shut up because in order to show Hollywood you are a team player you should just stop doing this kind of press! It's coming out all wrong.