Josh Duhamel Defends Former Female Co-Star Who Unfairly Got A ‘Bad Rap’

The 2000s — and the last decade’s post-feminism attitudes — wasn’t significantly a good time to be a lady.

Living proof: low-rise denims … and, effectively, being Katherine Heigl.

But, Josh Duhamel, who co-starred with Heigl in 2010’s “Life as We Know It” and 2011’s “New Year’s Eve,” spoke extremely of his co-star throughout an look on the “Chicks in the Office” podcast.

The “Shotgun Wedding” star was requested by the podcast’s hosts if he had a favourite on-screen kiss, or if he had significantly sturdy chemistry with any of his earlier co-stars.

In response, Duhamel considerably dodged the query and as a substitute spoke extremely of a few of his feminine co-stars, like Elisha Cuthbert (whom he labored with in 2022’s “Bandit”) and Kate Bosworth (whom he labored with in 2004’s “Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!”).

“Katie Heigl gets a bad rap, but she’s awesome,” Josh stated. “She’s great.”

“She probably said some things that she wishes she could’ve taken back,” he added. “But my experience … my on- or off-screen [experience] with her was awesome.”

Heigl’s tendency to talk actually and critically about a few of her widespread initiatives within the 2000s derailed her profession for a number of years, because of an onslaught of backlash tinged with the misogynist attitudes of the time.

Heigl first began to create waves in 2008 when she didn’t put her identify in for Emmy consideration for her work on “Grey’s Anatomy.”

“I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination and in an effort to maintain the integrity of the academy organization” she selected to not compete, she stated in a assertion on the time. ”As well as, I didn’t need to probably take away a chance from an actress who was given such supplies.”

Katherine Heigl as Dr. Izzie Stevens on “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Randy Holmes by way of Getty Photographs

In 2016, Heigl defined to Howard Stern that she initially didn’t assume anybody would discover that she quietly opted out of Emmy consideration, however felt compelled to make an announcement after journalists observed her omission. She informed the radio host that, as soon as the story blew up, she was “really embarrassed” and personally apologized to “Grey’s Anatomy” showrunner Shonda Rhimes.

Regardless of all this, Heigl was shortly labeled “ungrateful” and “difficult to work with” by the media, and subsequent tales about her forged her in a detrimental mild.

So, in 2008 when she dared to level out to Vainness Truthful how she felt her 2007 smash hit comedy “Knocked Up” was “a little sexist,” amid full-bloom cultural worship for the film’s creator, Judd Apatow, Heigl was shortly blacklisted from Hollywood altogether. Her co-star within the movie, Seth Rogen, even admitted in 2016 that he felt “betrayed” by her remarks.

But by at the moment’s requirements, Heigl’s criticism about “Knocked Up” appears fully legitimate.

“It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys,” Heigl informed Vainness Truthful in 2007. “It was hard for me to love the movie.”

In 2021, Heigl informed The Washington Put up that the backlash actually affected her psychological well being.

“I asked my mom and my husband to find me somewhere to go that could help me because I felt like I would rather be dead,” she stated. “I didn’t realize how much anxiety I was living with until I got so bad that I had to really seek help.”

“I may have said a couple of things you didn’t like, but then that escalated to ‘she’s ungrateful,’ then that escalated to ‘she’s difficult,’ and that escalated to ‘she’s unprofessional,’” she added. “What is your definition of difficult? Somebody with an opinion that you don’t like? Now, I’m 42, and that s**t pisses me off.”