Not that long ago, Katherine Heigl was everywhere you looked.
She was one of Hollywood’s biggest up and coming actresses, appearing in hit films including King of the Hill, Knocked Up, and 27 Dresses.
But it was her breakout role in Grey’s Anatomy as Dr Izzie Stevens that really skyrocketed Heigl’s success. From the show’s launch in 2005, all the way through to her Emmy award for Best Supporting Actress in 2007, the now 40-year-old appeared to have the world at her feet.
But in 2008, when she was a shoo-in to win her second Emmy, she did something no one saw coming.
She released a statement claiming that the material written for her character in the show’s fourth season did not warrant a nomination for the award, and for that reason, she was pulling out of the running.
“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 organisation, I withdrew my name from contention,” she said.
“In addition, I did not want to potentially take away an opportunity from an actress who was given such materials.”
Heads turned to the showrunner and creator, Shonda Rhimes for a response, but she remained relatively quiet at the time.
Two years later though, in an interview with Oprah, she said: “On some level it stung and on some level I was not surprised. When people show you who they are, believe them. I carry that [mantra] with me a lot. It has served me well.”
Throughout 2008 and 2009, Heigl remained on the show but rumours circulated that she was behaving like a ‘diva’ and that her character was going to be killed off.
Meanwhile, Heigl had managed to anger Knocked Up director Judd Apatow with comments she made to Vanity Fair while promoting the movie.
"It (Knocked Up) paints the women as shrews, as humourless and uptight, and it paints the men as loveable, 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… It was hard for me to love the movie."