Seth Rogen Talks Feeling "Betrayed" After Katherine Heigl's 'Knocked Up' Comments
"I respect the fact that perhaps she realizes that it has hurt her career, and I don't want that to have happened to her at all because I've said a thousand stupid things and I really like her."
Appearing on Howard Stern's SiriusXM radio show, Seth Rogen weighed in on Katherine Heigl's comments about their 2007 film Knocked Up.
In a 2008 Vanity Fair interview, Heigl called the movie "a little sexist" and criticized her portrayal in the film. Rogen and writer-director Judd Apatow were not pleased and responded in kind, which left unresolved tension among the group. Recently Heigl told Stern she regrets calling out Apatow and Rogen, saying she just didn't like how her character came across.
On Monday, Rogen said that as "an egomaniac" he was hurt by Heigl's criticism, because he had really enjoyed working with her on the film.
"As we were making the movie, honestly, I was like, ‘I would make a dozen movies with her,'" said Rogen, positing that he was ready to be "whatever the shitty version of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan is" since he and Heigl had such a great dynamic.
"People seemed to like it," he said. "We were funny together. I was having a really good time, and then when I heard afterward that she didn’t like it, that she seemed to not like the process, and she did not like the end product either, I think when that happens — also your trust feels somewhat betrayed."
The actor said he felt like those working on the film had a "very open process," adding, "We’re like, ‘You have the ability to say anything at any moment. I don’t like this scene. I don’t like how I’m coming across here.'"
Nevertheless, Rogen said he doesn't hold a grudge against Heigl. Rogen explained that an awkward encounter they had when she saw him at a dinner was the result of him being confused that she acted like everything was normal, since he thought she hated him.
He sympathizes with Heigl and said that her comments shouldn't have been held against her or affected her career.
"I respect the fact that perhaps she realizes that it has hurt her career, and I don't want that to have happened to her at all because I've said a thousand stupid things and I really like her," said Rogen. "The only people who in this situation should in any way take anything from it is me and Judd because we're the ones she was talking about. For other people to not work with her because she didn't like her experience with us is — I think is crazy."
Still, neither Rogen nor Apatow has heard from Heigl personally, with Rogen telling Stern, "When I apologize to people, generally I don't take a public forum to do it."