Katherine Heigl, the latest addition to the Jackass franchise, and a newly minted member of the Pajiba Axis of Evil, was confronted about her image problem in an interview yesterday, being asked to respond to a NYTimes profile, an article that did as good a job at humanizing Heigl as anything I’ve seen written about her. Ms. Heigl actually managed to muster a response that was gracious; she answered honestly, and without being abrasive or defensive.
If it were only her public personae that were the problem, more of the candid honesty she displayed in the interview could probably help turn it around. Unfortunately for Heigl, there’s still the question of her movie roles, which Courtney explored yesterday. Perception is as much about movie roles as it is about public comments, and for Heigl, the two don’t align very well. Jackass 3: Life As We Know It is not going to help, though her next role — next July’s One for the Money, where Heigl plays bounty hunter Stephanie Plum in a movie based on a Janet Evanovich novel — might. At this point, however, that image of hers has been concretized for the near future. Some time off, and a supporting role in a couple of indie flicks might help, though I still remain skeptical of her actressin’ talents, notwithstanding her “Grey’s Anatomy” Emmy. The Pajiba Axis of Evil is only a few days old, but more of the above, and some good, decent movie parts, and who knows? She could be the first to be removed from and Axis.