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Katherine Heigl: Romantic comedies ruined my career

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Katherine Heigl was a rising star until she just disappeared from Hollywood. But she is back and she feels she learned a lot the first time around.

Katherine Heigl is not happy with her career. Once considered one of the hottest new stars in Hollywood, the actress feels she took a wrong turn in her career.

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"I had an amazing time. I love romantic comedies," she told Marie Claire UK, via ABC News. "But maybe I hit it a little too hard. I couldn't say no. I stopped challenging myself. It became a bit by rote and, as a creative person, that can wear you down."

Heigl's career hit a major speed bump when some people she had worked with called her "difficult to work with."

She said she felt betrayed by the career she was once so passionate about, and didn't know what to do. She explained, "The thing that was my best friend for a long time, [my career], suddenly turned on me and I didn't expect it. I was taken by surprise and angry at it for betraying me. I had a moment where, I don't know, I was thinking, 'Maybe open a knitting store, get my money out of retirement accounts and live off that, live off the land.' I had my moment where it all seemed so complicated and all I wanted to do was simplify."

Heigl didn't change careers, but she did take some time off. According to her, it was to "shut down all the noise." She decided to focus on spending time with her friends and family, including her husband, singer Josh Kelley, and their adopted daughters.

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The actress is now back in Hollywood, starring in and producing the new series, State of Affairs. She is happy to be back in Hollywood and feels like she is finally in control.

"There's a part of me that's a Hollywood animal as well. I can't wait to get into the writer's room and see how we do this," she said. "I feel like I'm finally rolling into the next phase of my adulthood."

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