Katherine Heigl On Leaving Grey’s Anatomy


“I let my mind run rampant without the tools to properly manage that.”

You know Katherine Heigl.


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In a new interview with People, the actor opened up more about her decision to leave Grey’s, which she did mid-season in 2010.


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Before Heigl left Grey’s, she publicly withdrew herself from consideration for the 2008 Emmys because she “did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant” a nomination. She won an Emmy the previous year.

“I know there’s a better way to deal with those things than I did,” she said. “I could have handled it with more grace.”


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While Heigl maintained that leaving Grey’s was “the right thing for me and for my family,” she also expressed regret for “the heightened drama I was feeling at that time.”


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“If I’d known anything about meditation then, or had been talking to a therapist or someone to help me through some of the fear that I was steeped in, I think I would have been more calm in how I approached what boundaries I needed to create to thrive.”


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“I certainly regret not learning earlier how to manage my anxiety better,” she continued. “Living at that heightened level of anxiety…created a defensiveness in me and wariness and assuming that people were against me. I let my mind run rampant without the tools to properly manage that.”


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Heigl also said that, over the last five years, she’s been focused on “learning how to manage [her] anxiety and to control [her] own thoughts.” “Not managing stress leads to not dealing with negativity or frustration or disappointment in the proper way,” she added.


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“Something else that experience taught me is that no matter how big an opportunity or how rewarding something is, there will be moments of struggle,” she said.


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“There will be difficulties and disappointment and miscommunications, but you must learn how to manage those with grace instead of fear.”


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