says cast mate Isaiah Washington apologized to her on the
set of Grey's Anatomy after she publicly
denounced his use of an antigay slur.
me, which I didn't understand,'' the 28-year-old actress
tells Entertainment Weekly. ''He was almost
grateful. I don't know Isaiah well, but he takes his work
seriously and he loves his character.''
under fire for using the epithet at the Golden Globe
Awards in January while denying he had used it previously
against fellow Grey's star T.R. Knight.
acknowledged he is gay in a People magazine interview
after Washington uttered the antigay slur on the set
of their ABC series last October.
Heigl, who plays
outspoken Dr. Izzie Stevens on the hit ABC medical
drama, says she was ''furious and frustrated'' at the time,
so she leapt to Knight's defense.
''He made a big
mistake, and it was thoughtless and boneheaded, and I
think he's very sorry and embarrassed,'' she says in the
magazine's Friday issue. ''This is something that will
have changed the scope of his life.''
Heigl, who stars
in the new Judd Apatow-directed comedy Knocked
Up, speaks out in the interview, too, about her
protracted contract negotiations with ABC. The bottom
line, she says, is that she wants ''the same respect
they're showing the other actors.''
And she says she
does not like the label that seems to go along with a
woman who stands up for what she wants.
''In this town,
women who don't just snap and say, 'OK, yes sir, yes
ma'am,' start to get a reputation for being difficult,'' she
says. ''But within the last five years, I've decided
it's not worth it to me to be pushed around so much.''
Heigl, who calls
the 2004 romance film The Notebook starring
Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams one of her ''all-time
favorite movies,'' says she would rather laugh than get too
serious when it comes to movie roles.
''I just want to
play happy people,'' she says. ''I'm a commercial kind
of gal, and yeah, I would love to do a Monster, but I
don't have any grand aspirations to do my Academy
Award-winning movie. I love Kate Winslet, but I know
I couldn't have her career.'' (AP)