At one point, Katherine Heigl was red-hot in Hollywood.
Looking back, however, she admitted she may have done one too many romantic comedies after her star-making turn in "Grey's Anatomy."
"I had an amazing time. I love romantic comedies. But maybe I hit it a little too hard," she told Marie Claire UK. "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."
So, Heigl, 35, decided to take some time off and focus on her family and herself. As she and her husband Josh Kelley retreated to a farm in Utah with their two young daughters, the "Knocked Up" actress finally felt able to "shut down all the noise."
"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," she admitted. "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."
Instead, she decided to return to Hollywood. Now working on the new series "State of Affairs," Heigl, who is also a producer on the show, feels that she has turned a page.
“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."