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STATE OF AFFAIRS -- "Pilot" -- Pictured: Katherine Heigl as Charleston Tucker -- (Photo by: Michael Parmelee/NBC)
Katherine Heigl
was backed into a corner while promoting her new NBC drama “State of Affairs.”

But like her new character, a tough presidential staffer, she knows how to handle herself in a tough situation.

According to E! News, the “Grey’s Anatomy” alum was asked at a panel how she feels about her reputation and that of her mother, who is also her manager.

 “I can only say that I certainly don’t see myself as being difficult and I don’t intend to be difficult. I don’t think my mother sees herself as being difficult,” she said (via E!). “I think it’s always important to everybody to conduct themselves professionally and respectfully and kindly. So if I have ever disappointed somebody, it was never intentional.”

Heigl was criticized for her complaints in the past about her writing on both “Grey’s” and Judd Apatow’s “Knocked Up.” On her new series, she is an executive producer role, which should surely help.

“I can have input and I can have ideas and the beauty is that people listen to me now, and they consider what I have to say,” she told E! “And it doesn’t always work, and I’m often wrong but it’s really nice to be able to have the opportunity…”

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