The actress, who met with the press Sunday to promote her new NBC drama State of Affairs, found herself having to defend the perception that she's not always a team player on TV and movie sets.
"I certainly don't see myself as being difficult. I would never intend to be difficult," the former Grey's Anatomy star, 35, told reporters in Beverly Hills, California. "If I ever disappointed somebody, it was never intentional."
At least she will have a familiar shoulder to cry on if the going ever gets tough on her new drama: Heigl's mom/manager Nancy is making her first foray into TV as one of the drama's executive producers.
Heigl and her mother both spoke about the series, which focuses on a CIA analyst who counsels the U.S. president, played by Alfre Woodard.
"I am her mother for sure. Of course I care about [Katherine]," Nancy Heigl told the reporters. "I'm just learning about executive producing from those who really know. I'm a newcomer. It's been interesting."
Her daughter had a pithy response for anyone who questioned what her mom would bring to the table. "She'll bake us cookies," Heigl quipped.