Katherine Heigl has admitted that she overdid it with the romcoms before taking a break from Hollywood.

The 27 Dresses star is known for her roles in the comedies, but in an interview with Marie Claire said she had taken some time out to rethink what she wanted to sign up to.

She said: "I had an amazing time. I love romantic comedies. But maybe I hit it a little too hard. 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.

"That was part of why I took that time off, to ask myself, 'What do I want? What am I looking for?' and shut down all the noise."

Knocked Up star Katherine spent time away from the acting industry at a ranch in Utah to reconsider her options and said of the Hollywood world of acting and fame: "The thing that was my best friend for a long time suddenly turned on me. And I didn't expect it. I was taken by surprise and angry at it for betraying me."

She continued: "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."

Katherine is set to return to the small screen this year, starring in US political drama State Of Affairs, and is also an executive producer on the show.

She said of her comeback: "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. I feel like I'm finally rolling into the next phase of my adulthood."

:: To read the feature in full, see the August issue of Marie Claire, out today (July 1) and also available as a digital version through Apple Newsstand.