It took a controversy to be reminded that actress Katherine Heigl has some Buffalo roots.
Heigl was criticized on social media for being insensitive for posing for photos with her relatives’ headstones at a Buffalo cemetery.
Her late brother, Jason Heigl, who died in a 1986 car accident, and her grandparents reportedly are buried at Forest Lawn.
Heigl, who is best known for her starring role in "Grey's Anatomy" before starting a movie career and then returning to star in a couple of failed television series, admitted she made a mistake.
“I'm in a car driving home from my family time in Buffalo and I noticed on my Instagram page that the post I posted earlier was getting a lot of reaction, and I realized you guys are right,” she said in a video post that appeared Sunday on Instagram. “That was not appropriate and it was disrespectful and I’ve taken it down.”
Heigl agreed with a critic that she was “trying to make a hard moment lighthearted.”
“It’s kind of a heavy thing to go and visit my loved ones’ graves, and I decided to try find some moments of levity and humor and didn’t realize how inappropriate I was being,” she continued. “I deeply apologize and I thank you guys for understanding that sometimes I don’t think things through clearly enough and I am grateful for your input and for giving me a heads up when I’m maybe going too far. And thank you for forgiving me. Next time I will be more thoughtful about other people’s feelings and not just my own.”