Katherine and husband Josh had dinner at “Le Jules Verne” Restaurant in Paris on January, 28th.
Katherine grins at photographers as she arrives at an office building on Wednesday (January 25) in New York City.
New York, NY (PRWEB) January 27, 2012
Longtime supporters of animal rights, daytime host and bestselling author Rachael Ray, and actress Katherine Heigl, are joining forces to address the pet overpopulation crisis.
Today, Katherine will appear on the syndicated “Rachael Ray” show to announce that Rachael has pledged $150,000 in proceeds from the sale of her Nutrish® line of super premium pet food to Katherine’s animal charity, theJason Debus Heigl Foundation (JDHF), $75,000 of which will be donated to JDHF in the 4th quarter of 2012. One hundred percent of Rachael’s proceeds from the sale of all the Nutrish product lines are donated to charities and shelters that support animal welfare and humane education causes similar to the JDHF. JDHF will use 100% of the donation to fund spay/neuter initiatives directly aimed at reducing the number of unwanted, yet highly adoptable and loving, pets abandoned or relinquished to municipal shelters and subsequently euthanized.
“I’m thrilled to have a passionate friend like Katherine to help animals in need,” said Rachael. “There are so many pets that have no one to love them and I am very excited that together we can donate our celebrity to give these animals a voice, a home and a healthy life.”
The donation will be crucial in helping the JDHF continue its mission of eliminating the needless suffering inflicted on animals by human cruelty, indifference and ignorance.
“We are very grateful for Rachael Ray’s donation in support of this important cause and excited for our partnership with Rachael Ray that is sure to give greater exposure to this crisis”, stated Katherine Heigl. “The Foundation’s effective programs and our shared compassion will provide a dynamic combination to help save countless lives and lend a voice to voiceless and forgotten pets in dire need of our help.”
Katherine and her mother, Nancy, founded the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation in 2008 with a desire to work with compassionate and like-minded individuals and organizations to put an end to pet overpopulation, animal cruelty and abuse. Katherine has recently gone to great lengths to promote JDHF and in December 2011 partnered with Funny or Die to launch an innovative campaign called ‘I Hate Balls’ (http://ihateballs.com) – an edgy campaign with a mission of raising awareness about the immediate need for spay/neuter of companion pets, a simple and extremely effective means to curtail the number of adoptable pets entering public shelters and subsequently killed.
Always an animal lover and advocate, Rachael decided in 2008 to partner with Ainsworth Pet Nutrition® to create a super premium line of pet foods and treats called Rachael Ray Nutrish® as a way to continuously fund programs that help animals in need. She personally donates 100% of her proceeds from the sale of Nutrish to shelters and organizations that provide food, medical supplies and treatments for needy animals. She also created “Rachael’s Rescue” a website that highlights organizations that are dedicated to helping animals in need. To date, Rachael has donated close to $3 million in cash to organizations ranging from the ASPCA and the North Shore Animal League to Mighty Mutts and Bad Rap.
Katherine and her mom visited a Nails Salon in NYC on January, 27th.
Katherine Heigl chats with Rachael Ray – interview aired January 27th – about her daughter, her new movie (One For the Money), and learning to use a gun! The celebrity mom shared:
Katherine on daughter Naleigh:
“She’s a bit of a ham, she’s a bit of a ham, yeah. And she loves music, and she loves to sing, so who knows, you know, Josh and I are going to do a little tug-of-war over who she’s going to emulate.”
On her biggest regret in life:
“You know what I’ll say and it’s my greatest regret is the first time I ever picked up a cigarette. It is my greatest regret, I wish I would have never, never done that, and I was 25 and I made it all the way through high school through my early 20s. I don’t know what I was thinking it’s just been something I had to fight ever since. Addiction sucks.”
On using a gun:
“It was weirdly oddly satisfying and I don’t know what that says about me. I was terrified, because they made us go to a gun range, and I was like really it’s just fake. We’re playing fake guns we don’t need to learn how to shoot. And they put this loaded gun in your hand and give you a 30 minute shpeal about everything that can go wrong. And then your like I don’t want to do this.and then you aim and shoot and your like ‘oh I do like to do this.’ Its satisfying, its really fun.”
Katherine on who has more fun, blondes or brunettes?:
“I don’t know, I think that the brunette actually surprises people more so I get more second glances with the brunette. And I feel more sort of elegant as a brunette, I feel more refined or something. I feel like a cheerleader when I’m blonde.
Katherine talks about how much she loves the food in restaurants and how she rewards herself after finishing a movie.
Katherine Heigl has admitted she is “a foodie”.
The stunning actress loves eating out and doesn’t always follow a strict diet. Katherine admitted that while she works hard to stay in shape, she allows herself to relax between projects.
“New York has the best restaurants. I work hard and look forward to those short times you can enjoy life. I’m a foodie. I love to eat in such great restaurants,” she told US publication New York Post.
“And who can watch every single thing you eat? Who can do salads all the time? You’re just best off with portion control.”
Katherine also revealed she likes to reward herself for her hard work.
The mother-of-one said that when she finishes shooting a film, she goes on a retail spree.
“After a movie wraps, I treat myself. I shop. Always shop. I’m a shopper. I shop for purses, shoes, jewellery,” she laughed.
“My mother says you’re either a purse person or a shoe person. I don’t know . . . me, I’m a shopping person. I’m now not allowed to even approach [New York department store] Bergdorfs.”
Katherine did an interview with the Toronto Sun about her role as Stephanie Plum.
A lot of Stephanie Plum fans are worried about their favourite fictitious bounty hunter jumping from the page to the silver screen.
Chief among the worriers is Katherine Heigl, who just so happens to be playing Stephanie Plum in One For The Money, a film based on the first of Janet Evanovich’s bestselling novels. The film, which Heigl also produced, opens Friday.
Playing the beloved heroine, “Is very nerve-wracking!” says Heigl, over the phone from New York, “because I became a big fan of Janet’s, and it was in me not to disappoint her, or her fans, or myself! Because I’ve become such a big fan of the books. You never know how people are imagining Stephanie, but I feel we’ve done the characters and the story justice.”
Heigl, 33, grew up in New Canaan, Conn., the youngest of five children. Her family was devastated by the death of her older brother Jason, who was killed in a car accident at 15; as Heigl has said in the past, this changed the family dynamic forever.
Heigl became a model and actress when she was still a child, and she was in her first movie, That Night, by the time she was 14.
Being a child actor and model, she says, was a great experience. “I know that always surprises people because you assume it’s a lot to ask a kid, to be a professional at such a young age, but for some reason it just suited me, and I had a knack for it. I had a knack for memorizing quickly, I could take direction, and the mechanical aspect of it just worked for me. It was my thing,” she says, “and it gave me a sense of purpose.”
And a working childhood, says Heigl, was still totally normal. “I’m blessed and happy and secure and I don’t have any Toddlers & Tiaras nightmares, or anything,” she says, laughing.
The actress made her TV series debut at age 20 (in Roswell), made a few more forgettable movies and then found herself, in 2005, on the most successful TV medical drama since ER. Grey’s Anatomy made Heigl an overnight success, not counting the 15 years it took her to get there. The actresses’ movie career since then has made her a queen bee of the romantic comedy genre, though she’s had some misses in there (Killers; The Ugly Truth) among the hits. She has done big box office in such crowd pleasers as Knocked Up, 27 Dresses and Life As We Know It; The Big Wedding, a comedy about a family event that stars Diane Keaton and Robert De Niro, is up next. Heigl has several other films in development.
She loves her work, “And being able to do something I’m driven and passionate about,” but says she has a wider perspective now, courtesy of motherhood.
The passionate animal activist and her musician husband Josh Kelley have a three-year-old daughter, Naleigh, and their lives have changed focus. “I’m trying to define it for myself,” says Heigl, who is currently a celebrity blogger on iVillage, where she writes about balancing work and motherhood.
“There’s this safety, this groundedness in it, in being a wife and a mother, and those moments that are so gratifying, frustrating and joyful, they put the work in perspective. Before, I put everything on the work.”
She continues, “I said to my husband, when we talked about starting a family, “I’m tired of everything being about me. I want to make it about someone else now. I’ve focused on my career long enough. Now I want to broaden my scope for love and joy and laughter and everything in between.”