Katherine Heigl phoned into On Air with Ryan Seacrest to talk her latest movie, The Nut Job, and moving to Utah with her family.
The 35-year-old actress — who recently joined social media account WhoSay — has been sharing pics of her adventures in Utah, including her adorable dog Gertrude who moonwalks for food!
“It’s so funny, she like crosses her two little front feet like such a princess, like such a lady,” Katherine laughs of her dog. And she has more animals than just little Gertrude. “We have a lot. She’s one of seven dogs and it’s a great place for them, we have 25 acres … and now we have nine horses, and 10 chickens and two pig, my goats and two mini horses and two donkeys.”
Another new animal Katherine’s gotten to know recently is a squirrel, which she plays in new animated flick The Nut Job.
“I’m really excited about it because it’s the first time I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of an animated movie,” Katherine reveals. “And with two small children all we do every night, especially in Utah because there’s not a lot to do, is watch animted movies with our daughters. Like, it’s our family time so I thought, ‘This is going to be great!’ I can actually sit down with my kids and watch one of mine … that was a big reason why I wanted to [do the film].”
Catch The Nut Job in theaters Friday, January 17.
You can listen to the interview here
Katherine was a guest on the Gottschalk Live show in Germany on February 6th. You can watch her appearance in the video below. Katherine’s interview begins at ca 15 min.
Katherine did an interview with Yahoo News.
Q: Were you a fan of Janet Evanovich’s books?
A: “I read the books when I was first approached about the project. The first one led to the second and by the time I got to the 10th, I was pretty hooked and obsessed. I just love Stephanie. She’s savvy, brave and has a big heart. Her perspective on life and people is sort of wacky, charming and fun. She’s got this great caustic sense of humor that I really responded to.”
Q: And action film is a bit different for you. What was the most difficult thing for you to learn while shooting the film?
A: “I was pretty bad with the handcuffs. I really wanted to master the art of cuffing somebody quickly and efficiently. There’s something about holding somebody’s hands in a crossed way and trying to slap a cuff on. I didn’t want to hurt the co-stars I was working within the scenes.”
Q: You’ve established yourself as a romantic comedy actress. Is that a genre you feel comfortable in?
A: “If you asked me the same question two years ago I would have said, I love doing romantic comedies because those are the movies I tend to only watch. I want to laugh and believe in true love and romance. I’m still thrilled to be in those movies but at 33, I wouldn’t mind breaking out of that genre a little bit. This movie had a murder mystery vibe to it, a kind of a caper film, so it was a different spin on the same formula.”
Q: Did you have the whole family on location with you in Pittsburgh, including your adopted daughter Naleigh?
A: “Yes and it was chaos! (laughs). There was also my dog, my mom’s dog, and then my mom would come for part of the filming because she’s a producer on this as well. Then (husband/musician) Josh (Kelley) would come in and out because he’s always on tour. Naleigh and the nanny were there all the time.”
Q: Is Naleigh aware of what you do for a living?
A: “No, she isn’t. Naleigh loves to play doctor and has a little doctor’s kit. Recently my mom said, ‘Naleigh, your mother played a doctor on TV.’ And it was the first time that anyone has ever said to her that her mom is on TV. So she’s starting to put the dots together.”
Q: Any more kids for you and Josh?
A: “Naleigh’s three now, so I’m hoping we have another child sooner than later — at least maybe in the next year. Naleigh loves babies and the whole idea of babies.”
Q: Will you adopt again or have biological children?
A: “We’d like to do both, but I’m on an adoption bent at this point. I’m afraid of pregnancy. That terrifies me. After being in (the R-rated comedy) “Knocked up” and having to watch birthing videos, I’m terrified! (laughs)”
Q: You are in a position where you headline your own movies, but you also produce many of them too. Was that always the plan?
A: “For me, there’s so much inherent pressure in the position, so I started to feel neurotic and terrified all the time (laughs). I thought the only way for me to calm down was to take an active role in my future, not to sit and wait, but to create my own opportunities.”
Q: So what’s on the horizon?
A: “I’d love to write something. I’d love to direct. And there’s so much great television, I would never rule out the opportunity to do a great TV show. I watch ‘Homeland’ and think Clare Danes is brilliant and if an opportunity like that came my way, I wouldn’t say no.”
Q: You’ve been spotted smoking electronic cigarettes to help you stop smoking. How’s that been going?
A: “It’s supposed to get you off the real thing, but I smoke it all the time because I don’t have to step outside and it never goes out — except when the battery dies. So I’m smoking it way more than I probably would a real cigarette.”
Q: That’s not good.
A: “I’m a nicotine addict and it’s really ugly. If I could take anything back, smoking would be it. I wish I never picked up a cigarette. That was so stupid. That would be the one thing I would say to my kid as she gets old and inevitably will want to try a cigarette. I will say, ‘Sure, go ahead, if you want to be a slave to something for the rest of your life!’ I’ll always be fighting the addiction.”
To promote her new movie One For The Money, Katherine did various radio interviews the last few days. You can listen to them when you click on the link.
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.”