An Unforgettable Resurgence
Bouncing back from a downturn in her television career, Katherine Heigl sets out to prove in Unforgettable that she’s got the experience and acting chops to take back the spotlight and shine. QH finds out how she prepares herself mentally and emotionally to take on a new role.
Words by Piers Manning Interview and selected images courtesy of Viva Press.
Known for her lovably fluffy roles in Knocked Up, 27 Dresses, and The Ugly Truth, Katherine Heigl goes completely against type as a deranged exwife intent on ruining her estranged husband’s new relationship in Unforgettable.
Has the star ever experienced anything similar in real-life?
“I have never been that crazy ex as far as I’m aware. But I’m probably the wrong person to ask,” she laughs. “And I’ve also been pretty lucky with exboyfriends, no worrying behaviour. It’s all so boring.” There’s certainly been nothing boring about Heigl’s tumultuous career.
The one-time queen of Hollywood romcom suffered massive image damage while starring on Grey’s Anatomy as fan favourite, Dr Izzy Stevens. After five years on the hit series, Heigl fell out with showrunner Shonda Rimes and was immediately targeted with rumours and stories of a diva and difficult behaviour.
The gossip tanked Heigl’s career, who endured flop after flop at the box office as a result. But the 38 year-old is enjoying a career resurgence with her stunningly sinister role in Unforgettable alongside Rosario Dawson. And chatting to the star – although all Grey’s chat is off the table – Katherine comes across as genuine, affable, and wholly relatable. And Hollywood loves a comeback, right?
Recently welcoming son Joshua, the mom of three talks about defying expectation and pushing out of her comfort zone. She also chats about the power of motherhood, the pursuit of perfection, and having it all. Heigl is married to singer Josh Kelley. They live in Utah with their children, Naleigh, 8, Adaline, 4, and
Heigl is married to singer Josh Kelley. They live in Utah with their children, Naleigh, 8, Adaline, 4, and three month old Joshua.