>Ever the doting mother, Katherine and her baby girl were spotted at LAX on Friday (September 24).
The “Knocked Up” star carried her precious daughter, Naleigh, into the airport to catch a flight out of town.
>Katherine attends the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation’s Compassion Revolution press conference on Thursday (September 23) in Los Angeles.
>Television and film actress Katherine Heigl announced Thursday at a press conference in Los Angeles that she would be pledging $1 million to spay and neuter programs in the city and county of Los Angeles.
The star of Warner Bros.’ upcoming film “Life As We Know It” is kicking off a pet initiative, in association with the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, to increase awareness and help curb the pet population crisis.
“What’s happening is not only inhumane and morally reprehensible, it’s economically irresponsible,” Heigl said. “Killing is not a solution.”
In addition to the contribution to spay and neuter programs, the JDHF will continue to support Learn to be a Best Friend (a training and education obedience program); transport programs moving animals from local shelters where they would be euthanized to humane societies, rescue organizations and “no kill” shelters; and continue to promote pet adoption.
“I think we have to work a little harder and call ourselves a dog lover country,” Cesar Millan of National Geographic Channel’s “The Dog Whisperer” said, joining Heigl on the podium at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. “Never work against mother nature.”
Each year 500,000 animals are sheltered and euthanized in California, costing the state $250 million. “Most people are unaware of what’s happening,” Heigl said. “We can start to change the existing paradigm.”
>Katherine and Josh hold hands before grabbing lunch at Little Dom’s on Wednesday afternoon (September 22) in Los Feliz, Calif.
>Adoption may seem to be the celebrity lifestyle choice du jour, but Katherine Heigl says she’d been dreaming of bringing home a baby of her home for quite a while.
It was so important to her that she had to make sure husband Josh Kelley felt just as strongly about adoption before they could walk down the aisle.
“Josh and I had been talking about adopting for a year before it actually happened. I had spoken to him about it before we got engaged because I wanted to be sure we were on the same page—not everybody feels the way I do about adoption,” Heigl told InStyle magazine for their October cover story. “I don’t know why it was so important for me to do it before we had biological children, but I felt like I had been waiting for and dreaming about [daughter] Naleigh for a long time.”
Heigl brought home Naleigh from Korea last September, a decision that eventually led to her walking away from her role as Izzie Stevens on “Grey’s Anatomy.” “I started a family and it changed everything for me,” Heigl told Entertainment Weekly of her decision in March. “It changed my desire to work full-time.”
But the 31-year-old actress hasn’t ceased work altogether, and her role in the new movie “Life as We Know It” actually found her job looking very much like her home life.
“My experience as Holly in [her new movie, Life as We Know It] was my experience as Katie in real life. There’s this thing where, as a new mother, you’re just constantly going, ‘Am I doing this right? Am I handling this right? Am I playing with her enough? Should I be talking to her more?’” she explained to InStyle. “You’re just nervous, so you’re almost creating more drama than is necessary.”