Archive for January, 2012

Anderson Cooper Show

Katherine joins Anderson Cooper tomorrow. She will talk about her brother and how she keeps his memory alive and much more. Please check local details for showtimes. You can watch a small purview on the Anderson Cooper website.


Katherine: My Struggle to Make Sure My Daughter Knows Her Worth

Katherine wrote her last blog for iVillage:

I’m not much of a reality TV watcher. I tend to stick mostly to the comedies and dramas that I love, but I recently happened to catch an episode of Dance Moms and watched with open-mouthed amazement as girls as young as seven were encouraged to dress provocatively and shimmy around a stage doing a dance performance that could just as easily been a burlesque routine. I kept thinking all these girls were missing is a pole! I was also horrified by the way their instructor spoke to them when she felt they weren’t up to snuff. It was demeaning, belittling, and downright unkind.

My daughter was in the room at the time as was my mother and I kept looking over at my perfect, innocent and beautiful child wondering how can I protect her from what the world is becoming. My mother was outraged and — never one to hold back an opinion — vented that it was not even remotely necessary to speak to a child the way the dance instructor was, that no one during the course of my performing and early years as a child model and actor had ever talked to me like that. She insisted that the tough-love attitude was totally misguided and not what makes anyone succeed — and certainly not a child. She reminded me that I was loved, encouraged, and held through the journey of my career and was never demeaned, berated, or told I was not doing my best and look how well that has worked for me.

She is right, of course. My mother worked hard to build up my self-esteem, to protect it from those who did not, and made it her priority to see me grow into a young woman who had a sure and steady sense of herself that could not be torn apart. The example my mother set for me is what I hope to achieve and emulate on behalf of my own daughter. I think we all know through experience that the world gets tough enough soon enough. I strongly believe there is no reason to break anyone down in order to prepare them for inevitable disappointment or unkindness. There is no reason to diminish anyone’s self-esteem in order to get them to try harder next time. Especially not a child’s.

I believe a significant part of my role as a mother to a daughter is to shelter and build up her self-esteem. This is not to say that I will sit around and tell her she can do anything and everything and is perfect in all that she does. We all have our strengths and weaknesses and when I came home from school with a bad grade on another math test, it was apparent that algebra would never be my strong suit and my mother didn’t pretend it was. I was told I needed to pass the class but I was also told it was okay that I didn’t excel at it, that there were other things I was good at. That’s the direction I was encouraged to follow.

My hope is that Josh and I will help Naleigh find her strengths, support, inspire, applaud, and shelter her as she succeeds and fails in them and work diligently and persistently to build and protect her fragile self-worth — because it is fragile and in the world we live in today, it doesn’t seem to be enough of a priority for our young women.

It terrifies me, the amount of value we place on a woman’s looks, body, and ability to drop it like it’s hot on the dancefloor. It’s one thing to walk into a club and see twentysomethings embracing their sexuality and having some fun, but it’s another thing altogether watching seven-year-olds shake their booties, bellies, and nonexistent boobies on a stage in a room full of adults and be handed a trophy for it. What in the world are we telling them? That sexy is the prize and is the talent they have?

I used to perform in a local dance academy when I was growing up and we did jazz routines that were fun, imaginative, high energy, hip and age-appropriate! The young girls on Dance Moms are wonderfully talented, spirited ladies who should be encouraged to perform since they seem to truly have a knack for it. I just wish they were being inspired, instructed, and supported for their gifts as I was when I found my creative path. I wish they were being shown and taught by example that they are wonderful, unique and valuable for far more than their bodies, and their ability to be perfect at all times.

I pray that I reach my daughter and am able to guide and support her growth as a woman and hope with all my heart shows like this don’t get to her first. It is a true challenge we parents have ahead of us and the stakes are very high. We will have to perpetually battle and kick against the values mass media prioritize and emphasize those that truly matter. We will have to find a way to convince our children that what they see in the world around them is not always right and true even when it’s far more prevalent than what we tell them is right and true. We will have to hope, pray, and beg them to trust us and commit every moment to earning their trust so that we can ensure their emotional, spiritual, and physical well being and self-worth.

It breaks my heart that the task of raising well-rounded, happy young adults has been made to be so very challenging, but I will rise to the challenge because Naleigh deserves the same shot at living up to her potential as I got. My mother taught me strength, courage, discipline, and faith so I will rely on those lessons now to teach my daughter the same.

 


Radio Interviews

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.

Virgin Radio Vancouver

KISS 92.5 Ontario

 


Dinner in Paris

Katherine and husband Josh had dinner at “Le Jules Verne” Restaurant in Paris on January, 28th.


Office Visit

Katherine grins at photographers as she arrives at an office building on Wednesday (January 25) in New York City.


Rachael Ray Joins Katherine Heigl to Raise Funds for Spay/Neuter and Help Save Lives

Press Release:

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.


At a Nails Salon in NYC

Katherine and her mom visited a Nails Salon in NYC on January, 27th.


Katherine: Naleigh is a Ham

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: I’m a foodie

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.”


Nervous Playing Plum

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.”


Out and About in NYC

Katherine and her daughter Naleigh were spotted out and about in New York City on Monday (January 23).


One For The Money Premiere in New York


One For The Money Press Conference


At the ABC Studios

Hot on the promotional circuit for her upcoming film “One For the Money,”Katherine

was spotted arriving at the “Today” show in New York City on Tuesday (January 24).

The “Knocked Up” star was all smiles and looked radiant as she made her way inside the ABC Studios for her sit-down interview.

 


Katherine’s Daughter Naleigh Steals The Show

Daily Mail reports that Katherine was joined by her daughter Naleigh on stage at the ABC TV Show The View.

She was on popular daytime talk show The View to promote her new movie One For The Money, as well as to discuss her career and family life.

And despite looking stunning in a fitted red shift dress and her blonde hair coiffed in a sophisticated sleek bob, Katherine Heigl’s adorable three-year-old daughter Naleigh was the one ending up stealing the show.

The former Grey’s Anatomy star, 33, was in the middle of her interview when Naleigh began waving to her from the audience and subsequently then ran onto the stage.


At LAX

Katherine  and her mom,Nancy, catch a flight out of town from LAX on Saturday (January 20) in Los Angeles.


Meeting in Beverly Hills

Katherine and her mom went to a business meeting in Beverly Hills on January, 20th.


The 7 loves of Katherine

In an interview with USA Weekend, Katherine talks about her dogs.

Katherine Heigl has a lump in her throat. She’s talking about Mojo, her beloved 15-year-old shepherd mix she had to “put down” last summer when he could no longer stand.

“I hate having to make that decision for another being,” she says. “You don’t ever feel 100% confident in your decision. My vet said: ‘Katie, this is a dignified dog. Don’t take away his dignity.’ That’s the greatest gift we can give these animals we care so much about: a dignified ending.”

Choking up, she adds, “It’s really hard. And I have Romeo, who’s also 15. He can’t really hear and see, but he’s been my best friend for 15 years. So it’s going to be awful. …”

Heigl, 33, whose edgy comments have sometimes gotten her into trouble, is clearly a softie when it comes to canines. No wonder she calls herself “the Mad Dog Lady.” The actress has seven of them: the aforementioned Romeo plus Stella (both miniature schnauzers), mixed-breed Piper, schnoodle Wheezer, scar the “hotcake” hound, plus a pair of shepherd mix puppies, Flora and Tamber.

Says Heigl: “I always want animals in my life.”

These days, that life is plenty full. In addition to her pack of pups, Heigl has a daughter, Naleigh, 3, whom she and husband Josh Kelley adopted from South Korea two years ago; a movie opening next Friday, One for the Money, in which she sports a new dark ’do’ as a hapless bounty hunter; and an ad campaign advocating that dogs and cats be neutered or spayed called “I Hate Balls.” The gamely titled video was produced by the comedic team at Funny or Die in association with her charity, the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, named for her late brother.

“He died in 1986; I was only 7,” Heigl says. “The motto for our foundation is that we want to help and protect the voiceless and the innocent — that was my brother’s bent. He had an unusually grand sense of compassion. My brother was absolutely an animal advocate.”

When asked how she handles such a large pack at home, plus Naleigh, even while her musician husband is often away touring, she concedes: “It’s a total work in progress. I have these mornings where I want to complain to my husband or my mother, but then I realize it was entirely my decision! I can’t complain, because I created this for myself. So we try to just make it as seamless as we can, and incorporate all of these animals into our lives.”

It helps, she adds, that “we have the great fortune of having two homes — one in L.A. and one in Utah. So sometimes we keep the little ones in L.A. and the big ones in Utah, where we have lots of property to run around in, to work off some of that energy.”

It doesn’t hurt, either, that Kelley, 31, loves dogs, too. “He was really excited about the puppies, because all the dogs were really attached to me,” she says. “I’m their person. I’m the one with them all the time. I’m the one training them. I feed them. And he’s on the road a lot. So when we got the puppies, I said, ‘Tamber will be your dog, and Flora will be my dog, so you’ll have one that’s completely yours.’ He got all excited about it — but then, of course,” she adds without missing a beat, “Tamber loves me best.”

The couple have been careful to teach Naleigh to be gentle with their furry housemates, and the parents never leave their daughter alone with the dogs. Still, the toddler is clearly taking after her famous mother:

“The dogs are her best friends,” Heigl says. “We have pictures of her doing tea parties with Mojo. But she’s not very loyal: One minute Piper’s her best friend. And then it’s Oscar. It’s just the cutest.”

Calling her dogs “a blessing,” Heigl adds:

“It’s so worth it to walk down in the morning and have these dogs go bananas, so excited to see me. My daughter could be like: ‘Oh, hey.’ I’ll say, ‘Give Mommy a kiss!’ and she says, ‘Uh, no.’ But they’ll always give me a kiss. They’re always happy with me.”


USA Weekend


Jersey Accent

During the Press Tour for her new movie One For The Money, Katherine talks to Entertainment Tonight about the movie.

Katherine Heigl channels her inner Jersey girl in the new action comedy One for the Money, in theaters Jan. 27, and in addition to her family plans, she tells our own Nancy O’Dell that having to do a Jersey accent for the film may have been karmic retribution.

“That was really intimidating because I’m that jerk who sits in the audience and makes fun of people’s bad accents,” says Katherine with a laugh. “And I thought, ‘Oh, this is karmic, because now everyone’s going to make fun of my bad accent,’ so I tried to take it very seriously and we had a great dialect coach who was very helpful.”

Of her personal family plans, Katherine reveals that she may adopt a child: “I would like to probably adopt next, I think. … I want to be able to take a whole year off if I am going to get pregnant. … I am such a planner, you know? I like to have everything mapped out. … I’ve heard stories that once you hit 35 they need to do all this testing and stuff… it’s freaky.”

Based on the popular heroine of Janet Evanovich’s bestselling mystery series, Katherine plays Stephanie Plum, a proud Jersey girl with attitude who is out of the job and desperate for fast cash. Taking a job for her cousin’s bail bond company as a recovery agent, she finds herself chasing down a former vice cop and murder suspect — who just happens to be the same, sexy guy who seduced and dumped her back in high school.

Directed by Julie Anne Robinson, One for the Money also stars Jason O’Mara, Daniel Sunjata, John Leguiziamo, Debbie Reynolds and Debra Monk.

You can watch a video of the interview here


The Naked Truth

Katherine sat down with “Extra” to talk about her new movie One For The Money.

Actress Katherine Heigl sat down with “Extra” special correspondent Steve Santagati to talk about her upcoming action comedy, “One for the Money,” in which she does a nude scene

It didn’t really faze her. “Here’s my philosophy… you can cover the bits with pasties, but I think that’s weirder than just being naked,” explained Heigl.

In the film, she plays an unemployed and newly divorced woman who lands a job at her cousin’s bail bond business, where her first assignment puts her on the trail of a wanted local cop (Jason O’Mara) from her romantic past.

The star looks fab in the flick and attributed it to “kettlebells, have you ever heard of those?” Santagati replied they looked like a head injury waiting to happen. Katherine laughed, “That’s happened a couple of times like when I’m swinging it out, and it flies out in front of me, and I’m like, DUCK!”

As for her life with singer husband Josh Kelley and 3-year-old daughter Naleigh, all is good. She even amended her previous comments about what she’d do if Kelley ever cheated on her.

“I’ve always said if he cheats on me, that’s it, I’m out. Because how can you ever trust that person again? They walk by a woman, and you just assume they’re thinking about banging her,” said Heigl. “Now I’m 33, and I have a child with this man. We’ve been together four years. There might be a little bit more hesitation before I walked out.”

You can watch a video of the interview here


Outside The Studio

Katherine waves as she heads out after taping an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday (January 17) in Hollywood.


Jimmy Kimmel Live

 

 


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