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Katherine Heigl Follows Through on Public Promise to Mentor High School Student
At the Oct. 25 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles “Big Bash” at the Beverly Hilton, a Long Beach sophomore named Andrea proudly dished about her desires to work for the CIA, speak five languages and land a “big sister.”
Her plea was enthusiastically answered by Katherine Heigl, who shot up her hand during the gala to offer her mentoring services. THR found out that the State of Affairs star did indeed follow up on her pledge, and is now in the midst of the org’s application process, including a background check.
“This young woman wants to learn five languages, become the future head the FBI and one day donate ‘thousands and thousands’ to Big Brothers Big Sisters. She’s an inspiration. She’s pretty phenomenal and after hearing her on Friday it didn’t take much for me to want to help,” Heigl told THR of the 14-year-old. “She was so incredibly funny and charming, and I’m now doing a show [State of Affairs] about the CIA, so I just thought, ‘I have to mentor her!’ I want to help make her director of the CIA someday.”
Katherine Heigl, Duane Reade end lawsuit over actress’ photo
Actress Katherine Heigl and Duane Reade have come to an agreement in a lawsuit accusing the New York pharmacy of improperly posting to its social media accounts a paparazzi photograph of her leaving one of its stores.
A lawyer for Heigl, who starred in the film “Knocked Up” and television show “Grey’s Anatomy,” confirmed Wednesday a deal was agreed with the Walgreen Co-owned chain to resolve the lawsuit, filed in April in New York federal court.
The terms are confidential, but a statement from Heigl’s lawyer Peter Haviland called it “mutually beneficial.”
As part of the deal, he said, Duane Reade will make a contribution to a foundation focused on animal welfare, established in 2008 after Heigl’s brother was killed in a car accident.
According to the lawsuit, Heigl was photographed in March near a Duane Reade store while she was in New York filming a pilot episode for a new television series.
Duane Reade posted the photo on its Twitter and Facebook accounts with captions advertising the store without her approval, the complaint said.
The 15-page lawsuit cited a tweet that Heigl claimed Duane Reade posted in March. “Love a quick #DuaneReade run? Even @KatieHeigl can’t resist shopping #NYC’s favorite drugstore,” it said.
The lawsuit sought at least $6 million in compensatory and punitive damages.
Representatives for Walgreen did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Heigl is set to return to television in November in a new NBC series, “State of Affairs,” in which she plays a CIA analyst who advises the president of the United States.
From chilling thrillers to books on meditation, Katherine Heigl, our August cover star, reveals to us her top 5 reads. Here’s Marie Claire’s rundown on them…
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl forces us to ask that important question – who can we really trust? The film adaptation, due for release this October, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, is set to thrill us all over again. Watch this space.
Belong To Me by Marisa de los Santos
When Cornelia Brown makes the snap decision to move to the suburbs with her husband, some neighbours are more welcoming than others. As time goes on, it becomes clear that there is more to this corner of suburbia than Cornelia could ever have imagined. A compassionate and exhilarating read.
Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson
Arlene Fleet makes a pact with God that, if she changes her ways, he will keep her terrible secret buried. But an unexpected visitor forces Arlene to excavate her long kept secret. Prepare to be amazed by this darkly comedic and frank novel.
Listening to Your Life by Frederick Buechner
See, hear, and feel your way through Buechner’s beautiful little reminders that spirituality is the key to happiness.
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
We’ve all had that moment, when we look at a piece of art and think, ‘I wish I could have made that!’ This spectacular guide by Julia Cameron helps us to dig deep and discover the creative energy which exists in us all. For Cameron, rage, jealously, guilt and self-destruction can all be transformed into something beautiful.
Katherine Heigl is notorious for her role as Izzy Stevens on Grey’s Anatomy and her nonstop romantic comedy hits of the past few years. From Valentine’s Day to The Ugly Truth, Heigl has made a name for herself as one of the queens of rom-com. With her latest film, One for the Money, the beautiful actress breaks the mold as a gun-weilding, butt-kicking bounty hunter. Heigl sat down recently with Izumi Hasegawa to chat about firing a real gun, becoming a brunette, and how tough guys will love her latest flick.
Izumi Hasegawa: What was the worst job you’ve ever had?
Katherine Heigl: I started modeling when I was nine, did some things for Sears. I modeled Cabbage Patch underwear. Good times. Kids at school really liked that.
IH: In this movie, you work with tough guys. What is the definition of a tough guy for you?
KH: I have no idea. Oh, that’s right. Josh (Kelley) is here. I just insulted all three men in the room that I work with or live with.
IH: Can you talk about your entry point with the material, being a producer, and the role you had in bringing it to the screen?
KH: I was approached about the project when I was doing The Ugly Truth with Lakeshore, and they wanted to turn the book into a movie, and I had, at that point, not read the book, so I started reading them and I became obsessed with them, and then got really excited about the idea of bringing it to film. I really loved the producer role on this because it was so important to me to keep the film really close to the book, because that’s what I fell in love with. That’s what millions of people have fallen in love with, in terms of the One for the Money Stephanie Plum series. So it was great to get to be in the room and have an opinion…not that it was always necessarily listened to. But it was fun. And where we are. Yeah, we made it. We did it, guys. We did this.
IH: Girls love chick-flicks. This film kind of has a crossover appeal for guys as well. Usually guys just endure films that are chick-flicks. Can you speak to that? And what makes this a good non-chick-flick?
KH: I think what’s sort of interesting about the books, is that they all have like a murder mystery tie-in with the bounty-hunting aspect of it. So it’s not all just about romance. It’s not all just about comedy. Especially, actually, in this movie, the murder mystery storyline is kind of dark and a little edgy, and gives it a vibe that is not purely chick-flick-ish. I’m really excited about it because I think it does appeal to everyone. It isn’t just a girls’ movie, and I think we’re working hard to advertise it so everyone knows that. It’s a good time for everyone, men included. And I forgot where I was going.
Katherine Heigl left her role as Dr. Izzie Stevens on “Grey’s Anatomy” after five seasons in 2010 to focus on her movie career and being a mom. But now, the actress is having second thoughts about her decision. Heigl told the “The View” (weekdays on ABC) on Monday that she regrets leaving the show and has approached its writers about a possible return.
When Barbara Walters asked her if she’s sorry she left, Heigl — who had her adopted daughter Naleigh by her side — said that she was. “Oh yeah, sometimes, yeah. You miss it. I miss my friends. It was a great work environment … and it becomes a family. I spent six years together with these people every day … you grow up together, in a way,” she reflected.
Heigl also echoed comments she made last week saying she’d love to return to “Grey’s” to see where her character is now. She’s let the show’s producers know she’d like to return, but hasn’t yet been asked back. Heigl said she understands how complicated her return might be with so many characters and story lines already ongoing.
“I always felt that if they wanted me to come back and sort of wrap up that storyline … I want them to know that I’m down with it if they want me to, but I completely understand if it doesn’t necessarily work … They’ve got a lot of story lines going on there,” she explained.