Katherine Marie Heigl ( born November 24, 1978) is an American actress, film producer and former fashion model.
She played Izzie Stevens on ABC’s medical drama Grey’s Anatomy from 2005 to 2010, a role for which she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2007. She has also starred in films, such as Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, The Nut Job, Knocked Up, 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth, Killers, Life As We Know It and New Year’s Eve, Jenny’s Wedding. She played the main character in the television series State of Affairs from 2014 to 2015.
Heigl started her career as a child model with Wilhelmina Models before turning her attention to acting. She made her debut in the coming-of-age film That Night in 1992. Heigl co-starred as Isabel Evans in the television series Roswell and films, such as My Father the Hero before landing her break-out role in Grey’s Anatomy. She has established herself as a cover model appearing on numerous publications including Maxim, Vanity Fair and Cosmopolitan. Heigl is married to singer Josh Kelley, with whom she has two adopted daughters. In December 2011, Heigl appeared in the ensemble romantic comedy New Year’s Eve, directed by Garry Marshall. Despite being a commercial success, grossing over $142 million worldwide, the film received generally negative reviews from critics. In 2012, she had the lead role in One for the Money. One For The Money is based on a series of novels written by Janet Evanovich in which the lead character is Stephanie Plum, a Bounty Hunter, working for a bonding company. The title of the movie is based on the first book in the series. The film was a box-office failure. It grossed just over $36 million worldwide, failing to recoup its production budget of $40 million. For her performance, Heigl received a Golden Raspberry Award nomination for Worst Actress.
In January 2012, Heigl stated in an interview that she has asked the producers of Grey’s Anatomy if she could return to the show to wrap up Izzie’s storyline: “I’ve told them I want to [return],” she said. “I really, really, really want to see where [Izzie] is. I just want to know what happened to her and where she went and what she’s doing now. My idea is that she actually like figures it out, and finds some success and does really well in a different hospital. She was always floundering you know, and so she was always one step behind the eight ball and I want to see that girl take some power back.” She also went on to say that she regrets leaving the show: “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,” and again commented on the possibility of Izzie returning to the show, “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.” In November 2012, Heigl was cast and voiced Andie in the animated film The Nut Job, which was released on January 17, 2014.
In February 2013, it was reported that Heigl had joined Ben Lewin’s romantic drama A Moment to Remember. Filming has yet to take place. In April 2013, she appeared alongside Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton and Susan Sarandon in The Big Wedding. In June 2013, Heigl began appearing in a television commercial for Vicks’ ZzzQuil.
In January 2014, it was reported that Heigl would return to television in an NBC drama series named State of Affairs about a CIA attache. The show was cancelled in 2015.