Katherine took to the stage this morning at upfront week, as NBC began proceedings at the Radio City Music Hall industry event. She was in New York to promote season 8 of USA's legal drama Suits in which she co-stars as new character Samantha Wheeler.

Katherine Heigl Poses For Photographers At The NBC Upfront Presentation 2018

Speaking to E!'s Giuliana Rancic on the red carpet before the network presentation Katherine revealed how she landed the role. "My mom, actually," she explained, adding that her mother "instigated" the move and that the two called the show's creator. "We didn't know at that point if it was going to go into an eighth season," she added. "So when he said, ‘I'm going to be busy with the eighth season,' I was like, ‘Really? Do you need anybody? ‘Cause I'm available.' I totally pitched myself."

"I'm going to do that all the time," Katherine joked. "I'm just going to call everybody – the showrunners of all the shows I love and be like, ‘Do you need a new character?'"

Katherine Heigl Poses For Photographers At The NBC Upfront Presentation 2018

Accompanying Katherine in Manhattan was her husband, musician Josh Kelley, who also joined his wife on the red carpet. The actress, who was a big fan of the show before joining the cast, told attendees that she doesn’t think she "could have joined the USA family at a better time."

After moving to Toronto to shoot the Suits, Katherine told ET Canada that while the city was "a little cold" at first, she's come to love living there.

Suits season eight premieres in July, an exact date and time has yet to be announced by the network.