Katherine Heigl is all wrong for Hollywood: She
was raised a Mormon, not a red-string-wearing Kabbalah lover.
She loves to knit (“It’s getting out of hand because I’m about
to start knitting outfits for my damn dogs!”) She hates the L.A.
“Scene.” And she’ll never, ever be accused of pulling a
Mary-Kate (“Doughnuts, spaghetti, whatever- I just want to
eat.”) Luckily, the 26-year-old has enough naughty-blonde
voluptuousness going on to fuel forest fires. And Tinseltown
can’t say no to that.
Signed to a modeling contract at age 9, the New Canaan, CT,
native started out shilling for kid- friendly Cheerios and Sears
before segueing into and acting career. She nabbed her first
starring role in 1994's My Father, the Hero, and by age 20, had
landed a lead role on TV’s Roswell. She’ll next be seen in this
winter’s medical drama Grey’s Anatomy on ABC and the upcoming
comedy film The Ringer, where she stars opposite Johnny
Knoxville. “Johnny was constantly fucking with everybody on the
set”, Katherine says. “He took a cattle prod to the executive
producer’s thigh. Of course he was aiming for something else….”
With all her upcoming projects, is there anything more
Katherine could do to up her visibility? “Maybe I should do a
sex tape,” she says with a laugh. “I mean, hey, look what it did
for Paris Hilton!”
We like this girl.
Let’s travel back to your childhood. How has being
officially beautiful since age 9 warped your fragile young mind?
I don’t look in the mirror every morning and say, “Wow, baby,
you’re something else!” But here’s the run-down - and I hope
this doesn’t come across as ridiculous: When people treat you a
certain way for most of your life because of the way you look,
you don’t think about it much. It’s just the way it is. But, let
me tell you, I got made fun of like you wouldn’t believe all
though middle school because I developed late and was flatter
then a fucking wall. I got stuff like, “Were you out late last
night? ‘Cause you’ve got some bug bites.” Then after I had done
Under Siege 2 when I was 16, I cane back all developed and
everybody thought that I’d had breast implants. I thought that
was so funny, so I’d wear really tight body suits and be like,
"No, no, don’t bump the breast, you might pop it!” They didn’t
know if I was kidding or not.
Speaking of Under Siege 2, did that super-letch Steven
Seagal notice your 16-year-old chest?
My mother was with me and she was very, “Do not fuck with my
daughter.” Steven had six bodyguards on the set and he made
everyone on the project wear a badge. The one they made for my
mother said, “Nancy Don’t Fuck With Me Heigl.”