Katherine Heigl covers the August 2014 edition of Marie Claire UK in a photo shoot and interview feature for the latest edition of the monthly fashion magazine.

Katherine Heigl - Marie Claire UK: August 2014 (Photo: Alex Cayley) Katherine Heigl - Marie Claire UK: August 2014 (Photo: Alex Cayley)

Speaking exclusively to the publication ahead of the theatrical release of the animated feature The Nut Job in the United Kingdom - in which she voices the sassy squirrel Andie, Katherine talks about living life away from the glare of Hollywood, her career, family and upcoming projects.

Having taken time off in recent years to focus on family life, Katherine also discusses her decision to leave Los Angeles and settle in rural Utah, explaining her desire to enjoy country living and a quieter, more simple pace of life.

Katherine Heigl Covers Marie Claire Magazine

Reflecting on some of her career choices, Heigl explains with candor that while she enjoyed a remarkable run of success with romantic comedies that she may have focused too much on that path. "I had an amazing time. I love romantic comedies. I was so stoked to be doing them. But maybe I hit it a little too hard. I couldn't say no. There's nothing wrong with them, but maybe I overloaded my audience. I should have done a superhero movie or a psychological thriller."

"I stopped challenging myself. It became a bit by rote and, as a creative person, that can wear you down. That was part of why I took that time off, to ask myself, 'What do I want? What am I looking for?' and shut down all the noise."

Katherine Heigl - Marie Claire UK: August 2014 (Photo: Alex Cayley) Katherine Heigl - Marie Claire UK: August 2014 (Photo: Alex Cayley)

For a while time with her family in Utah was all Katherine needed, but confesses she began to feel the pull of Hollywood once again. "There's still a part of me that's a Hollywood animal as well" she notes, ahead of her new role in the NBC CIA drama State Of Affairs, which she will also produce.

But a big new project doesn't mean Katherine's life will now be focused entirely on work when she shoots the series at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. "We made a deal that we will only do 15 episodes a season, so I can go back to Utah and do all the things that inspire me." Adding of her new career and life balance that "I feel like I'm finally rolling into the next phase of my adulthood."

To read the feature in full, pick up the August issue of Marie Claire UK out today, or simply download the digital version, which is available internationally.