Born on November 24, 1978, Katherine Marie Heigl is an American actress and producer, probably best known to audiences for her role as Dr. Stevens on “Grey’s Anatomy.” She is a mix of German and Irish heritage, and her nickname is Katie. She described herself on Twitter in 2013 as “Actress/producer/animal advocate. Mother of two beautiful girls and wife to one sexy musician.”
Though born in Washington, D.C., her family moved often before settling in Connecticut when she was five years old. Katherine Heigl’s older brother, Jason, died in 1986 from a car accident when Katherine was only seven years old. Afterwards, her family converted to Mormonism, finding comfort in the tenets of the faith. Katherine Heigl has an adopted sister, Meg, originally from Korea. (Inspired by her sister, Katherine later adopted a baby girl from Korea named Naleigh.)
Katherine began her modeling career when she was only nine years old. After her aunt shared photos with modeling agencies, Katherine signed with Wilhelmina agency and subsequently landed shoots for advertisements and commercials. Commercials led to more auditions, and thus, movie roles. Her first feature was “That Night.”
Katherine Heigl said of her role in “My Father The Hero,” “Oh God – I look back now, and it seems so gross. At just 14 years old, I had to wear a thong bikini. And then they used that scene in the trailer, so my entire school saw it! There are still men who come up to me today and say, ‘You were really hot in that film!’ I was 14, for God’s sake!” (FHM, 2000).
In high school, she played the cello and graduated from New Canann High in 1996. Afterwards, she moved with her mother to Malibu Canyon to focus on her acting career. Katherine said of her ample breasts, “Yeah, I have giant breasts – in a bra. It’s so disconcerting – there are so many women now with fake breasts that that’s the standard; that’s what you’re supposed to look like. But real boobs don’t look like that, and a lot of working out won’t make them look like that” (Allure, 2007).
Katherine Heigl has appeared in other films, including “New Year’s Eve,” “The Ugly Truth,” “27 Dresses” and “Knocked Up,” among other projects. In 2007, she partnered with her mother to form the production company Abishag, and has since served as executive producer on “One For The Money” and “Life As We Know It.”
Katherine is active with the charity Best Friends Animal Society, Heigl’s Hounds of Hope, as well as the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation.
Katherine is married to singer-songwriter Josh Kelley. They divide their time between homes in Los Angeles and rural Utah. In her spare time, Katherine likes knitting, sewing, reading and cooking.