Years ago, Katherine Heigl stopped being the innocent surgeon Izzy Stevens of Grey's Anatomy , a series she abandoned a decade ago. Since then, she has dedicated herself to cinema, has returned to making series and, above all, has been very focused on her family, which she has now decided to talk about, in an unusual way for her, in an interview. Heigl, 42, has a very stable life on his large Utah ranch. The actress has spent 15 years with musician Josh Kelley, 41, whom she met when he appeared in one of his video clips and whom she married in December 2007 . A couple of years later the couple decided to adopt in South Korea (the same place where the actress's parents adopted her older sister, Meg decades ago) a 10-month-old girl named Naleigh, who is now 12 years old. Three years later and shortly after she was born, in April 2012, Adalaide Marie was adopted in the United States. And four years ago, in December 2016, the couple welcomed their first biological son, Joshua Bishop. They all live with five dogs (named Bubba, Flora, Tambor, Sarge, and Poppy) and three cats (named Checkers, Coco, and Mr. Woo), all adopted, as well as several horses, monkeys, donkeys, or chickens.
“Los Animals are much less demanding than children. They ask for little! ”, Jokes the actress in a talk with the American magazine Parents . In it, Heigl implies that it is indistinct for her to have children biologically or by adoption, but that for the moment she is not considering any more. “Before the pandemic, I thought we needed one more child to make this home complete. It was not clear to me whether we would choose the option of foster care, adoption or perhaps another pregnancy. But now I have completely changed my mind. I am happy with these three! ”. What she does consider is adopting one more dog, especially an older dog.
In addition, the interpreter of the recently released The Dance of the Fireflies on Netflix explains that her two adopted daughters are having more and more questions about their origins as they get older. “We have told them: this is your story. We do not have information about your biological fathers, but we do have a little information about your mothers. If you want to talk more about the subject, you can have as much information as you want. Tell us how much knowledge you feel comfortable with. ”
The actress acknowledges that on many occasions her attitude was innocent and even somewhat ignorant about having privileges as a white person, something she realized thanks to her adopted sister Meg. “When I asked my sister if she was treated one way when she was with our parents and another without them, she said: 'Of course, always!' That made me realize my naivety. At first I was very angry, but I had to calm down and realized that the question was not how he made me feel. It's about how I have to protect my daughters and prepare them for the world, because I can't change society overnight. ”
She also explains that she is concerned about how girls manage mobile devices, and acknowledges that the little boy, Joshua , "He is very spoiled", as his mother and manager , Nancy, who lives five minutes from them on the same ranch, usually tells him. And he is not mistaken. I'm working in it". Even so, she confesses that it was "a great relief" for her to know that she was going to have a boy and a girl, to change and because "another girl would have meant lifelong therapy for everyone," she jokes. “It was one of the big reasons why I was vacillating between getting pregnant or adopting again, because there you can choose the sex.”
That connection of their daughters with the real world makes them already know that they are both artists and celebrities, and that the Major, Naleigh, is somewhat embarrassed about it. The fact of living in the middle of Utah, in a place where they can be more anonymous than in Los Angeles, makes them less exposed and do not have a life of paparazzi and movie premieres constantes.