Interview Katherine Heigl

After years of dating, Zoe has decided waiting for the right one is taking too long. Determined to become a mother, she commits to a plan, makes an appointment and decides to go it alone. That same day, Zoe meets Stan – a man with real possibilities. Trying to nurture a budding relationship and hiding the early signs of pregnancy becomes a comedy of errors for Zoe and creates confusing signals for Stan. When Zoe nervously reveals the reason for her unpredictable behavior, Stan commits fully and says he’s in. But with the nine month clock ticking, both begin to experience cold feet. Anyone can fall in love, get married and have a baby but doing it backwards in hyper-drive could be proof positive that they were made for each other.

If you don’t know Katherine Heigl from her role in hit series ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, then you might remember her as the pregnant girl from last years comedy ‘Knocked Up’… She’s become quite a celebrity over in America, where she has been receiving non-stop tabloid coverage thanks to her recent Christmas themed marriage to musician Josh Kelley. The profile of the 29 year old actress is ever growing, her latest film ’27 Dresses’ was a smash hit in cinemas. The film is a romantic comedy about a long suffering girl who has been a bridesmaid 27 times but never a bride. The wedding themed film is out on DVD this Friday.

Q:  What was it like preparing for this film and preparing for your own wedding at the same time?
A:  “It was very coincidental timing.  I had been planning my wedding for a year and a half.”  

Q:  Would you have wanted a wedding like the ones we see in ‘27 Dresses’?
A:  “Well, I had a smaller wedding, a Christmas wedding, so it was a totally different vibe.  What was kind of great about doing this film is that I kind of got to have the best of both worlds.  A winter wedding for real and – in fantasyland – I got to have the beach wedding that was beautiful, fabulous, and wonderful too.”

Q: Are you a real romantic?
A:  “I’m not terribly sentimental.  I have my moments, but generally speaking I shy away from being too lovey dovey.  I don’t know why, I must
have issues that I probably need to address. I think Josh’s biggest complaint is that when he’s on tour, and we are talking on the phone, I’m like ‘Yeah, I love you too.’  I’m not going to be like ‘I miss you so much and I love you!’  I just can’t, it’s just not my thing, but I definitely try on special occasions or just spontaneously, to do something really special
for him.  That can be as simple as making dinner or tickling his back.  I don’t make big grand gestures generally.  Maybe I should.”


Q:  What is your general feeling about weddings? Could you be a serial bridesmaid like your character?

A:  “I am not that kind of girl really.  I haven’t been to very many weddings.  I’ve only been to four weddings in my whole life. At Kate Walsh’s wedding I was so determined not to cry, it didn’t even come into my brain. I had nothing on me, no tissues or anything, and I was looking at people with their tissues like ‘Oh, you guys are lame.  It’s not that dramatic.’ As soon as the music started, I started crying, she hadn’t even walked out yet and I was crying. Obviously I’m a little more sentimental than I originally thought.  I do love a great wedding.”


Q: Your character in the film is a bridesmaid 27 times, have you ever done it for real?
A:  “My sister got married in October and I was the maid of honour. That was the first time that I really had the role for real. It’s a stressful role, because you want to make sure that you take care of everything that needs to be taken care of, so that the bride herself will have an amazing day. It’s also kind of a big honour because I adore my sister.  The fact that she wanted me by her side that day was really important to me.  But, it’s stressful.  I wouldn’t do it twice in a day, let alone every other weekend.”  

Q:  Do you have a memory of having to wear a particularly bad bridesmaid dress?
A: “I haven’t yet had to wear a terrible bridesmaid dress.  My sister, who got married in October, was very considerate about her bridesmaid dresses.
My best friend, who got married like 8 years ago, was also very considerate. No one was trying to make us look bad which was nice.”  

Q:  So now that you’re queen of Hollywood romance movies, what tips would you give to those looking for love?
A:  “I met my fiancé when I wasn’t looking.  I know that is a cliché thing to say, it doesn’t really help all that much. I had sort of given up on the idea of marriage and family.  I had a relationship that ended, I was really disappointed, and I had all these high hopes.  I just went screw it, I don’t need a man.  I sort of had given up on the concept of marriage and figured I could do it on my own. If I wanted to have a family I could do it on my own. Then boom, I met this guy that I couldn’t imagine living without.  I think the more you want it, the more you are looking for it, the more you repel it for whatever reason.” 

Q:  You have been on quite a roll lately, with ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Knocked Up’ – what are your hopes for 2008?
A:  “It seemed to happen all at once, so it was hard to keep a perspective on it.  I think it’s just been the most gratifying and gracious year of my life, personally and professionally.  I can only hope that 2008 is just as wonderful, maybe in a different way, because I’m scared to hope that it would be just as awesome as last year.”


’27 Dresses’ is out on DVD in Ireland from Friday July 25th