Sassy, Sexy And Down for The Money!
By Rych McCain, International/Nationally Syndicated Entertainment Columnist
|Katherine Heigl (Photo by Batzdorff for Lionsgate Films)|
Upon meeting her for the first time, one can easily get the impression that she is the typical girl-next-door type with the cutie-pie looks and a certain perceived innocence that draws men like a magnet. Born in Washington, D.C and reared in New Canaan, Connecticut; Katherine Heigl is anything but typical when it comes to her chosen professions of acting and producing. She has become one of Hollywood’s main stay attractions at the box office while savoring the perks of an ever growing fan base. Heigl entered the biz at nine years-old as a child model. As she became older, opportunities presented themselves and she transitioned into doing commercials and then TV and movies. Even though she has a respectable body of TV work; Heigl may best be known for her six seasons on ABC’s critically acclaimed drama “Grey’s Anatomy” as Dr. Isobel “Izzie” Stevens for which she won a prime time Emmy® Award and a Golden Globe® nomination.
Heigl struck pay dirt on the big screen starring in Judd Apatow’s smash hit comedy “Knocked Up” which helped her win the “Female Star of the Year” honors at the 2010 ShoWest Awards. She recently starred in “New Year’s Eve” opposite rock superstar Jon Bon Jovi. Heigl has a production company with her mom which excursively produced “The Ugly Truth” that she starred in and other film projects including including an upcoming TV series titled “Trending” for The CW Network. In her latest cinematic big screen offering, Heigl portrays Stephanie Plum, the star character of Janet Evanovich’s worldwide best-selling eighteen-book mystery series in the Lionsgate film “One For The Money.” Plum is out of work, on hard times and decides to work for her cousin’s bail bonds company as a bounty hunter. The action-comedy takes place on the gritty, rough streets of a New Jersey hood.
As a bounty hunter, Heigl encounters some very dangerous and unsavory characters. What is her definition of a real life tough guy? She jokes, “Who knew? I’ve never really met a tough guy. I guess a tough guy is a …I have no idea!” Since the Stephanie Plum character is so popular with millions of readers what strategy did Heigl apply in binging her persona to the screen? She turns serious, “I was approached about the project when I was doing “The Ugly Truth” with Lakeshore and they had wanted to turn the book into a movie and I had at that point, not read the books. So I started reading them and then became obsessed with them and then got really excited about the idea of bringing it to film. I really loved the principal role on this because it was so important to me to keep the film really close to the book because that’s what I fell in love with and that’s what millions of people have fallen in love with in terms of the “One For The Money” Stephanie Plum series.”
Even though she has been through the experience many times before, Heigl still gets a kick out of seeing herself on bus side post boards, outdoor billboards, construction site posters etc. For “Money” she exclaims, “It’s always really thrilling. It’s always just this moment of adrenalin when you see your face and butt, name on a big poster when you drive down whatever boulevard. So I’m really thrilled, I’m real excited and very hopeful ‘fingers crossed’ that it works.” In describing her character, Heigl says, “I just think that there is something about her that is really endearing during situations where she is in over her head but doesn’t take herself very seriously and doesn’t take other people too seriously. She has this great perspective on life that happens to be witty, funny and charming as well. I sort of like everything about Stephanie. She’s sort of the heroine that you don’t get a lot of. Sort of the overly perfect heroine that you could never aspire to be like. Stephanie is an everyday girl that you just like. She’s a decent person with a big heart and she’s fearless and courageous but perpetually puts herself in dangerously crazy situations.
© 2012 Rych McCain Media/Syndication TM
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