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Katherine Heigl on The Ugly Truth

Published July 20, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Columbia Pictures
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Katherine Heigl has done her R-rated comedies, and her PG-13 ones and her prime time TV show. The Ugly Truth is another R-rated romance, and this is actually where she wants to be. No offense to the others, but her heart lies in the dirtier areas.

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“I feel like I’m a 30 year old woman, and as much as I love that younger audience, and as much as I love those kind of movies, I loved 27 Dresses, I had a great time making it, I love watching those kinds of things, I still feel like I want to tell a real story to people my age, to my generation,” Heigl said. “We throw ‘f*ck’ around a lot. When you have to censor so much for that PG-13 rating it starts to get a little cute. It starts to feel a little fantasy. And yes, all romantic comedies have that element of fantasy but the thing I love the most about this movie is that they do end up together. Who knows if they end up happily ever after together, but they do end up together, but it didn’t feel like the fantasy. It felt like real life.”

Heigl plays a TV producer forced to hire a male dating guru (Gerard Butler) who speaks controversial truths about what men want. “It felt like two people who actually were really sexually attracted to one another, and ultimately emotionally attracted to one another, came together in a world that is a grownup’s world. Not the cartoon version. It’s not that I always want to do R rated movies, or that I feel like they are the most honest movies out there, but there was something about this. The ability to be crass, the ability to drop the f-bomb on occasion, the ability to say ‘c*ck,’ that felt real to me. It felt like the world I actually live in with my friends and my family. Maybe that sounds bad.”


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So when you hear Heigl talk dirty in the film, that’s the real Katherine. “For me I kind of talk like that all the time anyway, so it wasn’t hard. I try to actually reign that in a bit. So that was very freeing for me. I could just kind of be me. I love raunchy humor, I just do, and I don’t know why. I should probably get a little more sophisticated but I just think it’s hilarious and it’s what makes me laugh the hardest and the most. I’m not terribly precious about that sort of stuff. Unless you’re going really far, and then it’s still funny.”

Fans of Heigl’s main gig, as Izzie on Grey’s Anatomy, may still see hints of the Heigl they know in this raunchy version. “I definitely want to go out and explore different personalities of people. But at the end of the day, I used to have this conversation with other actors, I feel like on television it’s really hard to divorce me completely from the role. It’s nine months a year, it’s every day, and sometimes it’s an 80 hour week. It’s the way I walk, the way I talk, the way I dress, sure. It’s going to slip in there. I can’t completely remove that. I thought in the film I maybe could. I don’t think I can. Me is always going to show up in these roles, something is always going to surface. And so yeah, they’re not Izzie but there is a distance cousin sort of analogy. I think it will always be a little bit like that.”

The Ugly Truth opens to theaters on July 24th.

For the trailers, posters and more movie info, go to the The Ugly Truth Movie Page.

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