Katherine Heigl

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Name: Katherine Marie Heigl
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Occupation: actress, model
Medium: TV, movies
Works: Roswell, Grey's Anatomy, Suits
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Katherine Heigl is an American actress and former model. She is best known for her roles as Isabel Evans on Roswell (1999-2002), Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens on Grey's Anatomy (2005-2010) and Samantha Wheeler on Suits (2018-2019). She also starred in the movies Knocked Up (2007) and 27 Dresses (2008).


A search for "Katherine Heigl" on Archive on Our Own yields 36 results.[1] There are two stories in which Heigl is paired with her real-life husband Josh Kelley, both by the same author.[2] In other RPFs she is paired with Ellen Pompeo, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kate Walsh, Patrick Dempsey and Eliza Dushku.


In a 2008 interview with Vanity Fair, Heigl called the movie Knocked Up, in which she starred in 2007, "a little sexist":[3]

It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys. It exaggerated the characters, and I had a hard time with it, on some days. I'm playing such a bitch; why is she being such a killjoy? Why is this how you're portraying women? Ninety-eight percent of the time it was an amazing experience, but it was hard for me to love the movie.

Also in 2008, Heigl opted out of the Emmy race, after winning the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Izzie Stevens in 2007. She said it was because

I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination and in an effort to maintain the integrity of the academy organization, I withdrew my name from contention. [...] In addition, I did not want to potentially take away an opportunity from an actress who was given such materials.[4]

Heigl was criticized for her comments as it was seen as a slight against the writers of Grey's Anatomy and a ploy to get out of her contract with the show. Creator Shonda Rhimes said that she did not feel insulted by Heigl's comments and that the character Izzie Stevens was in fact downplayed during the fifth season of the show as Heigl had asked for a lighter schedule. However, in 2012, Rhimes said:

On some level it stung and on some level I was not surprised. [...] When people show you who they are, believe them. I carry that [mantra] with me a lot. It has served me well.[5]

Heigl later apologized for her comments.[6]