If the Hollywood buzz is sawing right, Katherine Heigl is about to slice off a chunk of movie stardom. This month she's starring in the new Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin) comedy, Knocked Up. But the Connecticut-bred charmer cut her way into our hearts as Izzie Stevens, the earnest intern on ABC's smash hit Greys Anatomy, and earned her BGF overnight by famously taking a Greys costar to task for some homophobic comments. Here the outspoken actress talks about her BFF (our cover boy, T.R. Knight, of course!), her frustration with the f word, and her yen to have a gay kid--just not for a while
So is there a challenge to starring in a movie called Knocked Up?
Well, Judd Apatow likes to do a lot of improvising. And I've never really improvised before. I'm used to following a script and doing what they tell me to do! It took me a good couple weeks to find my footing and feel confident enough to throw the improvised jokes like all the big guys on set.
You and your pal T. R. are very close. What's the connection there?
We've tried to figure it out on occasion, like, "Why are we such good friends? Why does it work so well?" I gravitated toward him right from the beginning. He has just the best sense of humor, and he's really fun to be around. After a 14-hour day you need someone to make you laugh.
How do you guys make each other laugh?
It's evolved into a very sort of crazy, bantering, physically threatening friendship. We constantly fake-fight. It's almost like I am with my brother or my sister. There's a lot of camaraderie there. Look, I know I can push the envelope with him more than with anyone else because he gets me and gets my sense of humor. We definitely have a lot of common ideas too. I mean, we fight like in any other relationship in your life. But I can be totally who I am with him, and he can be totally himself with me. There's love there no matter what.
When he came out, were you relieved for him?
I was terrified for him. The fact is that I was scared for T.R. when he came out--that he would be ridiculed, that he would be picked on, that he would ostracized--all the reasons why people don't come out. But I was so proud of his strength. It's such a cliche to say this, but he handled it courageously. It's also one of those things where I think, Well, it's nobody's business who you are really. You're just an actor in a world where you can make-believe. Why should people have that piece of you? Why should they get to know that?
Would you like to see more famous gays and lesbians come out?
It's such a personal thing that I would never want to judge or say that I think somebody should do something. They know their own souls and lives better than anyone else. …