Katherine Heigl, bold and beautiful,
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It's also the antithesis to Hollywood. But then, Katherine Heigl (Katie to her friends) has always marched to the beat of her own drum.
Within a year of landing a role on the hit show Grey's Anatomy, Heigl was branded "outspoken" when she jumped to the defence of Grey's colleague and friend T.R. Knight when their co-star Isaiah Washington called him a "faggot" before he had officially come out.
When she was promoting Knocked Up, she dubbed it "slightly sexist". She described 27 Dresses as "a piece of fluff".
Heigl ended up being criticised herself. She was called ungrateful but she was just being honest.
"It really kind of depresses me," she says. "Because this is obviously not a standard in Hollywood and maybe we should make it one. Maybe we should be a little more honest because people appreciate it. Ask me anything.".
OK, back to orgasms then. Does she think the real power in a relationship comes from men never knowing whether a woman's orgasm is real or not and therefore it's a way to keep them on their toes?
"That's a great idea," she laughs. "Maybe this is too much information but Josh insists he can tell the difference," she says, referring to her musician husband, Josh Kelley, whom she married in 2007.
The subject came up because in her latest film, The Ugly Truth, there's a moment that might become one of the most memorable orgasm scenes in movie history even more memorable than Meg Ryan's breathy performance in When Harry Met Sally.
In the film (described as a sexcom because it's raunchier than a romcom), Heigl plays Abby, a television producer who takes an instant dislike to Mike Chadwick (Gerard Butler), the host of the station's highest-rating show, The Ugly Truth.
The show consists of Chadwick telling women what men want. He's crude and rude but when she discovers his macho intuition works, she enlists his help to win over her sexy neighbour.
"I loved it because I'm 30 now and my girlfriends are 30. This is a relatable story for us," Heigl says. "We're all at that place in our lives where, if we haven't met that guy, we're wondering what the hell we're doing wrong."
Heigl met Mr Right in 2005, when she was cast in Kelley's music video, Only You. It took him a little longer to realise she was Miss Right. She thinks he was playing it "a bit cooler", which is what she would normally do. But she was so certain about him she took the bull by the horns and asked him out.
Ad Feedback She told Britain's The Times newspaper: "He was everything I was looking for, or needed, or wanted in my life.
"I'd been through enough relationships to understand myself better. I knew what it was I needed from someone, so it's not a waste of everybody's time."
Heigl doesn't like to waste time, or waste happiness. The youngest of four siblings, she has a brother named Holt and a sister, Meg. She was seven when her other brother, Jason, was killed in a car accident. When she was 20, her mother, Nancy, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She endured nine months of chemo and a mastectomy and is now cancer-free.
Mother and daughter are impossibly close. Heigl dedicated her 2007 Emmy to her. Nancy is also her manager and they have a production company together.
For Heigl, producing means power and after 18 years in the business she started modelling at nine before making her first feature at 14 it's understandable that she wants to call the shots.
It's a lot of work and, given her desire for children, she's wondering how she will juggle it.
"I don't want to give up my career," she says. "And I don't want Josh to. I've been really, really lucky because my husband is super supportive. He'd never ask me to compromise that so I could be home to make him dinner. It is 2009, after all."
But Heigl does admit she's always wanted to have children. Then the comedian in her raises her head and she starts on Hollywood's fixation with size zero.
"I know I'm curvy, so it's a club I don't belong to but I am warning you now I am not going to be one of those chicks who doesn't look fat from behind. I'm going to look pregnant all over, from my toes up," she jokes.
Before we finish up, Heigl wants to know whether the women in the audience liked the film.
I tell her that a few thought it could have been raunchier. "Are you kidding?" she splutters, then adds, referring to Butler's line in the film: "How is, 'Put my d*** in your a**' not raunchy?" You really can't help but like the girl.
The interview was to have taken place at the Four Seasons Hotel, Beverley Hills, but on the day in question, there was a bomb scare and everyone had to be evacuated. Heigl took it all in her stride, relocating interviews to a little restaurant in the street behind the hotel.
She wore a pair of black Thierry Mugler slacks topped with a black short-sleeve shirt and a straw fedora-style hat. Heigl left the hat on during the interview but a few wisps of hair escaped and it was obvious she was sporting a darker shade for her next role, in Five Killers.