Child Acting and Television Breakthrough
Katherine Marie Heigl was born on November 24, 1978 in Washington, D.C., United States to personnel manager Nancy and financial executive and accountant Paul Heigl. She lived in Virginia and Denver before her family settled in Connecticut. Her modeling career began at the age of nine when her aunt sent photos of her with her parents’ consent to some modeling agencies.
After a few weeks, she was signed with Wilhelmina Models as a child model. During her time as a child model, she was earning $75 an hour modeling for Sears and Lord & Taylor catalogs. She made her national television debut for a Cheerios cereal commercial.
In 1992, at the age of 14, she made her acting debut in the film That Night. The following year, she appeared as Christina Sebastian in Steven Soderbergh’s King of the Hill. In 1994, she gained further recognition for her first leading role in the movie My Father the Hero, for which she was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Performance by a Young Actress Starring in a Motion Picture.
During this period, she continued to study at New Canaan High School. She eventually dropped out after her sophomore year to further concentrate on her acting career. In 1995, she co-starred with Steven Seagal in Under Siege 2: Dark Territory.
Despite receiving more acting roles, she still modeled prolifically, appearing regularly in magazines such as Seventeen. In 1996, she landed the lead role in the Disney TV film Wish Upon a Star. Following her high school graduation in 1997, she moved to Malibu Canyon, California with her mother, who also became her manager.
She next appeared as Shannon Griffin in 1998’s Bug Buster. Later that year, she starred in Bride of Chucky. Her big break came in 1999 after being cast as Isabel Evans in the series Roswell, for which she was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress.
During her time with Roswell, she also appeared in the movies 100 Girls and Valentine. In 2003, she starred in three made-for-television films: Critical Assembly, Vegas Dick and Love Comes Softly. That same year, she also starred in the film Descendant. In 2005, she starred in and served as the executive producer for the movie Side Effects.
It was also in 2005 that she was cast for the role of Dr. Isobel “Izzie” Stevens in the medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. Her performance was critically lauded that she garnered several nominations for her role, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film in 2007 and 2008. She also won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2007.
She then went on to star in the films The Ringer, Zyzzyx Road and Caffeine in the mid 2000s. Zyzzyx Road was a box office bomb, becoming the lowest grossing film of all time. In 2007, she played Alison Scott in Judd Apatow’s comedy film Knocked Up, alongside Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann and Seth Rogen. The movie garnered positive reviews from critics and was a blockbuster hit as well.
She next appeared in 27 Dresses, for which she was paid $6 million to do, opposite James Marsden. The film received mixed reception but proved to be a box office success. In 2008, she was named the Most Desirable Woman by AskMen.com. Her next film was 2009’s The Ugly Truth opposite Gerard Butler. Made on a budget of $38 million, the film went on to earn $205 million at the worldwide box office.
Recent Films and Plastic Surgery
During the next few years, she starred in the feature films Killers (2010), Life as We Know It (2010), New Year’s Eve (2011), One for the Money (2012) and The Big Wedding (2013). She also lent her voice for the film The Nut Job. Her upcoming movies in 2014 are North of Hell and Jenny’s Wedding.
With her soaring career, the subject of plastic surgery is something that people will try to associate to Heigl, especially if there’s a reason to. Since the 35-year-old actress has begun her career in the show business at an early age, some people remember how she was as a younger woman and how different she is now.
Old photos also suggest that Heigl had a smaller cup size compared to her now fuller breasts. This alone prompted some people to believe that she went under the knife to improve her body. If some are convinced that she’s had something done, others believe that she’s all natural. The actress, however, hasn’t confirmed anything yet nor has she shared what her thoughts on plastic surgery are.