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‘I have never been fixed up for dates’

Katherine Heigl on bad dates, playing matchmaker and why being a new mom in real life helped her deal with babies on-screen.

entertainment Updated: Jan 06, 2011 16:02 IST
Priyanka Jain

Katherine Heigl, best known for her roles in The Ugly Truth, The Killers and 27 Dresses, says her friends have never fixed her up for dates. She does admit to having had “plenty of awkward moments” on her dates though. Narrating one incident, Heigl says, “I have had a couple of bad dates, but the worst was when I was eighteen, twenty pounds heavier, trying real hard to work it off at the gym.... And my trainer asked me out. He was trying too hard to get my attention and it was kind of uncomfortable to be working out there, so I changed my gym.”

Life As You Know It, a romantic comedy which releases this Friday, starts off with Heigl and Josh Duhamel (of Transformers fame) having a disastrous first date. After that, they begin to hate each other, but share love for their god-daughter, Sophie, who becomes the reason for their coming together again. Heigl adds, “We juggle our careers and competing social calendars, to find common ground while living under one roof.”

During the shoot, the protagonists would share stories of their own worst fix-ups, reveals Heigl. She adds, “I once even tried to hook up two friends of mine. It happened recently so I am not sure if they have ended up together yet.” Directed by Greg Berlanti (TV’s Brothers & Sisters), the film was shot in Atlanta where Heigl had also shot for The Killers earlier. She says, “I love Atlanta as I have my extended family here. I had a great time because there’s a big Neiman Marcus store right across hotel and lots of fabulous restaurants where I gorged on food.”

When Heigl started shooting, she was also a new mother in real life. She says that helped her draw parallels on the set. She says, “I was living on-camera what I was living in my life. I had just become familiar holding and comforting a child. If they’re cranky or uncomfortable, the more uptight you get, the more uptight you’re going to make them. So, we had to do a lot of breathing exercises and just stay calm. The movie is a living journal, it reminds me of those first few months with my nine-month-old baby, who was so new to me, and I was so new to her.”