Katherine Heigl: “I Was Raised To Believe That Family Comes First”


Actress Katherine Heigl covers the September issue of Good Housekeeping and opens up about life on an idyllic ranch in Utah with her husband Josh Kelley and their two daughters: Naleigh (a 5-year-old “princess through and through”) and Adalaide (“a totally laugh-y typical 2-year-old, running around like a madwoman”).

On starring on Grey’s Anatomy after adopting Naleigh in 2009: “I would come home angry and frustrated that I’d missed everything with my kid that day. I didn’t get to wake her up from her nap, or do bath time or bedtime. I’d have to sneak into her room and kiss her when she was sleeping, hoping not to wake her up. I felt like my priorities were messed up. I was putting so much time and energy into just my work, but I was raised [to believe] that family comes first.” 

On living in Utah: “We had big dreams of expanding our family, moving to the mountains and having a quieter life. Utah is spectacularly beautiful, the people are wonderful and kind, it’s an easy commute from L.A. — and there’s no traffic!”

On adopting Adalaide from Louisiana in 2012: “We brought her home, and right away Naleigh was like a little mommy. She’d say, ‘No, no. You’re not holding her right.’ Or, ‘She needs to eat again.’ I’d be like, ‘Would you back off? Just give me a minute!’ Naleigh would go off to her ballet classes and other stuff, and I would sit with the baby at home. I would read, and she would lie on my chest, and we’d lie on the couch with, like, four dogs and watch Friday Night Lights.”

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  1. Anna23

    What a really cute photo and Adalaide has gotten so big.

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  3. Janna

    Such a happy group of ladies!

  4. SiervaMaria

    Never watched GA or much of anything she’s ever been in and so don’t know that side of her but what I’ve observed from she and her husband, they seem to be a really solid couple and genuinely in love with their kids. The girls are two pretty and precious sweeties.

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