The Life As We Know It star admits that when she first met her adopted daughter, they were both “kind of scared,” and her first thought was, “Oh, my God, I hope I do this right.”
When Katherine Heigl and husband Josh Kelley adopted their daughter Naleigh in September 2009, their lives changed forever. “When she was finally in my arms, I was so relieved… now I got to hold her and smell her and know her,” Katherine says in the new issue of Redbook. “Adoption has been a part of my life and a part of my family, so it was how I wanted to start. It felt natural and right to me.” Katherine’s older sister Meg was adopted from Korea, just like her niece Naleigh, who is named after her!
The actress is very impressed with the way her musician husband has adjusted to fatherhood! “He’s a great dad. I didn’t expect it: He’s such a guy… I adore him, I can’t imagine being with another man, but he can be very self-absorbed,” she reveals. “Not in an egomaniacal way, just kind of in his own head and unfocused on anything other than his own stuff. So I was really surprised by how on top of it and how connected he is.”
She says that they’re a team when it comes to looking after Naleigh. “I’m not like, ‘Did you get the sippy cup? Did you get the diapers? Did you get the Cheerios?’ I can’t imagine not having a total equal partner in this.”
And it looks like Naleigh will have a sibling soon. “We still talk about having biological children as well — I’m not ruling anything out,” Katherine says.
Katherine admits that filming the movie Life As We Know It– which hits theaters Friday– was a bit of a blur, as she was adjusting to being a new mommy at the same time she shot it. But she has found a way to balance life in the spotlight and life at home. “I still don’t necessarily always know what I am doing, and I certainly didn’t then,” she says. “If I spread myself too thin, I’m not a good actor, I’m not a good mother, and I’m just really high-strung — and everybody hates me.”
Well Katherine, we know that’s not true, and all you have to do is look at your daughter to see how loved you are!