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Katherine Heigl: Actress, Mom… and Animal Rescuer

Heigl on Holly in "Life As We Know It"

Heigl got a lot of flack for criticizing the character she played in Knocked Up as "humorless and uptight" in an interview with Vanity Fair, but says all the roles she's played in the past 10 years have reflected some aspect of her personality. Most like her, she thinks, was Holly in Life as We Know It. Holly winds up sharing guardianship of a toddler with a seemingly incompatible dude (played by Josh Duhamel) when the girl's parents, their respective best friends, die in a car crash.

"She's the closest to who I am when I'm at my best," Heigl muses. "She was strong, independent, but had a lot of compassion and heart. She could be controlling and uptight when things got stressful, but she was honest about herself and able to change."

Would Heigl want her two daughters to follow in their parents' footsteps and pursue a career in acting or music? She's torn. "Both are tough industries to break into and can be full of rejection and criticism, but if they have passion for it like Josh and I do, I would never deny them taking their shot," she says. "I might try encouraging law school or med school first, though, and see if it takes!"

Heigl's favorite bonding time with her human and furry family is in the evening, stretched out on the sofa in the media room that was Heigl's dream for their Utah house, watching animated movies. "The dogs are sofa dogs, so they're all up in my grill," she laughs. "Part of me wishes I hadn't allowed that, but it's too late now. Everyone gets kissed and petted and loved."

Adjusting to Adoption

Heigl and Kelley were among more than 1,000 U.S. families who adopted children from South Korea in 2009. Just two years later, there were only 736 such adoptions -- and the number will continue to drop as South Korea phases out international adoptions.

Many other countries have also slowed adoptions to the United States. Now, many children adopted from overseas have medical needs, and even those who don't are at least toddler age, says Abbie Smith, LCSW, director of clinical social services at Holt International Children's Services. "Almost all the kids coming home now are at least 18 months, and that changes the whole ball game," she says. "They've left everything they know: the smells, the sounds, the food of their culture, all the people in their lives."

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