No More Blonde Jokes at Heigl's Expense

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In the pilot episode of Grey's Anatomy, Dr. Izzie Stevens begs to be taken seriously as a doctor, not stereotyped as just a hot blonde.

She eventually earned respect -- and the actress who portrays her, Katherine Heigl, won the same battle with her performances at season's end.

At the end of Season Two, a heartbreaking story line in which transplant patient and Izzie love interest Denny Duquette (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) dies has given Heigl the status she has sought to attain as a proven actress.

"For me in this industry, I think it helped people to see me as more than just a face or a body, which was very gratifying. I have waited probably my entire career to do something more with what I have than just what people expect," Heigl told the New York Daily News.

The 27-year-old actress and model previously starred on the WB's Roswell, and has nearly a dozen film credits to her name. But the emotional scenes on Grey's Anatomy, especially the climactic one in which Izzie arrived to see Denny after his successful heart transplant only to find he had died from medical complications, took her to another level.

The powerful scene came from a real place, Heigl said. Her older brother died when she was seven, and the Connecticut native used those memories, and her family's stories, to capture what she imagined Izzie's emotional response would be.

"He was 15. A week from his 16th birthday, and he was in a car accident," Katherine said. "It's one of those things that pretty much devastates an entire family for years and years, and then it changes the entire dynamic for the rest of your life... Everything is different forever now. But I have an amazing family, and I think that we have lived with it gracefully."

No More Blonde Jokes at Heigl's Expense
Izzie ended the season so devastated by Denny's death and her own role in it (she broke numerous medical, and perhaps ethical codes of conduct in getting him the donor heart in the first place) that she walked away from her surgical career. People have since been asking Heigl how, or if, Izzie will come back to SGH.

"I almost don't think she should. Because I don't think this is what she can do. She is too emotionally attached. She's never going to sacrifice a piece of her soul to be a better surgeon. She just doesn't have that in her," Heigl said. "And I think the end of the season was the culmination of a year-and-a-half internship of not being able to remove herself, and it just imploded on her."

Even so, Heigl, who recently got engaged to singer Josh Kelley, admits being frustrated herself by some of her character's actions. She, along with millions of fans, wants to ask Izzie:

"Why did you cut the wires? You couldn't have thought of anything better than that?"

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.


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I think that Katherine Heigl did such an amazing job in the season finale!..she truley is an amazing actress and i really felt for Izzy...Katherine totally desearved to win an emmy! maybe nexy year :D


katherine heigl is an amazing actress... she totally deserves an emmy!!! she plays izzie so well. i also think she and t.r. have an adorable friendship on and off-screen.


Am sorry for her, she don't know what she wont.
Take control of your live.


Well i think she was only trying to do the best she could think of at the moment witch turned out to be a horribly bad choice


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

[narrating] "At some point, you have to make a decision. Boundaries don't keep other people out, they fence you in. Life is messy, that's how we're made. So you can waste your life drawing lines or you can live your life crossing them. But there are some lines that are way too dangerous to cross. Here's what I know. If you're willing to throw caution to the wind and take a chance, the view from the other side... is spectacular."


Richard: Chin up. Put your shoulders back, walk proud, strut a little. Don't lick your wounds: celebrate them. The scars you bear are the signs of a competitor. You're in a lion fight, Stevens. Just because you didn't win doesn't mean you don't know how to roar.