Katherine Heigl Impresses Critics, Writers

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We've talked about how Izzie's grief has been one of the central themes of Season 3 so far, and how actress Katherine Heigl (right) continues to warrant and draw rave reviews with a raw, emotional portrayal of the intern.

She may not have the most lines, but Izzie, in her response to the tragic death of Denny Duquette, is stealing the show.

Here's what the media and Katherine's own producers are saying about her efforts in last week's episode, "What I Am," and about her commendable achievement of playing a character enduring such heart-wrenching pain throughout the season:


"Again, Katherine Heigl is amazing here. She sits, cradling the phone, tears silently streaming down her face. Katherine Heigl is doing such an excellent job making Izzie look lost and numb. It’s heartbreaking."

-- The Arizona Daily Star

"Katherine Heigl, in her quiet way, owned this episode: She didn't have so many lines, but has she ever been better? Something interesting and gloomy was washing over her face throughout the show. This was Heigl's best, most convincing grieving of the series."

-- Entertainment Weekly

"... This episode for me was really a chance to deal with the things that had been haunting me all summer. Especially Izzie. I’d been pretty worried about her, you see. She was in such pain when we left her. And let me tell you, I watched that final scene in Denny’s room where she wouldn’t get out of the bed more times than is probably normal for someone who WROTE the thing. I couldn’t help it -- Katie Heigl’s amazing performance sucks me in every single time."

-- Shonda Rhimes, Grey's Anatomy Creator & Executive Producer

"... I love Katie’s performance -- like she hasn’t slept in days. Like baking has replaced sleep and it’s all she can do to move her facial muscles and form words. 'Cause in my experience that is what it’s like when people you love suddenly die. I love that she’s not afraid to go there. You just don’t find that many beautiful actresses working in prime time TV willing to spend an entire episode without any makeup -- know what I mean?"

-- Krista Vernoff, Grey's Anatomy Producer & Writer

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Katie Heigl is amazing. The best thing about Grey's.


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Heigl? Hah, she sucks.


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

Burke was- He took something from me. He took little pieces of me, little pieces over time, so small I didn't even notice, you know? He wanted me to be something I wasn't, and I made myself into what he wanted. One day I was me Cristina Yang, and then suddenly I was lying for him, and jeopardizing my career, and agreeing to be married and wearing a ring, and being a bride. Until I was standing there in a wedding dress with no eyebrows, and I wasn't Cristina Yang anymore. And even then, I would've married him. I would have. I lost myself for a long time. And now that I'm finally me again, I can't. I love you. I love you more than I loved Burke. I love you. And that scares the crap out of me because when you asked me to ignore Teddy's page, you took a piece of me, and I let you. And that will never happen again.