Katherine Heigl Covers InStyle

Gracing the cover of the October issue of InStyle magazine, Katherine Heigl opens up about being a mom to her 20-month-old daughter Naleigh.

The Life As We Know It actress talks about the adjustment period after she and her husband Josh Kelley adopted baby Naleigh from South Korea last year.

“The first thing she said was, ‘Dada,’ and then she’d call everybody else she loved ‘Dada,'” Katherine reveals. “She actually attached to Josh (Kelley) much faster.”

The former Grey’s Anatomy star admits she felt a little left out, but of course Naleigh soon added ‘Mama’ to her vocabulary, too.

“Naleigh learned with me that the word ‘Mama’ was synonymous with kisses,” she explains. “So when she first started saying, ‘Mama,’ she would also make a little kiss sound … She started saying it maybe a month or two ago. I would come into the room and she’d go, ‘Mama!’ And it was like, Thank God.”

Katherine adds that, as a working mom, connecting with her new daughter wasn’t easy.

“I had a lot of complicated emotions about it because I chose to go back to work,” she says. “I love what I do and – this isn’t just making excuses – if I weren’t fulfilling this thing in me to perform, to live out my passion, I don’t know that I would be the mom I need to be.”

Looking back, the actress says she experienced the same anxiety a lot of new moms feel.

“There’s this thing where, as a new mother, you’re just constantly going, Am I doing this right? Am I handling this right? Am I playing with her enough? Should I be talking to her more? You’re just nervous, so you’re almost creating more drama than is necessary.”

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Or perhaps because sometimes children have abandonment issues (yes, even infants) that lead them to attach more quickly to one parent over another. Or perhaps maybe because her husband was able to take more time off work to spend with Naleigh.

But I’m sure you’re right and it’s because Katherine Heigl, who went through the intense scrutiny required to adopt, is actually a terrible person and horrible mom.


Or maybe she’s a Daddy’s girl : ). My daughters were.


Heigl looks cold but she did a good thing to adopt and give home to a child.