Katherine Heigl: I Was 'Angry' as a Working Mom
That's why she quit 'Grey's Anatomy' in 2010
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2014 10:54 AM CDT
In this photo released by PMK/HBH on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, actress Katherine Heigl and her husband Josh Kelley pose with daughter Naleigh on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009.   (AP Photo/Cheyenne Ellis, PMK-HBH)

(Newser) – Katherine Heigl is on Good Housekeeping's September cover, and inside the issue she reflects on why she quit Grey's Anatomy back in 2010. She and husband Josh Kelley had just adopted daughter Naleigh, now 5, the year prior, and soon after she arrived, Heigl was working on a movie shoot. "I would come home angry and frustrated that I'd missed everything with my kid that day," she says. "I didn't get to wake her up from her nap, or do bath time or bedtime. I'd have to sneak into her room and kiss her when she was sleeping, hoping not to wake her up."

"I felt like my priorities were messed up," she continues. "I was putting so much time and energy into just my work, but I was raised [to believe] that family comes first." So she took a few "glorious" months of family leave from Grey's, which made her realize she needed to exit the show entirely. In 2012, the family adopted Adalaide, now 2. "Naleigh would go off to her ballet classes and other stuff, and I would sit with the baby at home. I would read, and she would lie on my chest, and we'd lie on the couch with, like, four dogs, and watch Friday Night Lights," Heigl says. "I found it so peaceful."

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Aug 6, 2014 2:18 PM CDT
The viewing public is angry at her for trying to act, even though she is terrible at it. Seen her movies? Good thing on Grey's there were others' to hide her incompetence. Rhino to the rescue!!!
Aug 6, 2014 2:08 PM CDT
Good for her. I just never understood when two parents are in the spotlight that they claim their marriage fell apart because of conflicting schedules. Then you shouldn't marry and settle down in the first place. Unless you are willing to set aside personal ambition. Nothing is more important than family life.
Aug 6, 2014 2:01 PM CDT
Rhino must have his horn stuck firmly up Ms Heigl's butt.