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Killers – Katherine Heigl on keeping secrets

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Jen Kornfeldt (Katherine Heigl) © Lionsgate

Known on television for her roles in Roswell and Grey’s Anatomy, Katherine Heigl’s movie career took off with the comedy Knocked Up, and has continue through many romantic comedies, including 27 Dresses and The Ugly Truth.

Her new movie, Killers, is a romantic comedy/auctioneer with the actress starring as Jen, a young girl who falls in love with a mysterious man named Spencer (Ashton Kutcher) whom she meets in Nice. They marry, and three years later, in a quiet suburban neighborhood in California, all hell breaks loose when it appears that someone his trying to kill her husband – who it turns out was an international spy and hit man.

Katherine Heigl spoke of the movie, keeping secrets and finding true love at the press junket for the film.

What was the appealed to you about doing this movie?

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Jen Kornfeldt (Katherine Heigl) with a gun © Lionsgate

I’ve obviously been doing a few romantic comedies, and what I loved about this particular romantic comedy was that it had the added element of action, so it was a slightly different take on the formula. Although I love the formula and I will continue, hopefully, until I’m too old to do romantic comedies, this just had an energy and an aspect that made it unique.

Can you talk a little about your character, Jen?

Jen is a little bit geeky, a little nerdy, she’s a computer, science, kind of techno gal, and she’s a little bit tragic because I think she’s been in a lot of really bad relationships. The last guy, she caught him cheating on her with her friend, and they were pretty serious.

I loved being the broad character to Ashton’s straight guy. It was really fun to not be the straight guy for a change, and Ashton made it really fun and easy to do. When I saw the movie, I was very entertained, and that’s hard to do when you’re in it because that takes you out of it. With this movie, I just had such a good time watching it and thought, ‘That’s exactly what we were going for. I love it!’

It’s kind of an outrageous yet still realistic look at marriage and what a marriage can go through. The thing I loved the most is the humor, and the surprising ending. I don’t think anyone will see it coming.

What was Ashton like to work with?

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Jen Kornfeldt (Katherine Heigl) and Spencer Aimes (Ashton Kutcher) © Lionsgate

There are so many reasons why Ashton is so great for this role, and my favorite is his comedy and his timing and how genius he is at that. It was really hard not to screw up takes laughing. Trying to be serious when he’s funny and witty was a challenge.

Everybody in this movie has secrets. Do you think it’s a good idea to sometimes keep secrets in a relationship, or should you never do that?

Unfortunately, I have a very difficult time keeping secrets, which is evident in any interview with me you’ve ever read! So, I don’t really have any, and I don’t think my husband does. I think that everybody has a right to their own thoughts, their own feelings and their own private moments, if they want them.

If my husband had a second wife in Spain; that would probably be too big a secret to keep! But, if he’s using Rogaine, that’s okay, he doesn’t have to tell me.

How do you know that you’ve met the right person?

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Jen Kornfeldt (Katherine Heigl) © Lionsgate

I think it’s better to find somebody who’s worse at everything than you. It just makes you constantly feel so good about yourself. And then, you can constantly talk about how good you are at everything, and how terrible they are at everything. (She laughs) No. My husband is better at most everything than I am.

What I loved about this film, in particular, was that, with Jen and Spencer, Spencer is a sophisticated guy who has seen the world and done all these things that are beyond her understanding or reality, and she’s just dorky. She doesn’t know she’s dorky, but she just is. She’s living in her own skin.

She has a moment where she tries to be sophisticated to match this amazing man that she’s met, and then she gives it up pretty quickly, and that’s, ultimately, what he loves about her. That is certainly my relationship. What makes it so spectacularly wonderful is that my husband loves all the things that everyone else would find ridiculous, silly or dorky.

That’s when you know you’ve found the right person.

Are there any great comic leading ladies that you look at for inspiration?

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Jen Kornfeldt (Katherine Heigl) and Spencer Aimes (Ashton Kutcher) © Lionsgate

Yeah. There are so many beautifully comedic and wonderful actresses, like Shirley MacLaine.

My friend, TR Knight (from ER), was so jealous that I got to work in this with Tom Selleck and Catherine O’Hara, the comedic genius.

What are you most grateful for, in your career and in your life?

In my career, I’m very grateful for the opportunities. I feel very fortunate.

I can’t stop trying to take them all. It’s awesome. In my life, I’m very, very grateful for my family and for my friends.

Over the past couple of years, I’ve found nothing more grounding, safe and constant than my friends and family, and I’m very grateful to be a mom. It’s changed my whole perspective, in a very good way.

There’s lots to be grateful for.