After marrying singer-songwriter Josh Kelley in 2007, Katherine Heigl says they started discussing family plans inspired by her sister, who was adopted from South Korea.
“My family had its own unique look,” the former Grey's Anatomy actress says.
“I wanted the one I began with my husband to have the same look, in a way.”
The couple adopted daughter Naleigh, now 5, in 2009, and Heigl soon found herself caught up in balancing her new baby girl and being a working mom.
“I would come home angry and frustrated that I’d missed everything with my kid that day,” she recalls in an interview with Good Housekeeping.
“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.”
Eventually, the desire to spend time with her child was too strong and Heigl took a leave of absence, before signing off permanently, from Grey’s.
“I felt like my priorities were messed up. I was putting so much time and energy into just my work, but I was raised [to believe] that family comes first,” Heigl says.
The star, who returns to TV this fall in NBC’s State of Affairs, welcomed home a second adopted daughter, Adalaide, from Louisiana two years ago.
Now the family of four reside in Utah, where the couple got married six and a half years ago, and Heigl can’t envision raising her children anywhere else.
“We had big dreams of expanding our family, moving to the mountains and having a quieter life," Katherine Heigl says of the Kelley clan's future.