"You are the olive to every single one of my martinis. Everything in my life is just that much more extraordinary because of you.” the 44-year-old shared.
Katherine Heigl recently revealed how grateful she is to have had her mother Nancy Heigl by her side as she navigated through the tough world of Hollywood. According to PEOPLE the Life As We Know It star has been married to singer Josh Kelley since 2007; the pair has three children. After her rise to fame thanks to Grey’s Anatomy, the 44-year-old also starred in popular films like The Ugly Truth and 27 Dresses. Through it all, she confessed it was her mother who helped her through her career. “She has protected me my whole career, and many, many young women in Hollywood did not have what I had,” she told TODAY. “And I was really, really fortunate because we were chatting about it, and I said, ‘Mom, I think if you hadn’t been there, it would not have gone so well for me.’ I think I would’ve very easily been talked into things that I would not — that I would regret.”
Heigl also admitted that her mother was more aware of the business side of things unlike her. “It’s a difficult industry. There’s a lot of money at stake, and there’s a lot of agendas,” she said. “And so having somebody whose only agenda was me, protecting me, it is special. And she’s very smart, she’s very business savvy. That’s not really my thing.”
Heigl had some kind words for her mom in a 2020 post paying tribute to Nancy on Mother's Day. She captioned a fun snap of the two, "Anyone who’s ever met Nancy Heigl knows she is extraordinary. A few, very few, would say an extraordinary pain in the a**. But she takes pride in that. Like they say, well behaved women never make history. Some people would say she’s extraordinarily brave. Some would say she’s extraordinarily kind. Some would say she’s extraordinarily generous. Some would say she’s extraordinarily fierce. Some would say she’s extraordinarily smart. Some would say she’s extraordinarily loving. I would say she’s all of the above."
She went on to call her mother "my mentor, my protector, my nurturer, my friend and my partner every one of my 41 years. All the best parts of me I’ve borrowed from her. Until I had enough strength to make them my own. Love doesn’t seem big enough a word for how I feel for my mother but it will have to do. I love you mom. You are the olive to every single one of my martinis. Everything in my life is just that much more extraordinary because of you."
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