While the actress portrays a woman who has been the proverbial second banana at a wedding multiple times in the upcoming comedy, 27 Dresses, Heigl just got hitched to singer Josh Kelley over the holidays and...
"I've only been a bridesmaid twice in real life," she told the Chicago Sun-Times of her new role. In the film she plays Jane, the perennial bridesmaid whose sister announces she's getting married. Moreover, she's marrying the man Jane secretly loves (Edward Burns).
Heigl said she knows plenty of Jane types, women who are givers to the extreme.
"I've met and known women like her. They have taken a back seat to what everyone else wants. These women don't really go after their own happiness.
"What I loved about Jane was the progression of her character. She starts out as this doormat. But there are very clear and honest reasons for it. Her mother died when she was a little girl.
"Now her sister is getting married to George. She doesn't go after George because she is his assistant and works for him. It would be unprofessional. At the same time, it's easier to turn your back than proclaim your love for somebody and then be turned down. She has sort of chosen the path of least resistance for herself and ends up hurting."
During one scene in 27 Dresses, Jane is at two weddings in one night.
"What I love about the film is that it's really exaggerated," Heigl said. "I can't imagine anyone ever really doing that because it's close to impossible. There is no way she could have gotten back for both electric slides at both weddings. But it was a really fun idea."