Katherine Heigl plays for laughs in "27 Dresses"

Tue Jan 15, 2008 11:48am EST
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By Nichola Groom

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - She won an Emmy for her role in the serious-minded television hospital drama "Grey's Anatomy" but Hollywood's newest "it" girl, Katherine Heigl, says she would rather be making audiences laugh than cry.

The 29-year-old actress, who plays Dr. Izzie Stevens on the hit ABC medical show, says her real strength is in quirky, lighthearted roles like the one in upcoming film "27 Dresses."

"The best time I have is doing comedy," Heigl said. "It's the thing I love the most, the thing I'm the most passionate about. Not to say I don't ever want to do drama but as long as I can sort of ride this horse, I'm going to."

Luckily for Heigl, the comedy horse has taken her far in the past year. Her role as an up-and-coming entertainment reporter who gets drunk and pregnant after a one-night stand in the 2007 comedy "Knocked Up" catapulted her to stardom.

Romantic comedy "27 Dresses" debuts in theaters on Friday with Heigl in the lead role and, according to the actress, it's the type of part for which she has always longed.

"I tend to usually be the foil or the girlfriend or the sister or daughter, and this was a great opportunity to be quirky and funny myself," Heigl said, adding her best work on "Grey's Anatomy" is when the writers "throw me some comedy."

"27 Dresses," about a woman who has been a bridesmaid in 27 weddings but who struggles to find love herself, came as Heigl was planning her own wedding to musician Josh Kelley, which took place in late December.

"What was so great about the movie is that somebody else was planning each one of those 27 weddings," Heigl said. "I thought it was going to be so much easier."   Continued...

<p>Katherine Heigl (R) poses on the red carpet at the premiere of "27 Dresses" in Los Angeles, California, January 7, 2008. REUTERS / Hector Mata</p>