Katherine Heigl goes for "Money" in new caper film

Fri Jan 27, 2012 1:33pm EST
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Katherine Heigl has headlined several romantic comedies such as "27 Dresses" and "The Ugly Truth," but for her newest film, the former "Grey's Anatomy" TV star toplines an action comedy "One for the Money," in theaters of Friday.

The film is based on author Janet Evanovich's best-selling novel about Stephanie Plum, a divorced, unemployed woman who becomes a bounty hunter to pay the bills. To date, there are 17 installments of the popular book series.

"Money" sees Plum entering the profession, only to find herself chasing down a onetime romantic acquaintance and becoming entangled in a murder. The Emmy award-winning Heigl sat down with Reuters to talk about the film, her life as a working mom, adopting another baby perhaps within the year and a bad smoking habit she just can't seem to quit.

Q: Were you a fan of Janet Evanovich's books?

A: "I read the books when I was first approached about the project. The first one led to the second and by the time I got to the 10th, I was pretty hooked and obsessed. I just love Stephanie. She's savvy, brave and has a big heart. Her perspective on life and people is sort of wacky, charming and fun. She's got this great caustic sense of humor that I really responded to."

Q: And action film is a bit different for you. What was the most difficult thing for you to learn while shooting the film?

A: "I was pretty bad with the handcuffs. I really wanted to master the art of cuffing somebody quickly and efficiently. There's something about holding somebody's hands in a crossed way and trying to slap a cuff on. I didn't want to hurt the co-stars I was working within the scenes."

Q: You've established yourself as a romantic comedy actress. Is that a genre you feel comfortable in?   Continued...

<p>Katherine Heigl, star of the new film "One For The Money," arrives at the film's New York premier at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on West 68th Street in New York January 24, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Burton</p>