Katherine Heigl makes sure her adopted daughters know they can ask questions about their birth parents
She’s promoting her new Netflix series Firefly Lane.
The actress, 42, spoke about how she and husband Josh Kelley are dealing with the questions their two adopted daughters naturally have as they grow older about their biological mom and dad.
Candid interview: Katherine Heigl has spoken with Parents magazine about how she’s dealing with her adopted daughters’ questions about their birth parents as they grow older
The couple adopted Naleigh, 12, from South Korea when she was nine months old and Adalaide, eight, at birth in the U.S.
‘We have said to them, this is your story. We don’t have any information about your biological fathers, but we do have a bit about your biological mothers,’ Heigl explained.
‘If you guys want to talk more about them, you can have as much or as little information as you want. Tell us what you’re comfortable with knowing.’
Heigl and Kelley, who married in 2007, also welcomed their biological son Joshua in 2016.
‘We have said to them, this is your story’: Heigl and husband Josh Kelley adopted Naleigh, 12, from South Korea when she was nine months old and Adalaide, eight, at birth in the U.S.
Truth: The actress said they’ve explained to their girls: ‘We don’t have any information about your biological fathers, but we do have a bit about your biological mothers. If you guys want to talk more about them, you can have as much or as little information as you want’
Parents: Heigl, 42, and musician Kelley, 41, married in 2007 and are raising their daughters, plus their biological son Joshua, four, on a ranch in Utah
The former Grey’s Anatomy star told the magazine that she was ‘so relieved’ when she learned she was having a baby boy.
‘It was actually a big reason why I was vacillating between trying to get pregnant or adopting again, since with adoption you can specify the sex,’ she said.
She then added jokingly: ‘I just thought, another girl could mean lifelong therapy for all of us.’
Complete: The family are featured on the cover of the April issue of Parents magazine. Inside, Heigl reveals that the pandemic has persuaded her that three children is enough
As for expanding their family again, that’s not on the cards right now.
‘Before the pandemic, I thought that we needed one more child to complete this home,’ Heigl admitted. ‘I wasn’t sure if we would go the foster care route or adoption or maybe another pregnancy.
‘But now I have completely changed my mind. I am very content with my three!’ she stated.
Back on the small screen: Heigl is giving interviews as part of her promotion for her new Netflix series Firefly Lane (pictured with co-star Sarah Chalke)
Famous role: The actress is best known for her portrayal of Dr. Izzie Stevens in the ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy from 2005 to 2010