Katherine Heigl Loves Girl Power

Katherine Heigl’s newest rom-com The Ugly Truth hits theaters on July 24, and to promote her latest vehicle, Hollywood’s fifth-highest-paid actress discusses the art of manipulating men, girl power, and the future of her acting career in the UK edition of Marie Claire.

“I think a lot of women innately know how to play their hand,” Heigl says of her gender’s ability to sway the male species. “I’m not a big one for the rules.”

Heigl has a history of feminism, expressing criticism of her career-making movie Knocked Up for its “humorless and uptightportrayal of women. With this as her public image, the new film only makes sense for her because it presents a battle of wits between the sexes.

“I’m not out burning bras, but I’m very opinionated about women owning their power,” Heigl asserts. “I look back at my twenties and see that I was much less confident. You repress how you really feel because society tells us what women think isn’t valid, that we’re frivolous and shallow.”

Even as she stars in what just might be the summer’s biggest romcom, The Ugly Truth could be one of the last of its kind for Heigl. Reviewers have long commented that her talent would be put to better use in something other than a chick-flick, and she’s starting to slowly come around to their point of view.

“I know I’m catching some crap for it, but I really like doing them. People keep asking me if I want to do anything more serious, or Oscar-worthy, and I do, but I’m not quite there yet,” Heigl says.

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