Kelly Clarkson Show Interview

December 3, 2020 News0 Comments

Katherine Heigl made a guest appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show on Thursday, December 3rd, to promote her upcoming Netflix drama Firefly Lane.

She appeared via video link from Utah and revealed how working from home on the new series during the Covid-19 pandemic had resulted in some unique occupational hazards. Most notably, how awkward it was to record a voiceover, similar in nature to the famed restaurant scenes in “When Harry Met Sally” and her own movie “The Ugly Truth”, with her three children within earshot.  During the virtual interview, Clarkson introduced a new clip from Firefly Lane and announced the premiere date for the show which is based on the bestselling novel by Kristin Hannah.

The central theme of Firefly Lane is the 30 year relationship between Tully Hart (Katherine Heigl) and Kate Mularkey (Sarah Chalke) as they buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship, jealousy, anger, hurt and resentment. The importance of her own enduring friendship with a group of friends that she has known for a similar period of time, was something that Katherine described in her interview as a “gift”. Her friends, whom she calls her “sacred six”, formed a bond at high school which is still as strong today. She shared photos (above) of the group as teenagers and at a recent gathering in Vancouver where her Netflix series was filmed.

Katherine also explained how she is using her time at home as an opportunity to have important conversations about racial intolerance with her children. The actress has three children with husband Josh Kelley: Naleigh (12), who was born in South Korea, Adalaide (8), who is Black, and Joshua, who is 4 on December 20th. “I didn’t know how to say there will be people in this world that don’t like you simply because of the color of your skin,” she shared. “I just didn’t know how to say that because my job as their mother is to build up their self-esteem and encourage self-confidence. I thought, ‘I’m going to take a piece of their soul with this.'”

“What we started doing is watching a lot of programs together,” Heigl continued, and during a program that focused on racism, the parents turned off the TV after some nasty things were said. “We stopped it to talk to Adalaide, and said, ‘Now, Adalaide, you know that if somebody ever said something like that to you or treated you that way, that has nothing to do with you. That’s completely about them.'” Adalaide responded by telling her parents she already knew she was “beautiful and super cool,” Katherine recalled, laughing.