After Knocked Up and now her upcoming sexy turn in The Ugly Truth, Katherine Heigl seems to have become the queen of the R-rated comedy, which have become increasingly more popular these days. In the new film, she’s playing an uptight woman named Abby who gets slowly loosened up by a crass Gerard Butler, and part of that process is the memorable twist on that classic Meg Ryan fake orgasm scene in When Harry Met Sally, except that Abby’s not faking at all, thanks to hijinks involving vibrating underwear. What does Heigl think of all this naughtiness?
“I actually have a really strong opinion about this,” Heigl says, and we all know she’s never been afraid of expressing her thoughts. “I’m a 30-year-old woman and, as much as I love that younger audience and I love those kind of movies – I loved 27 Dresses and had a great time making it – I still feel like I want to tell a real story to people my age and to my generation. We throw ‘fuck’ around a lot, so when you have to censor so much for that PG-13 rating, it starts to get a little cute and it starts to feel a little fantasy. Yes, all romantic comedies have that element of fantasy, but the thing I love most about this movie is that they do end up together. Who knows if they end up happily ever after together, but they do end up together and it doesn’t feel like the fantasy. It felt like real life. It felt like two people, who actually were really sexually attracted to one another, and then, ultimately, emotionally attracted to one another, came together in a grown-up’s world and not the cartoon version. It’s not that I always want to do R-rated movies, or that I feel like they’re the most honest movies out there. There was just something about this and the ability to be crass, and drop the F-bomb on occasion, and the ability to say ‘cock,’ that felt real to me. It felt like the world I actually live in with my friends and my family.”