While making the promo rounds for her killer new movie with Ashton Kutcher, Katherine Heigl stopped by ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno‘ to chat with Jay Leno.
The former ‘Grey’s Anatomy‘ star got choked up during the interview while talking about her deceased brother.
While discussing her role as a new mom–Heigl and husband Josh Kelley adopted a special needs baby from Korea in September 2009–Heigl revealed how it wasn’t until she became a mother herself that she truly understood how horrible it was for her own mother to lose a child, when Heigl’s brother died in a car accident 20 years ago.
“This is so awful, I’m sorry,” Heigl apologized, as she got emotional while recounting the story of her brother’s tragic death, and how it has affected her relationship with her own baby daughter Naleigh and “the overwhelming need to keep her safe.”
Watch the clip below.
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