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Sunday 20 April 2014

Katherine Heigl: Adoption was fascinating

Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl has opened up about the "fascinating" process of adopting.

The actress is married to singer Josh Kelley and together they adopted baby girl Nancy Leigh from South Korea in 2009.

In April this year they adopted second daughter Adalaide and the 34-year-old star has given an intimate insight into her experiences.

"This was fascinating because we started the adoption process again and we thought we were gonna adopt internationally. It's a pretty long process. It can take years," Katherine explained to US talk show host Jay Leno.

"And then we started exploring because we had heard that Korea had gotten very hard to adopt from, and China had a very, very long waiting list and I was like [taps wrist], any day now. And so we started exploring the idea of domestic adoption - just exploring - and then my lawyer called and said, 'There's a birth mother and she's due in four weeks and she's all yours if you want her.'"

After adopting internationally the first time, both Katherine and Josh expected a longer and more complicated process.

The Knocked Up star can remember her husband's surprise when she told him the good news.

"He thought it was gonna be a few years, and that we were gonna end up with more of like a nine-month-old or ten-month-old, and he looked at me and said, 'You're telling me in a month we're gonna have a newborn?' And I said, 'Yes. It's perfect timing, don't you think? Look we're both here, we're not working. This is great. We can spend time with her.' And it has been beautifully serendipitous and graceful, because we've gotten to spend all this wonderful time with her," she smiled.

Katherine met Josh on the set of his music video for Only You and they married in 2007.

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