She won an Emmy for her role as a surgeon on
Grey’s Anatomy and played the CIA briefer to the president on State of Affairs. Now the Washington, D.C.–born actress, 38, stars as defense attorney Sadie Ellis on the new legal drama Doubt, premiering Feb. 15 on CBS, and a psycho stalker in the upcoming movie Unforgettable, in theaters April 21.
Lawyers can get such a bad rap.
It’s hard not to see defense attorneys as villains, taking murderers and other horrible cases for money. But our firm on Doubt represents who we believe to be the voiceless and the innocent.
Why is Sadie such a workaholic at the expense of her personal life?
I think it’s because of how she grew up—with her mother in prison since she was 2 years old and raised by a surrogate father, whose law firm is where she ends up working. As a result, she has intimacy issues. She’s afraid of letting people see her baggage.
You go a completely different direction in the movie Unforgettable.
It’s a total thriller; my character is not a nice person. I’ve always played hapless, control-freaky-but-loveable gals. To play somebody who really doesn’t care if people like her or not, who is going to do whatever it takes to get what she thinks is hers and what she wants— that was freeing in a very unhealthy way.
I’m looking forward to season two of Humans.
I hear Carrie-Anne Moss will be coming on board. What can you tell us about her role?
—Steven R., Plainfield, N.J.
A: The Canadian actress will join the cast as Dr. Athena Morrow, an artificial intelligence expert, in the AMC series, returning Feb. 13. Her character explores what happens when the lines between humans and machines are blurred. Of course, Moss, 49, is no stranger to sci-fi, having previously starred in the three films in the Matrix franchise. She also currently portrays lawyer Jeri Hogarth on Netflix’s Jessica Jones.
John Oliver always makes me laugh. Who were some of his inspirations? —Molly M., Wilmington, Del.
A: The British-born-and-raised Oliver, 39, who got his start as a correspondent on The Daily Show, naturally credits Jon Stewart as one of his major influences, as well as David Letterman, the Monty Python comedy troupe, Peter Cook and Richard Pryor. He recalls listening to Pryor’s records over and over again as a child. “The images he created were so funny, so raw and honest,” says Oliver, who launches the fourth season of his talk show, Last Week Tonight, this evening on HBO.
What crafty hobby does she pursue between acting scenes? Go to Parade.com/heigl to find out and to visit her blog about family life in Utah.