KATHER­INE HEIGL

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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.

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