Katherine Heigl is no stranger to the trope that “life imitates art”—in the case of her hit 2008 rom-com, 27 Dresses, however, it was more an instance of art imitating life.
In the film, Heigl plays Jane, an unlucky-in-love woman who has been in 27 of her best friends’ weddings, but has never managed to find true love for herself. As a result, she is an old pro at playing a supporting role in weddings, even as she struggles to figure out her own love life.
In real life, Heigl, now 39, was planning her own wedding, to musician Josh Kelley, 37, a parallel that wasn’t lost on her.
“When I got engaged, I was probably way worse than [Jane] was,” Heigl told In Style of imagining her own dream wedding. “When we filmed the movie, I wasn’t newly engaged—Josh and I got married the December after. So it was probably a few months later, but we had been engaged for a year. I was wedding planning like crazy while I was filming that.”
The actress added that in the run-up to her wedding, she found that she began to care about things that had never bothered her before. Like, say, her teeth.
“All my life, I’ve had two teeth that stuck out, and I’d been fine with it in my film career,” she said. “But for my wedding, I wasn’t okay with it. So I got Invisalign and I remember when we were filming, I was always having to take them out to do my dialogue or do a scene. I don’t know why, but your wedding is meant to be this one moment in time and you want everything to be perfect—including your teeth that you’ve never cared about before. I was probably worse than Jane.”
Heigl had only ever been a bridesmaid once in her life prior to her own wedding, and had never had to juggle two weddings in the same day. And hence, her similarities to Jane ended there.
“I haven’t attended a ton of weddings,” she told the publication. “I’ve probably only attended like three weddings in my life, including my own. My husband, Josh, gets invited to a ton of weddings. He has a big family—and we go to their weddings—but then he has an extended group of friends and roommates from college. We can never seem to make it because we’re always traveling or working. I have a friend who went to five weddings in one year alone. I find that appalling!”
When asked where Heigl imagines her character Jane would be now, years removed from her woebegone single days, the actress said she has a good idea for a potential sequel.
“I have this whole concept that I really want them to do a sequel about,” she said. “I think that maybe it’s not 10 years later in their relationship, maybe it’s only 5 or 6 years, but she’s not getting pregnant. She’s everybody’s godmother, but she doesn’t have her own. I so want to do that sequel. I think it would be really sweet and charming and interesting. 27 Christenings!”