In 2009, Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler teamed up under director Robert Luketic—the filmmaker behind Legally Blonde (2001) and 21 (2008)—for a raucous romantic comedy featuring a classic battle of the sexes. Katherine Heigl stars as Abby Richter, the well-organized producer of a morning news show that has recently fallen as flat as her love life.
In an attempt to boost ratings, her supervisor brings in Mike Chadway, the chauvinistic call-in host of a crass local cable show called The Ugly Truth, which claims to offer realistic (but totally pessimistic) insights into relationships. Played by Gerard Butler, Mike immediately clashes with Abby’s orderly lifestyle and idealistic views on romance. But Abby has recently met a man—her successful and attractive neighbor, Colin—who fits her extensive checklist of relationship prerequisites, and Mike may be just the person to help her win him over. Despite their differences, Abby agrees to give Mike’s relationship tips a try, but neither is prepared for where the deal might lead them.
Produced by Lakeshore Entertainment in association with Relativity Media and distributed by Columbia Pictures, The Ugly Truth features a story from the writers of Legally Blonde (2001) and 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), as well as two of the most recognizable actors in Hollywood. Here are a few facts that you might not know about Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler:
Katherine Heigl began her career as a model.
When the actress was a young girl, her aunt received permission from her parents to distribute her photographs to New York modeling agencies. Katherine soon signed with Wilhelmina Models and proceeded to pose for fashion catalogs and magazines throughout her adolescence, even appearing on the cover of Seventeen in August 1994.
Heigl has continuously returned to her roots, establishing herself as both a talented actress and cover model. Throughout her entertainment career, she has appeared in publications including Maxim, Cosmopolitan, and Vanity Fair.
She is a lifelong animal lover and advocate.
Katherine Heigl has dedicated a great deal of time to philanthropy, especially in the realm of animal welfare. She partnered with her mother to found Heigl’s Hounds of Hope, a subsidiary of the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation established in honor of her late brother. By rescuing large dogs with behavioral challenges from high-risk kill shelters and providing them with training and rehabilitation, Hounds of Hope offers a second chance to dogs who might otherwise not find a family.
Katherine Heigl is also a longtime supporter of Best Friends Animal Society, which works to end the need for euthanasia in American animal shelters by administrating adoption initiatives, spay/neuter programs, and the largest no-kill animal shelter in the United States. Heigl has directly assisted with Best Friends projects such as Pup My Ride, which transports small dogs from high-kill shelters to regions where they are likely to find a home.
She is a recipient of the Dr. James F. Wolf Courage Award.
Katherine Heigl earned widespread critical acclaim for her performance as Dr. Isobel “Izzie” Stevens on the popular medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. But in addition to garnering two Golden Globe nominations and a Primetime Emmy Award, the role also granted Heigl the opportunity to promote a cause extremely close to her heart.
Since her brother’s death in a fatal car accident, Heigl has been a supporter of organ donation. As her entertainment career began to pick up steam, she began to speak publicly in support of donor organizations, including Donate Life America. In 2005, the organization recognized her advocacy with the Dr. James S. Wolf Courage Award, which annually recognizes an individual outside of the medical community for their efforts to promote organ and tissue donation.
Gerard Butler holds a law degree from Glasgow University.
Before he became a successful entertainer, the Scottish actor originally planned to pursue a legal career. He even served as president of the university’s law society!
Butler received no formal acting training before landing his debut role.
While Gerard Butler was still studying law, a chance encounter with actor Steven Berkoff resulted in him being cast in a stage production of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus. Despite his relative lack of experience, Butler decided to give up law to pursue an acting career. His risk paid off; soon after, he played the lead in a stage adaptation of the 1996 drama Trainspotting. His on-screen debut came in 1997, when he played a supporting role alongside Judy Dench and Billy Connolly in the Oscar-nominated drama Mrs. Brown (1997).
His most noteworthy roles include three popular cinematic adaptations.
Gerard Butler began to catch the attention of moviegoers and producers with his lead performance in Timeline (2003), an adaptation of Michael Crichton’s popular science fiction novel. The following year, he appeared as the mysterious title character in The Phantom of the Opera (2004), which collected three Oscar nominations for its powerful interpretation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved stage musical. Butler would go on to star as King Leonidas in 300 (2006), an epic and highly stylized tale pulled from the pages of Frank Miller’s graphic novel.
Butler has also dabbled in voice acting.
Gerard Butler provided the voice for the rather imposing Stoick the Vast in DreamWorks’ Oscar-nominated animated film, How to Train Your Dragon (2010). He reprised the role of the courageous Viking leader in the film’s 2014 sequel and is also slated to lend his voice to How to Train Your Dragon 3 (2019).