Katherine Heigl on Funding New Movie: I Haven't Made That Much Money in the Last Few Years

Entertainment Feb. 25, 2014 AT 7:30PM
Katherine Heigl Katherine Heigl says she won't be able to help fund her new independent movie Jenny's Wedding because she hasn't "made that much in the last few years" and needs to support her family. Credit: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

Times are tough for Katherine Heigl? The 35-year-old actress is set to star in the upcoming independent film Jenny's Wedding -- that is, if the movie can get the funding it needs. Producers for the Mary Agnes Donoghue-directed project have created an Indiegogo campaign, asking for donations to reach a goal of $150,000 by March 28.

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"How's the funding going?" TMZ asked Heigl on Friday, Feb. 21.

"I don't know," the actress said. "I don't have that much to do with it, but I hope it's going well."

According to the San Francisco-based crowdfunding site, the film has only reached $32,311 so far since it started on Feb. 11.

"If your movie doesn't getting the funding it needs . . . would you be willing to fill in the extra amount?" TMZ asked the lead actress.

"I haven't made that much in the last few years, man," Heigl said. "I gotta support my family." (The Grey's Anatomy alum is mom to daughters Naleigh, 4, and Adalaide, almost 2, with her husband, singer Josh Kelley.)

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Last April, Heigl starred in The Big Wedding, which failed to earn big at box office, despite its A-list cast with Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Robin Williams, and Susan Sarandon. The only film Heigl appeared in in 2012 was the big screen adaptation of Janet Evanovich's 1994 crime novel, One for the Money, which also flopped at the box office. The film grossed $36 million worldwide, but had a $40 million production budget, according to Box Office Mojo. Back in September, multiple film and TV insiders told the Hollywood Reporter that Heigl was difficult and demanding to work with, claiming she earned $12 million for her role in 2010's Life as We Know It.

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Heigl has finished principal photography for Jenny's Wedding, and the film is currently in post production. The movie tells the story of Jenny Farrell (Heigl), who tells her conservative family that she's a lesbian and plans on marrying the woman they thought was her just roommate, Kitty (Alexis Bledel). 

Heigl is hopeful that the film will get the funding to make it the big screen. "I'm really proud of it," the actress told TMZ of the role. She also announced back in September that she will make her return to TV in NBC's upcoming CIA drama.

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