Katherine Heigl Follows Through on Public Promise to Mentor High School Student

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The 'State of Affairs' star offered her services during last month's Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles bash

This story first appeared in the Nov. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

At the Oct. 25 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles “Big Bash” at the Beverly Hilton, a Long Beach sophomore named Andrea proudly dished about her desires to work for the CIA, speak five languages and land a “big sister.”
Her plea was enthusiastically answered by Katherine Heigl, who shot up her hand during the gala to offer her mentoring services. THR found out that the State of Affairs star did indeed follow up on her pledge, and is now in the midst of the org's application process, including a background check.

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“This young woman wants to learn five languages, become the future head the FBI and one day donate ‘thousands and thousands’ to Big Brothers Big Sisters. She’s an inspiration. She’s pretty phenomenal and after hearing her on Friday it didn’t take much for me to want to help,” Heigl told THR of the 14-year-old. “She was so incredibly funny and charming, and I’m now doing a show [State of Affairs] about the CIA, so I just thought, 'I have to mentor her!' I want to help make her director of the CIA someday.”