Firefly Lane star Katherine Heigl calls herself 'a drill sergeant' when it comes to raising her three children

KATHERINE Heigl, the star of Netflix’s Firefly Lane, revealed she’s somewhat of a “drill sergeant” in how she raises her three kids.

The 42-year-old actress, who shares her children with husband Josh Kelley, said she’s very strict about how she keeps her home in order.

While appearing as a guest on The Drew Barrymore Show, Katherine was asked by the titular host about her at-home personality.

Being frank with Drew, the Grey’s Anatomy alum admitted: "I'm actually more of a drill sergeant.”

The 45-year-old Charlie’s Angels star asked for more specifics on just how strict she is, double-checking: "Am I getting this correct? You don't allow technology for your kids, is this right?”

The mom to Nancy, 12, Adalaide, 8, and Joshua Jr., 4, told the talk show host that that was all true, but she just recently made the decision to change that rule.


Katherine explained that she “caved” just the day before appearing on the show because of a new phone feature she’s learned about.

Before, she didn’t want her kids to use technology because it was too hard to monitor and control, but now she’s discovered Apple’s Screen Time feature.

“My girlfriend was recently visiting, and she taught me how to use it,” the mother of three said. “So I have ultimate control over the devices, and I feel like, OK, I can safely do this now.”

She added: “They can be safe on there, and I can be sure they're safe, so they have access to, like, books." 


The time limit on devices was a compromise Katherine decided on after she was originally forced to completely take away the technology when she realized her kids were on them all the time.

The Netflix star shared: ”We started out allowing them to play that Roblox game. They would be in their rooms playing this game together, the two girls, for like six to seven hours. 

“We were pretty lax about it. And then I realized that was wrong and not healthy. 

“So I tried to scale it back, and then it was just this addiction for them, so I kinda had to completely take devices away."


After going many months of the pandemic without her kids being preoccupied with devices, the new feature helped change Katherine’s mind, as well as finding out that one of her daughters found a way onto TikTok anyway.

Despite not having a device of her own, one of the kids was still making her way online and “doing TikTok videos,” so Katherine just “caved” and found a compromise.

The decision is perfect timing as Katherine’s new show, Firefly Lane, requires being online on Netflix to watch.

In the show, Katherine stars as sassy media pro Tully Hart and looks unrecognizable with new dark hair.

Swapping her usual blonde tresses for a series of dark, curly styles, viewers get to see her appearance change through the decades as the show explores her friendship with best pal Kate Mularkey, played by Sarah Chalke.

Kate, the introvert, and Tully, the coolest girl in school, form a bond that weathers every milestone in their lives, leading up to tragedy.

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