In her acting career, Katherine Heigl has performed in front of an array of fellow actors and crew. While many around the world have seen her in action on the small screen on Grey's Anatomy or on the big screen in Knocked Up, she still gets nervous, as many do, when it comes this one thing.
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As film actors gathered Thursday evening at Sony Studios to honor veteran actress Shirley MacLaine, Heigl talked to ET prior to the event, during which she gave a speech. "I'm very nervous," she admitted. "I hate speaking in front of live audiences, so I'm just hoping I don't puke. If I don't do that it's gonna be the best night ever."
Heigl, who stated that she has been a Shirley MacLaine fan for a long time, listed Steel Magnolias, Postcards from the Edge, and Terms of Endearment as her favorite of MacLaine's more than 50 films and counting.
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The event brought out a slew of stars, including Morgan Freeman, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg, Jack Nicholson, and Dakota Fanning.
Marcia Gay Harden, who worked with MacLaine on the film Used People in the '90s, had high praises for the honored actress. "She's more than an actress. She's a legend," praised Harden. "She's done so many things. She's done acting; she's done the channeling; the books."
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While the 78-year-old actress was delighted to be honored by the American Film Institute, she pointed out that it can be a strange experience to be honored. "It's a very interesting exploration into your own deserve-ability...but so far I'm enjoying it," she said.
Check out the full video above from the red carpet of AFI's honoring of Shirley MacLaine.