Despite ongoing rumours that she wanted to leave Grey's Anatomy and that she was being killed off the show, Katherine Heigl said she would like to stay on the medical drama if her character, Dr. Izzie Stevens, has a future there.
During a studio party on March 27 to celebrate the show's 100th episode, Heigl emphasized that she doesn't know much about Izzie's fate. "I don't know if I live or die. I don't know how Izzie fares," said the actress, 30, who's played the character since the show debuted in 2005.
On the medical drama, Izzie has metastatic melanoma – skin cancer – and it has spread to her brain, giving her only a five percent chance of survival. On Thursday's episode, she was seen surviving brain surgery.
"I was assuming that [Izzie would die] at one point and I got a lot of shrugged shoulders and shakes of the head, so I don't know if that's a yes or a no. No one will tell me and I don't know how this is going to go," Heigl also said. She noted that the decision rests with the show and series creator Shonda Rhimes, who is known to value plot secrecy.
Rhimes, who is also an executive producer for the show, declined to comment on what will happen to Heigl's character, but she did reveal a clue about the 100th episode, airing May 7: "The only thing I'll tell you about the 100th is that it takes place on Meredith ( Ellen Pompeo) and Derek's ( Patrick Dempsey) wedding day. That's big ... and that's all I'm going to say."
There has been widespread speculation that the 27 dresses actress, who starred in the big-screen hit Knocked Up and appears in this summer’s The Ugly Truth, wants to pursue her blossoming film career full-time. But she declined this, saying that she plans to work on movie projects during her summer TV hiatus.