Katherine Heigl Submits Herself for Emmy; Costar Baffled

The former star of Grey's Anatomy would like one last chance for Emmy recognition for her work on the series she left

Two years ago, Katherine Heigl withdrew herself from the Emmy race citing her opinion that she "wasn't given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination" for her work on Grey's Anatomy. But now it seems the actress would like to see her name on the ballot once again. Heigl, 31, who snagged a 2007 Emmy for best supporting actress for her performance as Dr. Izzie Stevens, will try to win once again in that very category, for the very same role.

While it's not uncommon for actors to submit themselves (Entertainment Weekly reports that her Grey's costar Ellen Pompeo has already put her name in for Lead Actress), Heigl's move seems especially bold considering she only appeared in a handful of episodes this season and considering she has left the show (some reports say, without warning) for good. Heigl has since said that the show's producers knew she was leaving to raise her daughter.

The move caught fellow Grey's doc Eric Dane off-guard when E! asked him what they thought of Heigl's choice to submit herself. "For what?" Dane asked. When told the potential nomination would be for Grey's Anatomy, Dane responded, "Oh. It's great! Fantastic! I love it."

"I don't even know if I've ever submitted myself for an Emmy," Dane went on to confess, adding, "I really honestly never thought about myself as getting nominated, or have thought about an Emmy at all to be honest with you. I've never given it much thought."

Nominations for the 62nd Primetime Emmys will be announced July 8, and the awards ceremony will air August 29 on NBC.

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