She was once used for her professional contacts, and he was just plain scared to ask women out

By Paul Chi
September 27, 2010 08:30 AM
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Talk about a bad date: Before she married singer Josh Kelley nearly three years ago, Katherine Heigl says she endured a string of nightmare encounters that still makes her cringe. Meanwhile, dating just plain scared her screen costar, Josh Duhamel.

Speaking at Saturday’s press conference in New York for their romantic comedy opening Oct. 8, Life As We Know It, the Grey’s Anatomy Emmy winner, 31, says her worst date was with her personal trainer, when she was 18.

“I was like, 20 lbs. heavier and trying real hard to work it off at the gym and my trainer asked me out,” the actress recalled. “He took me to Sizzler and gave me his head shot and asked me if I could get him in my agency. I knew it wasn’t the extra 20 lbs. that turned him on!”

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The topper, said Heigl, was that the trainer shaved his legs – though that wasn’t a deal breaker compared to being used for her agency contacts.

Heigl then played reporter with Duhamel, and asked about his disastrous dates.

“I’ve had plenty of awkward moments, but I’ve always been in relationships for a long time,” said the Transformers star, 37. “Dating always scared the crap out of me. For that reason I couldn’t really date.”

So, how did he end up marrying – in January 2009 – Fergie?

Played It Safe

“I had to make very sure that I wanted to date this person. I would do a complete recon. So, I made sure that I wanted to be with them before I actually started dating,” he said – prompting Heigl to respond with a boisterous laugh: “That’s so interesting and weird.”

Said Duhamel, “You know, when you really feel it, you just don’t want to say, ‘Well, I might like her, or I guess I’ll date her.’ ”

Heigl then inquired, “So, you’ve never met anybody at a bar and went out on a dinner date the next night and had a terrible time? That never happened to you?”

“Well,” he said, “I’m sure it did.”

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