PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – One of the big budget movies filmed here in Pittsburgh is hitting the big screen.

“One for the Money” starring Katherine Heigl will be in theaters Friday.

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On Wednesday, KDKA-TV’s Kristine Sorensen talked with Heigl via satellite along with author Janet Evanovich, who wrote the book that the movie is based on, about what it was like filming here.

Pittsburgh plays a town in New Jersey in “One for the Money.”

The movie was filmed in the summer of 2010 on the North Side, Ambridge, Braddock and Shadyside.

Heigl said she liked Pittsburgh from the start.

“I’m from the east coast. I grew up in Connecticut, so it felt like home to me. Even just the way it smells because of the trees that grow and the kind of flowers that grow and it was summer, so it was lush and beautiful and green,” Heigl said.

Movie producers said Pittsburgh’s architecture is similar to that of Trenton, N.J. where Evanovich set the book.

“I thought it had a real gritty look to it that mimicked a lot of parts of Trenton. It was interesting that she said she recognized the smell, but I wanted to say, ‘Yes, but did it smell like Trenton?” Evanovich said.

That summer, Heigl lived in Sewickley in a private home with her family.

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While she was working, her daughter toured the area with her nanny.

“Every day we were filming, Naleigh got to go explore Pittsburgh. And doing all this fun stuff, like the butterfly museum and I kept going, “I want to go with her,” Heigl said.

Heigl also liked the relative privacy.

“There is no paparazzi in Pittsburgh. We had no problem with that. It was awesome,” Heigl said.

Heigl also loved the people and Pittsburghese.

“A lot of our crew was local and my driver was local. Just great people. Just grounded, down to Earth people. The accent I think is awesome. I can’t do it,” Heigl said.

But, she does do a New Jersey accent and dyed her hair brown for the role of Stephanie Plum – a bail bondsman.

The movie is described as an action-comedy.


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