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Katherine Heigl Said She's A "Drill Sergeant" At Home And Explained Why She Doesn't Let Her Daughters Use Technology

"It was just this addiction for them, so I kinda had to just completely take devices away."

Posted on February 10, 2021, at 7:53 a.m. ET

Katherine Heigl has had some pretty strict house rules during the pandemic, and even described herself as a "drill sergeant" as she explained why she didn't let her daughters use technology until recently.

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In a new interview with Drew Barrymore, Heigl (who prefers to be called Katie, btw) revealed that her children's "addiction" to online game Roblox led her to banning devices altogether.

"They would be in their rooms playing this game together, the two girls, for like six to seven hours," Heigl explained. "We were pretty lax about it, and then I realized that was wrong and not healthy."

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"I tried to scale it back, and then it was just this addiction for them, so I kinda had to just completely take devices away," the Grey's Anatomy actor went on. "But then as soon as I would turn around, somehow my daughter would find a device, and she was doing TikTok videos."

However, Heigl also revealed that a friend recommended she use Apple's screentime feature in order to allow her daughters to keep playing their games, but also to control how long for.

"I only caved because Apple now has that feature, the screentime feature, and my girlfriend was recently visiting and she taught me how to use it," Heigl said. "So I have ultimate control over the devices."

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"I feel like, 'OK, I can safely do this now,'" she added. "They can be safe on there, and I can be sure they're safe. So they have access to, like, books."

As for Drew Barrymore, she was just as surprised as the rest of us, not least of all because she's also experienced parenting during quarantine and lockdowns.

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"How did you get through the pandemic?!" Barrymore joked. "Are you a saint?! Are you a martyr?!"

You can watch the full interview here.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.