Before They Were Famous: Katherine Heigl in 'My Father the Hero'

[caption id="attachment_9646" align="alignleft" width="220" caption="Everett Collection"]My Father the Hero[/caption]

Oh, how 1994 seems sooo long ago. Bill Clinton was president, "Internet" was a scary new word, and the lumbering, shaggy-haired Frenchman Gerard Depardieu was a bona fide A-list movie star.

The '94 family comedy "My Father the Hero" may have the distinction of being the film that put a swift end to Depardieu's brief stint as a Hollywood leading man (see also "Green Card"), but we'd rather think of it as the film that introduced us to "Life As We Know It" star Katherine Heigl, who played Gerard's fastidious 14-year-old (sorry, 14-and-a-half-year-old) daughter.

Most consider Heigl a TV star (first on "Roswell," then in the career-making "Grey's Anatomy") who crossed over into movies ("Knocked Up," "The Ugly Truth") but the actress got her start on the big screen, debuting in 1992's "That Night," a romantic drama co-starring C. Thomas Howell and Juliette Lewis.

Roles in "Under Siege 2: Dark Territory" and "Bride of Chucky" (you can catch a glimpse of Heigl in this hilarious trailer) followed, but her most memorable young role is still "Hero," which found the young blonde torturing her recently divorced dad by bragging to others that he's actually her lover.

The underage Heigl spends most of the movie in a swimsuit, which might explain why the clip below can also be found on YouTube under the, um, less tasteful clip title "Katherine Heigl a**."

Heigl's "Life As We Know It" hits DVD and Blu-ray today.