London: Katherine Heigl says she struggled to adapt to motherhood initially as she was intimidated by her daughter.
Heigl and husband Josh Kelley adopted daughter Naleigh from South Korea in 2009 and the actress admits she was worried whether the little girl would be able to take to the new environment, reports contactmusic.com.
"The first few days we were shellshocked and terrified of messing up. I felt a need to protect her - that`s just a mother`s instinct - but I was also intimidated by her, and nervous that she wouldn`t love me," Heigl told Britain`s Cosmopolitan magazine.
"She`d just flown across the world and we were speaking a different language, we were in a different time zone, we looked different...plus she`d been in a really loving, wonderful foster home. For the first three weeks, we couldn`t get her to giggle. I was like, `Oh no, she hates us`,"