Katherine-Heigl2.jpgNevermind that Katherine Heigl has not been seen around the halls of Seattle Grace Hospital since January — that’s not stopping her from submitting herself in the supporting actress category for this year’s Emmy race, confirms her rep to EW.

Even though Heigl has not appeared on “Grey’s Anatomy” for more than half of the season, there’s no set amount of episodes that an actor must be in to be eligible for either the supporting or lead actor categories.

The TV-turned-film actress was supposed to return to “Grey’s” for another 18 months after the 3-month family leave she took following the adoption of her daughter, Naleigh. However, she never showed up on set on her scheduled return date of March 1, and soon after it was confirmed that she would not be returning.

We’ll learn if Heigl makes the cut when nominations for the 62 Primetime Emmys are announced July 8. Ellen Pompeo also hopes to hear her name announced on the 8th in the lead actress category, while other “Grey’s” castmates are crossing their fingers for nominations in the supporting categories.

“Grey’s” itself is rallying for best drama. The two-hour season finale as well as “The Time Warp,” “Suicide is Painless,” “I Saw What I Saw,” and “Give Peace a Chance” episodes have been submitted for consideration.

Heigl fans can see the actress formerly known as Izzie Stevens in her latest film, “Killers,” which opens Friday, June 4.

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