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Debra Messing: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Actress

Oct. 10 2023, Published 5:09 p.m. ET

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Many folks recognize Debra Messing from Will & Grace — but we’re willing to bet you didn’t know these five facts about the actress.

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Carol Burnett changed her life.

“I grew up in Rhode Island in the woods,” says Messing. “We were isolated, and my parents watched The Carol Burnett Show religiously, and as a little girl, I was mesmerized. Seeing a woman lead a show, being bold and brave and courageous and goofy and a chameleon — it made me believe that wanting to do that too wasn't a pipe dream, that it wasn't impossible.”

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She can be starstruck.

“I met Meryl Streep when I was doing a play on Broadway,” recalls the actress. “She came backstage for a chat. I didn't even know she was watching. I reverted to an 11-year-old, jumping up and down and taking selfies in my dressing room.”

She will always be Grace Adler.

“Not a goes by when someone doesn't ask me about Will & Grace,” says Messing of the hit sitcom that made her a star. “So I embrace the fact that I'll be Grace Adler until the day I die. I love Grace — I want to be remembered as Grace.”

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She is happily divorced.

Although her marriage to screenwriter Daniel Zelman ended in 2016, Messing says they're still very much part of each other's lives. “We are co-parenting [our son Roman] beautifully. In my mind, we will be a nuclear family forever.”

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She is more confident than ever.

“I don't think at 25 there would be any way for me to get to a place where I didn't care what people were thinking of me, because in your 20s you're still discovering who you are and what your purpose is in life. Now in my 50s, I really don't care, and sadly, I have to say, part of it comes with age.”


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