Debra Messing: Grace and Beyond

Don't you miss the voice of Karen as she storms down to Will and Grace's apartment or the former's bickering all night long? Well, we sure do miss the everyday life challenges of the four friends: Will, Grace, Megan, and of course, Jack! The show's comedy and charm have definitely embedded its way to the viewers but I wonder how our Grace is doing recently!

Image Source: Getty Images| A photo of Debra Messing

Image Source: Getty Images| A photo of Debra Messing


HER FAMILY LIFE

Debra Lynn Messing was born in New York with Jewish American parents Sandra Simons and Brian Messing. Her mother had worked as a professional singer and banker while her father had worked as a sales executive in a jewelry company. Debra and her older brother Brett grew up in East Greenwich because their parents decided to move in there.

Image Source: Getty Images| Debra Messing in an interview

Image Source: Getty Images| Debra Messing in an interview


A PERFORMER BY HEART

When Debra was in high school, she performed several roles in her school’s theater productions. She starred in the musical play "Annie" and "Fiddler On the Roof” where she showcased her talents in acting, dancing, and singing. Since then, she knew she was born to be a performer.

Image Source: Getty Images/NBC| WILL & GRACE/NBC

Image Source: Getty Images/NBC| WILL & GRACE/NBC


DEBRA ACED ACADEMICS AND ART AS SUMMA CUM LAUDE

Growing up, Debra showed her love in performing arts but it didn’t stop there. She showed that it wasn’t just a fleeting feeling or a mere hobby because she graduated in her bachelor's degree in theater arts as Summa Cum Laude at Brandeis University.

Image Source: Getty Images/NBC| WILL & GRACE/NBC

Image Source: Getty Images/NBC| WILL & GRACE/NBC

She knew then that theater art was something meant for her. Thanks to her Latin honors credentials, she was able to get a scholarship for her Master’s Degree at the University of New York. That prestigious university is known for strict admission requirements but with her talent and maybe a pinch of luck, Debra made it!

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Image Source: Getty Images/NBC| WILL & GRACE/NBC


FILM DEBUT WITH KEANU REEVES

After all the ups and downs in pursuing her dream, she finally got her first-ever film appearance and it was a spectacular one! In 1995, she worked with the ever heartthrob Keanu Reeves in the film “A Walk in the Clouds” where she played the role of Keanu Reeves' wife.

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Image Source: Getty Images/NBC| WILL & GRACE/NBC


THE EXPOSURE WAS WORTH IT!

Even if she wasn’t really the star in her first film appearance, she was still noticed by film creators. In late 1995, she co-starred in the American television sitcom Ned and Stacey. In 1997, she also co-starred in the film McHale’s Navy. And there comes the year 1998...

Image Source: Getty Images/Time & Life Pictures| Debra Messing

Image Source: Getty Images/Time & Life Pictures| Debra Messing


THE SCRIPT CAUGHT HER ATTENTION

In 1998, she was in the Science-slash-drama television series Prey as Dr. Sloan Parker, a bio-anthropologist. One day while on the set, her agent went to her and let her read the script for the then-incoming sitcom Will and Grace. It was a lowkey push from her agent but it wasn’t a bad try after all.

Image Source: Getty Images|  Vincent Ventressa, Frankie Faison, Debra Messing, Larry Drake and Adam Storke star in "Prey."

Image Source: Getty Images| Vincent Ventressa, Frankie Faison, Debra Messing, Larry Drake and Adam Storke star in "Prey."

After reading the script, Debra can't help thinking about it, and then she decided to audition for the role of Grace Adler. She was intrigued by the plot, the lines, and the characters that she wanted to be a part of the sitcom. Little did she know that it was gonna be her biggest break as an actress!

Image Source: Getty Images/NBC| Will & Grace/NBC

Image Source: Getty Images/NBC| Will & Grace/NBC


WILL AND GRACE

Will and Grace is an American TV sitcom that revolves around the lives of the gay lawyer Will (played by Erick McCormack and his best friend Grace Adler, an owner of an interior design firm. As Debra won the role of Grace, her acting career blossomed. 

Image Source: Getty Images| A promotional photoshoot for Will & Grace

Image Source: Getty Images| A promotional photoshoot for Will & Grace

With Rosario Salazar as the maid Rosario Salazar and Stanley Walker as the actress Karen Walker, the show, even more, came out colorful and lively. Will and Grace were aired from 1998 to 2006 but made a surprising comeback later on.

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Image Source: Getty Images/NBC| Will & Grace/NBC


PRAISE FOR WILL AND GRACE

The film became significant as it showed the storms and sunshine of adulting life. Ranging from sexual orientation, career choice, up to friendship, and family matters, the show is more than just humor. Even people of office have said that the show educated the Americans about sensitive topics.

Image Source: Getty Images/NBC| Will & Grace/NBC

Image Source: Getty Images/NBC| Will & Grace/NBC


THE COMEBACK AND THE SECOND ENDING

Just as the casts are shining through in their own career, the producers of Will and Grace announced that the highest-rated TV show from 2001 to 2005 will once again warm America’s heart as it will have a comeback. The people welcome the show that won 16 Emmys with open arms.

Image Source: Getty Images/NBC| NBCUniversal Events - Season 2017

Image Source: Getty Images/NBC| NBCUniversal Events - Season 2017

During the height of the cruel pandemic months ago, Will and Grace once again bid farewell. Both the casts and produce were thankful to the people who supported them along the way. After all, the show didn’t only make them earn dollars but they build a friendship as well.

Image Source: Getty Images/NBC| NBCUniversal Events - Season 2017

Image Source: Getty Images/NBC| NBCUniversal Events - Season 2017


IT WAS WORTH THE HASHTAG COUPLE GOALS!

Debra Messing met Daniel Zelman the day after they graduated from the prestigious New York University. Daniel is a screenwriter while Debra has a shining acting career. It was so cute of her to be in a relationship with someone who shares the same interests as her. The two got married on September 3, 2000, and lived in Big Apple.

Image Source: Getty Images/George Pimentel| Debra Messing and husband Daniel Zelman with her Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for 'Will & Grace'

Image Source: Getty Images/George Pimentel| Debra Messing and husband Daniel Zelman with her Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for 'Will & Grace'


IT’S A BOY!

Their hashtag couple goals didn’t only end up in their complimenting careers but also because their married life blossomed as Debra gave birth to a baby boy! After four years since they got married, Smash actress and Damages executive producer welcomed their son, Roman in 2004.

Image Source: Getty Images/Tana Lee Alves| Actress Debra Messing and son Roman visit the Mercedes Benz Polo Challenge July 21, 2007 at the Bridgehampton Polo Club in Water Mill, New York

Image Source: Getty Images/Tana Lee Alves| Actress Debra Messing and son Roman visit the Mercedes Benz Polo Challenge July 21, 2007 at the Bridgehampton Polo Club in Water Mill, New York


COUPLE GOALS WENT WRONG

If two people share the same interest, you’ll think they will automatically click. Well, Debra and Daniel clicked to the point of tying the knot but life is full of uncertainties and the two eventually separated in 2010. Two years after that, Debra filed for divorce.

Image Source: Getty Images/Jean-Paul Aussenard| Debra Messing & husband Daniel Zelman during "Will & Grace" 100th Episode Celebration at Falcon in Hollywood, California, United States

Image Source: Getty Images/Jean-Paul Aussenard| Debra Messing & husband Daniel Zelman during "Will & Grace" 100th Episode Celebration at Falcon in Hollywood, California, United States


BUT STILL CO-PARENT THEIR ONLY SON

Debra and Daniel still lived together for the sake of their son, Roman who was only six years old when they separated. They managed to do the co-parenting smoothly but that didn’t hinder the  Will and Grace actress to file a divorce in 2012

Image Source: Getty Images/James Devaney| Debra Messing and son Roman Zelman attend the Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Rangers playoff game at Madison Square Garden on May 16, 2015 in New York City

Image Source: Getty Images/James Devaney| Debra Messing and son Roman Zelman attend the Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Rangers playoff game at Madison Square Garden on May 16, 2015 in New York City


THEIR MARRIAGE OFFICIALLY ENDED

When their son was 11 years old, Debra and Daniel’s marriage officially and legally came to an end as their divorce was finalized in 2016. But just like a show, life also goes on for Debra because, in the same year, she starred in the crime drama The Mysteries of Laura.

Image Source: Getty Images/Scott Gries| Debra Messing ('Will and Grace') in Vera Wang with her husband Daniel Zelman at the 2000 Emmy Awards on September 10, 2000 held in Los Angeles, CA

Image Source: Getty Images/Scott Gries| Debra Messing ('Will and Grace') in Vera Wang with her husband Daniel Zelman at the 2000 Emmy Awards on September 10, 2000 held in Los Angeles, CA


DEBRA SPENT QUALITY TIME WITH ROMAN

Being a star mom has its perks and downsides. You can provide all your kids’ needs and wants but spending quality may come once in a blue moon. That’s why when Debra had that once in a blue in unbusy days, she grabbed the opportunity to unwind with her son all the way to Southeast Asia.

Image Source: Getty Images/Charley Gallay| Debra Messing and son Roman Zelman attend Project Angel Food's 2018 Angel Awards on August 18, 2018 in Hollywood, California

Image Source: Getty Images/Charley Gallay| Debra Messing and son Roman Zelman attend Project Angel Food's 2018 Angel Awards on August 18, 2018 in Hollywood, California


SECOND SHOT OF LOVE AND HEARTBREAK

Way before the divorce was finalized, Debra seemed to have moved on already. In 2012 until 2013, she co-starred in the drama TV series Smash. The show didn’t only give additional fame and wealth but earned her a new lover! She dated co-star Will Chase making the show even more thrilling. They shared a bittersweet relationship from 2011 to 2014.

Image Source: Getty Images/NBC| Smash/NBC

Image Source: Getty Images/NBC| Smash/NBC


DEBRA MESSING STRUGGLED DURING HER BIGGEST ACTING BREAK

As a then stating actress, Debra wanted everything to go smoothly but her weight is not cooperative enough. Many times during the set, as a size 8 lady, most clothes can’t fit her making her conscious of her weight and size so she decided to lose weight.

Image Source: Getty Images/NBC| Will & Grace/NBC

Image Source: Getty Images/NBC| Will & Grace/NBC


SHE SAID SHE WAS “TOO SKINNY”

So her lose weight journey went on as she is strict with her diet and yoga. From being an 8, she went down to 6, and then she became size 2. In a podcast talk with Jamil, Debra said, “I was way too skinny,” Messing said. “But, you know, going in for those fittings, I fit into everything.”

Image Source: Getty Images/Frank Micelotta Archive| Eric McCormack and Debra Messing of 'Will and Grace' at the 1999 Emmy Awards held in Los Angeles, CA 9/13/99

Image Source: Getty Images/Frank Micelotta Archive| Eric McCormack and Debra Messing of 'Will and Grace' at the 1999 Emmy Awards held in Los Angeles, CA 9/13/99


AND SHE GOT SICK

She took her weight and size seriously that she went overboard with her “lose weight” journey. She said in the same podcast, “My adrenals crashed, I was exhausted and it just became clear to me that I couldn’t be healthy and a size 2 at the same time”. She then learned her lessons and continued sparkling her career.

Image Source: Getty Images/NBC| Will & Grace/NBC

Image Source: Getty Images/NBC| Will & Grace/NBC


THE TENSION WITH MEGAN MULLALY

The rumored backstage drama and tension between Will and Grace’s stars Debra Messing and Megan Mullaly were ignited when the sitcom’s avid fans noticed that the two were rarely pictured together and unfollowed each other on Instagram. Megan Mullaly’s leave of absence from the show made the rumor worse because she missed two episodes.

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Image Source: Getty Images/NBC| Will & Grace/NBC


THE SHOW MUST GO ON

“It was not an easy year,” Max Mutchnick, one of the show creators admitted to Entertainment Weekly, “but the permanent legacy of the show is much more important to us than any temporary squabble that would take place on the stage.” Despite the not so public backstage friction, the Will and Grace’s still went on and had a heartfelt ending.

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Image Source: Getty Images/NBC| Will & Grace/NBC


ELLEN DEGENERES IS NOT YET VICTORIOUS AS DEBRA MESSING’S MATCHMAKER

In her guest appearance in Ellen DeGeneres last 2019, Debra Messing said that when it comes to her love life, her son is not a hindrance. In fact, Roman wants her mom to start dating again. So Ellen said she will set her up with good guys. But so far, Ellen hasn’t won the Cupid of the Year Award yet.

Image Source: Getty Images/Jean Catuffe| Debra Messing and her son Roman Zelman attend the men's final between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland at Arthur Ashe Stadium

Image Source: Getty Images/Jean Catuffe| Debra Messing and her son Roman Zelman attend the men's final between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland at Arthur Ashe Stadium

Making your dream come true is a battle set for everyone but not all are brave to go for it. Debra Messing showed us that she was indeed a brave dreamer for turning her dreams into reality as she received an Emmy Award in 2003. As Debra conquers spotlights and heartbreaks, she proved that she was an epitome of grace.

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