Plays Grace Adler

Deborah Messing, as Grace Adler.

Like her character Grace, Debra Messing was born in New York City. She moved to Rhode Island when she was three.

From a Jewish family too, Messing grew up singing and dancing.  Her parents always encouraged her to follow her dream and become an actress.

In 1990, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, and went on to be accepted into New York’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts.

Messing’s first big role was opposite Keanu Reeves in the feature film A Walk in the Clouds. The exposure led to a role in television sitcom Ned & Stacey.

Messing went on to star in other popular television series’ including Seinfeld, Prey and Smash.

She also appeared in feature films such as Along Came Polly, The Wedding Date, and the recent adaptation of Dirty Dancing.

Of the Will & Grace revival, Messing says, “It’s a beautiful, crazy thing. It feels like no time has passed.”