Debra Messing talks about ‘Will & Grace’ revival
The revival of Will & Grace doesn’t start production until summer but Debra Messing is already certain the new episodes will be provocative and timely.
The Emmy winner says the show ‘has always been political’ will continue to be.
‘It’s always dealt with what is happening in our culture and in our country. It’s absolutely going to be addressing in real time what’s happening,’ Messing tells Huffington Post.
‘That’s what we always did. That was never the agenda but that’s just part of the DNA as a TV show. That’s not gonna change.’
It was politics that brought Messing back together last fall with Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally in the first place.
They secretly shot a mini-episode to support Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and it instantly went viral.
Clinton, of course, lost to Donald Trump and the stage was set for the further adventures of Will, Grace, Jack and Karen.
‘It’s a scary and confusing time in our country and we just felt like we wanted to make other people laugh right now,’ Messing says.
‘And also continue to do what Will & Grace always did, which was to push the envelope, take chances and be a little bit outrageous.’
The series ran for eight seasons on NBC from 1998 until 2006 and is widely credited with helping to foster understanding about gay people and same-sex marriage.
Messing is confident the new episodes will do the same and more.
‘It’s a whole new world now where being gay and lesbian is not something that people are hiding like they did when we started almost 20 years ago,’ she says.
‘I think that there’s an opportunity to now celebrate all the other initials of LGBTQ. It will be great to come out of this next round and feel like we’re normalizing an even larger segment of underrepresented people on prime-time television.
‘I think we pushed the ball very, very far down the field. Now, the goal post is in a different place and I think that there’s obviously more to go.’