Debra Messing Recalls Being Dangerously Thin While Filming ‘Will & Grace’

In a new interview on Jameela Jamil’s I Weigh podcast, Debra Messing shared that she felt she was “too skinny” during the filming of Will & Grace, having dropped from a size 8 to a size 2 during the show’s eight-season run.

The actress explained that when she started on the show in 1998 she “couldn’t fit into clothes” and she would leave fittings “hating my body and hating myself.”

“I thought, ‘My life would be so much easier, and it would be easier on everybody trying to do their job, if I just lost weight,’” she said. “So I started doing yoga every single day and I did one of those meal delivery services. I started to get smaller and then I was a 6, and they were like, ‘You’re losing weight, you look amazing!’”

Jameela noted that “the physique of the ’90s” was to be “wildly” thin, to which Debra agreed.

“I was lucky enough to be invited on the red carpet to the Emmys and the Golden Globes, and that was the same time that Ally McBeal was at its height and Calista [Flockhart] was the ‘It’ girl and Portia de Rossi also was so so slim, and she’s spoken openly about her anorexia,” she said. “So it’s all within sort of the same theme. I would try to fit into these gowns and of course they weren’t sample sizes, and it was like, ‘OK, we have to let out the seams, etc.’”

“I was way too skinny,” she said. “But, you know, going in for those fittings, I fit into everything. And all of a sudden, I literally could fit into anything that was high fashion. So all of a sudden, everything seemed to open up for me, because I was a 2.”

But, “My body just could not hold out. 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 added.

Wow. Thank you for sharing this story, Debra. We know it’s going to help so many understand that we are not our dress size!

Watch the interview HERE.