Debra Messing and Jeremy Piven did not have the best of times working together when he appeared on “Will & Grace” in 2000. Messing and Piven were forced to kiss during one scene, and the “Will & Grace” star was not a big fan of the moment. On July 8, Us Magazine shared Messing’s comments about the Piven kiss. The actor appeared on an episode that had him appearing as Grace’s ex-boyfriend, and he came to her with a request. He wanted her to join in on a threesome with his new girlfriend, and her comments were a definite slam against his kissing technique.
Messing talked all about the filming of the episode in an interview that aired on Andy Cohen’s “Watch What Happens: Live” earlier this week. The episode needed a kiss, and Piven threw himself fully into his work. During the interview, she opened up completely about kissing Jeremy Piven, who is probably best known now for his role on “Entourage” on HBO. She said that on “the very first day of rehearsal, he shoved his tongue all the way down to my heart. I was just like, ‘Whoa!’ He goes, ‘Yeah, yeah.’ He was like, ‘That’s it, I’m in.’ I was like, ‘You know, this is comedy. We don’t really go that deep.’ And every time he went for it.”
“Will & Grace” was a hit comedy on NBC for eight seasons, and it was considered groundbreaking television because it contained a gay character in a lead role. That was not the norm at the time “Will & Grace” aired. The series did end after eight seasons, but Messing wished the series had aired for a few more seasons.
Messing spoke with The Huffington Post earlier this year, and she shared her thoughts on the series. Pink News shared her comments, and she said that, “I guess I would change the fact that we stopped [the show] after eight years. It was such a happy time, and we were all really exhausted by that point and it was the right thing to do at that time, but now obviously time has passed, and I watch the show with my son who laughs at it and I think it would’ve been really great to do it a few more years. Will & Grace came at a time when television didn’t know if it was okay to have a leading character be gay and be comfortable, and be portrayed as well-rounded and complete as the heterosexual characters we were used to seeing. Over the eight years it really did have a big impact… that is what I am most proud of.”
The series starred Eric McCormack as Will, and Messing reunited with McCormack earlier this year on her new NBC series. Messing currently stars on another NBC series titled “The Mysteries of Laura.” NBC picked up the series for a second season, but this new series is far different from her previous work. Messing also starred on “Smash” for NBC, but that series was canceled after only two seasons.
Messing spoke about reuniting with McCormack for her new series in an interview with the Today Show in April. The actress made it clear that she was happy about working with him again when she said, “He is awesome in this. He said it’s like riding a very old, creaky bike. Completely different characters, completely different genre. As soon as we started it was like, ‘Oh, my gosh you are the person I trust more than anybody in the world.'”
After seeing her comments about Jeremy Piven, it is clear that Messing does not hold back when she has something to say. According to E! News, Messing slammed a false report about her on her Twitter after she and another actress wore similar dresses to the Tony Awards.
Messing is not too worried about life now though. She revealed on her Instagram over the weekend that she was enjoying a trip to Bermuda.
What do you think of Messing’s comments about Jeremy Piven’s kissing technique?