Debra Messing stars as Molly Kagan in the USA Network Original Series "The Starter Wife."
Messing is best known for her role on NBC's Emmy Award winning comedy series "Will & Grace." Messing captivated television audience worldwide for eight seasons with her comedic genius as 'Grace Adler,' an interior designer whose best friend and soul-mate is gay. Messing won the 2003 Emmy Award for her role, which also has garnered her four Golden Globe nominations, three additional Emmy nominations and two American Comedy Award nominations, one individual People's Choice Award nomination, as well as winning the TV Guide Award 'Actress of the Year in a Comedy Series' in 2001.
Most recently, Messing wrapped production in Chicago on Overture Films, "Humboldt Park." Messing stars opposite John Leguizamo and Alfred Molina in this comedy/drama movie about a Puerto Rican family living in the area of Humboldt Park in west Chicago who face what may be their last Christmas together. This film is due in theatres Thanksgiving 2008.
Messing will next be seen on the big screen in a remake of George Cukor's 1939 film, "The Women," which centers on a group of gossipy, high-society women whose personal lives callously coincide. Messing commandeers the role of Sylvia Fowler alongside Hollywood heavyweight actresses Annette Benning, Meg Ryan, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Eva Mendes, Cloris Leachman and Candice Bergen. "The Women" will be released by Picturehouse Entertainment on September 12, 2008.
Messing was also seen co-starring in Ed Burns film "Purple Violets," the first feature film released exclusively on iTunes on November 20, 2007. The movie reunites Messing with Burns and stars Selma Blair and Patrick Wilson. The film, written and directed by Edward Burns, tells the story of four friends from college who unexpectedly run in to one another more than a decade after parting ways. The movie was screened in the Spotlight category at the 6th Annual Tribeca Film Festival on April 30, 2007.
In 2005, Messing was seen in the romantic comedy "The Wedding Date" for Gold Circle Films opposite Dermot Mulroney. In the film, directed by Clare Kilner, Messing portrays a woman who hires a male escort to accompany her to her sister's wedding so she can face her ex-fiancÚ who also happens to be the best man.
In 2004, Messing costarred in the box-office hit "Along Came Polly" for Universal Pictures/Jersey Films opposite Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston. She was also heard as the voice of 'Arlene' in Fox's animation adaptation of "Garfield."
In 2002, Messing co-starred in Woody Allen's comedy, "Hollywood Ending," opposite Woody Allen and Tea Leoni, and in Screen Gems' "The Mothman Prophecies" opposite Richard Gere, portraying the role of his wife.
In 2000, Messing portrayed Mary Magdalene in the four-hour CBS mini-series "Jesus," directed by Roger Young. Gary Oldman, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Jeroen Krabbe and Jeremy Sisto also starred in the mini-series, which aired to critical acclaim.
Messing starred as a young bio-anthropologist in the 1998 ABC thriller series "Prey," opposite Adam Storke, Vincent Ventresca, Larry Drake and Frankie R. Faison. Prior to "Prey," Messing showed off her comedic skills as 'Stacey' for two seasons in the Fox comedy, "Ned & Stacey" opposite Thomas Haden Church.
Raised in a quiet community outside Providence, Rhode Island, Messing devoted much of her childhood to musical theatre, performing in numerous productions at both school and camp, which ignited her interest in the theatre.
Messing received her liberal arts education at Brandeis University where she majored in Theatre Arts. She spent half of her junior year studying in London's prestigious B.E.S.G.L. program which featured dramatic arts teachers recruited from distinguished institutions such as the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Cambridge University and Oxford University. Upon graduating Summa Cum Laude from Brandeis University, she was accepted into NYU's elite Graduate Acting Program and received her M.F.A. three years later.
Messing garnered much excitement in New York over her portrayal of 'Harper Pitt' in the pre-Broadway workshop of Tony Kushner's Tony Award-winning play Angels in America: Perestroika. She then left New York for Seattle to star as 'Cecily' in The Importance of Being Earnest at the Intiman Theatre. Upon her return, she was cast as both Mary Louise Parker's and Polly Draper's understudy in the New York premiere of John Patrick Shanley's critically acclaimed off-Broadway play Four Dogs and a Bone at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Messing went on to co-star in Paul Rudnick's off-Broadway play The Naked Truth.
Messing co-starred with Maria Tucci in the two-woman, highly acclaimed off-Broadway production of Donald Margulies' Collected Stories, which premiered at The Manhattan Theatre Club and was chosen as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Additional credits include a recurring role on the hit television series "NYPD Blue" portraying Gail O'Grady's conniving sister, and a recurring role on "Seinfeld" as Jerry's ideal but elusive love, 'Beth Lookner.'
During her free time she supports charities such as The Gay Men's Health Crisis, AmFAR and Best Friend's Pet Sanctuary.
Messing currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, screenwriter Daniel Zelman and son Roman.