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Originally posted 05/04/2012 11:15AM
When news broke in December that Debra Messing and her husband of 10 years, Daniel Zelman, were divorcing – and then that Messing was dating her Smash costar, Will Chase, who is also going through a divorce – the actress said she was prepared for the backlash.
But she's learned to not let it get the better of her.
"I'm trying to keep things as simple as possible – embracing saying 'no' and being okay with people being unhappy with me," Messing, 43, tells Ladies Home Journal.
Originally posted 02/16/2012 08:00AM
Katharine McPhee's character might be up for the role of Marilyn Monroe on NBC's Smash, but on next week's episode (Monday, 10 p.m. ET), she proves she's still a "Redneck Woman" at heart.
In a sneak preview (see video above), McPhee's Karen Cartwright returns to Iowa for a baby shower, where she performs karaoke at a bar to Gretchen Wilson's country hit "Redneck Woman."
Meanwhile, back in New York, the writing-producing team played by Anjelica Huston and Debra Messing are working on getting investors for the show and looking to cast someone as Yankee hero – and Monroe husband – Joe DiMaggio.
(In 1983 there really was a Monroe musical, the short-lived Marilyn: An American Fable. It featured, in his Broadway debut, a pre-Quantum Leap Scott Bakula as DiMaggio. Alyson Reed played Monroe.)
Originally posted 02/06/2012 11:00PM
Smash has finally arrived!
After months of heavy promotion (and access to the pilot on iTunes), NBC's buzzed-about musical drama that goes behind the scenes of a Broadway show premiered Monday night – but will it be a hit? Caution: Spoilers ahead.
In the first episode, we meet the players – struggling actors, conflicted writers, an egotistical director and an ambitious producer – involved in launching a musical about the life of Marilyn Monroe.
"Everyone's doing her now," says Debra Messing's character, writer Julia Houston. "There's a Marilyn movie, diaries. You know what there's an app for the iPad now? You blow on it and the skirt goes up."
Originally posted 01/27/2012 11:00AM
Looks like Debra Messing's Smash romance is getting serious!
The star of NBC's upcoming musical series (premiering Feb. 6, 10 p.m. ET) and her on-and-offscreen love interest, Will Chase, attended the N.Y.C. premiere for the show Thursday night, and hit a major relationship milestone in the process.
At an opulent dinner after the premiere, Chase, 41, met Messing's parents, sidling up to her father in a booth while the actress's mother sat on his other side.
A show insider confirmed to PEOPLE last month that the costars were dating – shortly after Messing, 43, confirmed that she and her husband of 10 years, Daniel Zelman, separated in 2011. (Chase also recently split from his wife.)
Originally posted 12/29/2011 08:50PM
Life has come quite close to imitating art for Debra Messing and her new man, Smash co-star Will Chase.
On the NBC show, which premieres in February, the actors play married people who are romantically entangled.
And in real life, their personal lives are just as complicated.
Messing, 43, and her husband of 10 years Daniel Zelman, separated earlier this year, she recently revealed. Chase, 41, is currently divorcing his stage actress wife Stephanie Gibson, after splitting this month.
Originally posted 12/28/2011 05:50PM
Sparks have apparently been flying on the set of the new NBC musical series Smash!
A show insider confirms to PEOPLE that Debra Messing – who announced Dec. 20 that she was separating from her husband of 10 years, Daniel Zelman – is now dating her Smash costar, Will Chase.
Chase, 41, recently separated from his wife, Broadway actress Stephanie Gibson, and the couple are getting divorced, his rep tells PEOPLE.
Originally posted 12/20/2011 03:30PM
Debra Messing and her husband, Daniel Zelman, have parted ways.
The pair, who are parents to 7½-year-old son Roman, "privately separated earlier this year after a 10 year marriage," Messing's rep confirms to PEOPLE.
"The decision was mutual, and they remain supportive of one another and committed to raising their son as a family."
Messing, 43, first met Zelman – now an actor and producer – when they were both students at New York University (and then dated for eight years).
Originally posted 12/16/2011 08:00AM
Ever wonder what goes on backstage at a Broadway show? Well, NBC's new drama Smash is pulling back the curtain.
The series stars Katharine McPhee as a struggling actress desperate for her chance in the spotlight.
"I could just so relate to this girl," says the American Idol alum, 27. "All the doors shut in my face. She's just like, 'Let me show you what I can do.' "
Originally posted 11/25/2008 08:00AM
Debra Messing still recalls the hurtful stories about her as she tried to lose her baby weight.
"It was written about in the tabloids a lot," the actress, 40, says of her post-baby body in the January issue of Shape magazine.
"On one page it showed all the actresses who got skinny in six weeks or less, and on the other page was me! I was so depressed and frustrated."
The Will & Grace star, who gave birth to son Roman in 2004, first tried a physical trainer but the demanding workouts were too much.
"I was exhausted! I couldn't work out three hours a day and do my job as a mother and an actress. So I took the pressure off: I cut back on seeing the trainer but started eating healthier."
Originally posted 08/09/2007 02:00PM
Call it the battle of the bumps: For pregnant roles in upcoming films, Katharine McPhee and Debra Messing will both don faux bellies, but only one will be brand new.
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