Debra Messing Says She Wanted Character to Be a Feminist in New 'Will & Grace'

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Debra Messing attends the Tribeca TV Festival exclusive celebration for Will & Grace at Cinepolis Chelsea on September 23, 2017 in New York City.

Debra Messing admits it took a little while to get back into the swing of playing her iconic Will & Grace character Grace Adler after an 11-year break.

"I think it took a little bit. I think the language was there and that I recognized right away and my body recognized that right away, but it's been 11 years and I think that I was a little tentative and I think, eventually by the third episode, I just sort of relaxed and thought, 'OK, she's back,'" Messing said at the Tribeca TV Festival Saturday.

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So, had Messing thought much about how her character might have evolved between Season 8, which wrapped in 2006, and the long-awaited Season 9, which debuts Thursday?

"The only thing that I asked for was that Grace be a feminist," Messing said. "That she have a voice."

By Karen Butler

Originally published in UPI Entertainment News.