Will & Grace series finale – again – airs on NBC this Thursday April 28th. We sat down with stars Debra Messing and Eric McCormack to reminisce about the past 11 seasons of the sitcom, with a 12-year gap.
“Grace in season three is going through the process of becoming a mother, pregnancy, which was never in the plan when we came back for the reboot. So that was a surprise for me as an actress, and it’s been amazing. I was actually really pregnant in season six, and so I had the belly and it was all about hiding it, and now Grace actually gets to have the belly, which is a blast. But it’s interesting to play Grace as an older mom-to-be, and all of the concerns that come with that, the worries that come with that. I think there’s been a big shift in our culture and women are starting to have babies much later. It’s no longer, you don’t really see women 20 years old having babies very often. So I think again, it is reflecting real life, and that is meaningful to me,” says Messing, who plays Grace.
Speaking about the final episode, she says, “What I can say is that I think that everyone’s story wraps up happily and poignantly. I think that there were a lot of fans who were sort of questioning the way it was wrapped up last time, with playing with time. And I think that this time these four characters are being sent off in a way that is really gratifying and satisfying.”
The finale is not just hard on the fans – McCormack, who plays Will, is taking it harder this time around. “In some ways, it’s harder to say goodbye this time. I think because the first time we did eight seasons, we were young and full of ourselves and we’d done lots and it’s time to move on, and I think now we, I certainly know for me, I have a greater appreciation of how great a job this is and how great these writers are, and the words we get say every week, words that are never in stone, words that change day after day, because they’re collaborative and we’re firing on most cylinders, and that doesn’t happen very often. So I think this time I am very aware that this is a goodbye.”
What will Debra miss the most? “I will miss laughing every day. At no time in my life have I ever been a part of anything where I would come to work and know that I would be laughing at some point. And laughter is a gift. Laughter is healing. So I think that’s going to be the thing that I’m going to miss the most, and of course the people. I mean, we, I would say 80% of our crew is the same crew from 20 years ago. So this is a family with a history. “
You can watch more of the interview above and then watch a preview of the finale right here.