Grace Adler, welcome to Hollywood.
On Friday, October 6, Debra Messing was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Hers is the 2,620th since the Walk was completed in 1961.
Messing’s Will & Grace co-stars Eric McCormack and Megan Mullally joined her at the ceremony, along with the series’ co-creator Max Mutchnick and fellow famous friends of hers like Mariska Hargitay and Connie Britton.
“[I] never [dreamed this could happen],” Messing told Entertainment Tonight. “I grew up next to a farm in Rhode Island. My big dream was to be a working actress and ultimately to do Broadway in New York City.”
“I’ve fulfilled all of my dreams,” she added. “It’s going to take me a long time to process this. It’s so, so beautiful.”
— Eric McCormack (@EricMcCormack) October 6, 2017
At the unveiling of Messing’s star, Hargitay spoke about how the Will & Grace star is such a good friend, just by being there:
“To me, pretty much 95 percent of friendship, possibly more, is just showing up, just being there—and Debra Messing could hold a seminar on showing up. I cannot tell you how deeply I admire your fierceness.”
“What a bright, precious, important, beautiful, loyal, multifaceted, enduring light that you have been, and you are, in my life and lives of so many people,” she continued. “I think that’s why we like stars so much. They’re always there. They’re faithful, they’re true. They’re forever.”
Mutchnick also spoke at the event, praising Messing for her comedic chops, and how proud he is of her—and how her new star will never get dirty as long as there are Will & Grace fans around.
“Don’t worry, with all these devoted fans here today, you know there will be some old queen on the corner scrubbing this star for the rest of time with his toothbrush,” said Mutchnick. “And if he doesn’t show up, I will.”