Debra Messing On Her New Gig and Outsmarting Allergies

By  June 24, 2014

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Here’s something no one has time for, especially not someone who spends much of her time in the spotlight: allergies. Debra Messing knows this all too well. “It has always interfered with my daily life, whether it’s preventing me from going to the park to play when I was a kid or being able to spend a lot of time in a theater because there’s dust and mold,” the actress told GLAM. “As an actress, I also worried that my nose was going to run or my throat might close when I went out on the red carpet and for events. It was a really big deal. Luckily, I happened to try Zyrtec and something finally worked for me. It was amazing!”

Messing is the face of Zytrec for the second year running and took the time out her busy schedule to chat with GLAM about her new series The Mysteries of Laura, her time on Broadway, and her summer plans.

You’ve struggled with allergies your whole life. Did you learn any special beauty tips along the way?

During allergy season, it can be pretty rough. One thing I learned is to love ice water: You get a washcloth that’s really wet and cold, and you put it on your face for like 20 seconds and it will take all the puffiness down. It really works, and it’s great. I also always have eye drops with me in case my eyes ever start to feel itchy. Also, waterproof mascara is also a great thing to have. Those were my main things.

Great tricks. How do you like being back on Broadway?

Oh it was incredible! It was a dream come true. I’ve always dreamt of being on Broadway, and it was so much more than I ever imagined it could have been. It was just indescribably wonderful.

Other than your own play, what was the last play that you saw?

The Bridges of Madison County, a Broadway musical that got all these nominations for the Tony’s. It was incredible. I was very sad to see it close.

In your new series, you play a detective–is that right?

Yes.

How do you like playing a detective? Did you read a lot of mystery novels growing up–is this something that you like?

Oh, I love it. It’s very far away from anything I’ve ever done before, which is always a fun thing. I have always been obsessed with justice and the judicial system. For me, for fun, I would always watch court cases. Now it’s truTV, but it was Court TV like ten years ago and for me, nothing was more entertaining and riveting than watching real life. So I’d constantly watch The Dateline Mysteries, 48 Hours, Cold Case–it’s my thing. To even go to work and play characters that make up that world and also to have a good time is kind of heavenly.

Where is your favorite place to go in New York City?

I love to walk around Nolita–that part of town–I lived downtown most of the time I lived in New York so it feels like an old stomping ground for me. Of course, I love going to Central Park because there’s something so wonderful about being surrounded by green in the middle of this packed, urban center.

What’s the last thing you do before you go to bed?

I just finished an amazing book. I’ve been reading a new book that I can’t remember the name of. I’ve been doing a lot of reading this summer because usually I don’t have the chance. It’s from the author who wrote The House of Sand and Fog.

Do you have anything else fun planned this summer–vacation plans? Anything you can share?

Just spending a lot of time relaxing with my son until he goes to camp, and I go to work right after Fourth of July, so that’s the end of my summer.

You can see Messing in action when The Mysteries of Laura premieres on Wednesday, September 24 at 8 p.m on NBC.