Debra Messing claims Will & Grace executives wanted her to wear 'chicken cutlets' at first outfit fitting

Actress Debra Messing speaks out against the body-shaming demands she faced during the production of 'Will & Grace,' revealing the pressure from NBC executives to enhance her bust size

Updated on Sep 08, 2023   |  01:40 PM IST  |  130K
Debra Messing (credit:therealdebramessing/Instagram)

Key Highlight

  • Debra Messing recently shared her experience of uncomfortable wardrobe demands during 'Will & Grace'
  • She disclosed that the executives at NBC wanted her to have larger breasts

Debra Messing, renowned for her portrayal of Grace Adler on the hit sitcom Will & Grace, recently shared her experience of uncomfortable wardrobe demands she encountered during the show's production. In a candid revelation, she disclosed that the executives at NBC wanted her to have larger breasts while filming the popular series.

Debra Messing on pushing back against body modification

During a panel discussion titled The Magic of Will & Grace at The Paley Center for Media, Messing bravely spoke out about her resistance to the idea of wearing silicone bra inserts to augment her chest size. She expressed her disapproval, stating, "I just wasn't a fan of, like, the whole idea of it."

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Confronting the network president

While Messing did not mention the NBC president by name, she revealed that the wardrobe directive originated from the highest ranks of the network. Recounting her response to the demand, she boldly asserted, "If he wants it, then he needs to come here and tell me to my face." She mentioned how the creators of the show asked her to wear breast padding also known as 'chicken cutlets'. This was requested by them to make the actor's breast look bigger.

Debra Messing's revelation highlights the challenges and pressures that actors face in relation to body image within the entertainment industry. Her unwavering refusal to conform to unrealistic beauty standards sends a powerful message about self-acceptance and the importance of challenging body-shaming practices. By sharing her candid remarks, Messing contributes to the ongoing conversation surrounding body positivity and the need for greater inclusivity in Hollywood. Her stance serves as a reminder that actors should be celebrated for their talent and not subjected to harmful body modifications. Messing's bravery in speaking out against body shaming inspires others to embrace their authentic selves and fosters a more inclusive and accepting industry culture.

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