Debra Messing Reveals Herself 100%

As Will & Grace marks its 100th episode, its vibrant star gives us her all: about her Court TV addiction, her piles of unpaid parking tickets and her total commitment to french fries.

I give 100%...

...all the time, no matter what I'm doing. I feel like I've always been wired that way. If I'm not going to do something 100%, I'd rather not do it. It all comes from my family's work ethic. My mother's motto was, "Do what makes you happy. And when it doesn't make you happy anymore, make a change without fear." She always said that while you're doing something, you should give it your all.

I also give 100% when...

...I pay parking tickets. You know, you can try to give 50%, but then they charge you all those penalties! Seriously, I have gotten many, many, many tickets in my life. In the past, I'd get distracted and send in a check a little bit late, but by the time they got the check it wouldn't include the late fee, so I'd get another late fee on top of the first late fee... So now, I am fully committed to giving 100% when I pay my parking tickets. Actually, my husband is now in charge of paying the parking tickets.

What holds my attention 100% is...

...Court TV. I can't stop watching it. I am absolutely obsessed! If I'm not reading a book or spending time with my husband, my friends or my dog, I am watching Court TV.

I guess it just plays into my obsession with justice and fairness if I weren't an actor, I'd be a lawyer. To me, nothing is more fascinating or theatrical than real life. These people are in dire situations, where something extreme has happened in their lives. And some of those trials! If some writer in Hollywood went into a pitch meeting with storylines that I've actually seen on Court TV, the studio head would say, "That's ridiculous. No human being would ever do that."

The cause I am 100% committed to is...

...french fries. Seriously.

I feel 100% energetic when...

...I'm arguing and I'm sure I'm wrong.

What would make the world 100% better is...

...actors not giving their opinions about what would make the world 100% better! (Well, that would make the world at least 25% better.)

I mean, everyone whether they're an actor or a doctor or a teacher or whatever is entitled to his or her opinion. But unfortunately, because actors are in the public eye, whether we want it or not, sometimes our opinions carry more weight or influence than they deserve. Certainly I'm grateful for that, because being in the public eye helps me to support charities and causes I care about like the Human Rights Campaign and the American Foundation for AIDS Research. That's an honor that comes along with this lucky thing that's happened to me. But, unfortunately, actors can't just say what they feel without people taking them too seriously, or accusing them of being pretentious, or accusing them of being ill-informed. It just carries too much baggage. We'd be better off keeping our opinions to ourselves.

But, since we're on the subject, the issue that should demand 100% of our attention right now is...

...the worldwide spread of AIDS. It's a shame that it isn't a top issue in this country, because for many countries, it's the only issue.

The person I count on 100% is... agent. Oops, no, that's only 10%.

What I want 100% more of in life is...

...time. There are so many things to explore in our world, and there's just never enough time to do them all.

If I had 10 more hours in each day, I would spend more time with my husband, my friends and my family. I would take singing and painting lessons. I would go traveling in different cultures for extended amounts of time because there's nothing like being submerged in a new culture. I would read more books when I go on vacations. I would take photography classes. I would study the history of fashion. I would study jewelry making. I would probably take classes in law, and business classes, too. God, I just could go on forever. I mean, it's just such an exciting world we live in.

What makes me 100% happy is...

...escaping to some secret, sunny spot with my husband, spending the entire time in bed in our pajamas, reading books, ordering in and just being quiet and being together. We've traveled all over the world together, and what it comes down to is just being alone with him, anywhere. That's what makes me happy.

What it would take for me to be 100% successful is...

...for me not to care whether I'm 100% successful. It's a fine balance, because when you're passionate about something, you want it to be all it can be. But in the endgame of life, I fundamentally believe the key to happiness is letting go of that idea of perfection.

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