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Why Debra Messing doesn’t work out—and how she stays healthy anyway


The world fell in love with Debra Messing as the kooky, flawed lead character in the late ’90s sitcom Will & Grace. Since then, the comedic mastermind hasn’t slowed down, starring in films like Along Came Polly and The Wedding Date, and TV shows like Smash and The Mysteries of Laura.

And when it comes to wellness, her secret weapon isn’t a spin class (her current method of working out is abstinence) or a crazy restrictive diet, it’s keeping her mind clear by not caring what other people think.

“It’s easy to tell someone not to listen to haters, but that can be really hard,” Messing says. “Just try and stay focused on what matters to you, and what your own opinion is.”

Here, we got the low-down from Messing (she’s currently a Zyrtec spokesperson) on her other wellness habits and important life lessons. —Jamie McKillop

What’s your advice on dealing with critics? I’ve finally gotten to a place where I don’t care what other people think, and I feel good about the choices I’ve made, but it took time. Stick with people who are true friends, and don’t worry about people who are inconsistent. That helps.

What do you do to work out? Nothing. I don’t work out. I’m embarrassed to say that, because healthy people work out. Recently, I’ve been working 12 hour days, and on the weekends I want to climb into bed and sleep. Now that we’ve finished filming, I’m excited to get back to doing yoga and Pilates. My 11-year-old son also keeps me active. We live across the street from a park, so I stand for hours and watch him play baseball, and we take the dogs for walks.

How do you stay grounded? I try to eat really clean. Why my diet gets off, I really feel off balance, and I’ll get edgier. I start every day with a huge glass of green juice with kale, spinach, ginger, lemon, and celery. I found that it helps me with energy at work, and my skin. I’m not a huge veggie eater, but I don’t feel so guilty if I’ve had my green juice.

For more information, visit Instagram.com/TheRealDebraMessing

(Photo: Susan Waters)