'Mysteries of Laura' star Debra Messing dishes on realities of being a single mom

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By MARAH ALINDOGAN

Debra Messing has spent most of the summer in New York City filming the second season of her hit TV show "Mysteries of Laura," but the stunning actress revealed the one job most important to her: being a mom.

"It's hard being single mom or dad," the 47-year-old single mom confessed to AOL in an exclusive interview.

It's no surprise that Messing can totally relate to her TV character – a brilliant NYPD detective juggling crime and her devilish twin boys as a single parent.

Between long days of filming and trying to squeeze in as much time as she can with her 11-year-old son Roman, the former "Will & Grace" star revealed trying to do it all can sometimes get overwhelming.

"It really is an hour to hour thing." Messing shared. "One hour you feel really good balancing being both an employee and a mom and then the next hour it doesn't turn out the way you thought it would."

But the Emmy-winning actress has the perfect cure-all for all the chaos thrown her way.

"For me, a bath at the end of the day is always a panacea."

Messing's unpredictable schedule is about to get even more hectic with the start of another school year, but it's clear that she's all about looking at the silver lining of any situation. The actress gladly dished on the one back-to-school activity she's most excited about.

"I'm obsessed with Staples, Office Max and anything that has to do with school supplies," Messing gushed. "I get giddy. That's my candy shop."

And she wasn't shy in revealing the one aisle you'll most likely find her camping out at.

"The pen aisle alone for me – I could just be there for at least half an hour," Messing happily said while talking about her latest partnership with Zyrtec. Messing is also an allergy sufferer, so Zyrtec is a must for back-to-school season.

Even with the demands of numerous projects on the horizon, including a children's film set to come out next summer, Messing makes sure to enjoy some laughs along the way – especially with her "Mysteries" co-star Max Jenkins.

"We are often singing Broadway show tunes whenever we get together. I think Max and I are the ones who get the silliest."

Are the bright lights of the Broadway stage in Messing's future? We wouldn't put it past this superwoman.

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THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA -- 'The Mystery of the Taken Boy' Episode 201 -- Pictured: (l-r) Debra Messing as Laura Diamond, Josh Lucas as Jake Broderick -- (Photo by: Eric Liebowitz/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Debra Messing -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Actress Debra Messing attends the American Theatre Wing's 69th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 20: Debra Messing attends 'Primates of Park Avenue' by Dr. Wednesday Martin Release Event at the Children's Museum of the East End on June 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images for 'Primates of Park Avenue')
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 11: Actor Debra Messing attends the 2015 NBC upfront presentation red carpet event at Radio City Music Hall on May 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Mariska Hargitay and Debra Messing attend The Joyful Revolution Gala hosted by Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation at Spring Studios on May 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Joyful Heart Foundation)
THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA -- 'The Mystery of the Corner Store Crossfire' Episode 122 -- Pictured: Debra Messing as Laura Diamond -- (Photo by: Barbara Nitke/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 22: Debra Messing attends the Broadway Opening Night Performance of 'Something Rotten' at the St. James Theatre on April 22, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: Roman Zelman and Debra Messing attend New Jersey Devils vs New York Rangers game at Madison Square Garden on April 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA -- 'The Mystery of the Crooked Clubber' Episode 120 -- Pictured: (l-r) Debra Messing as Laura Diamond, Josh Lucas as Jake Broderick -- (Photo by: Barbara Nitke/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 0157 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Debra Messing during an interview with host Seth Meyers on February 3, 2015 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 14: Debra Messing (2nd L) and hosts Steve Doocy (L), Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade appear on set of 'FOX & Friends' at FOX Studios on October 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0120 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Debra Messing during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on September 9, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 17: Debra Messing visits 'Extra' at their New York studios at H&M in Times Square on September 17, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Debra Messing arrives at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
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