Debra Messing opens up about what she's learned from her son

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When Debra Messing's Not On Set, She's Hanging Out With Her 11-Year-Old Son


AOL.com caught up with Debra Messing on Saturday at the Knickerbocker Hotel in New York, where top celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson threw a star-studded party for his 50th birthday.

The "Mysteries of Laura" star is a huge fan of Gibson's. "I call him my velvet teddy bear," she said. "[He] has the gentlest touch. Literally you don't even know he's working on your hair when you're having your makeup done. He's so soothing ... He's an artist with a capital 'A.'"

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Messing also gushed about her 11-year-old son and one extremely valuable life lesson she's learned from him. "My son has changed me in the most fundamental way," she explained. "I think what he teaches me is to really, really look at the world in this moment."

"He's learning and changing so much, and he's forming opinions about the world. And those opinions are changing, because he's growing up ... it's a reminder of [the fact that] everything changes ... Don't stay stuck."

Messing voiced some opinions of her own regarding the underrepresentation of women working in the theater and in Hollywood.

On Twitter she recently showed her support for the #WakingTheFeminists campaign highlighting the plight of female playwrights in Ireland:

According to Messing, the solution to getting equal representation of women working in the arts is clear. "It's just a matter of the people in power hiring more women. It's as simple as that. Because the talent and the intellect is there. The capabilities are there. It's not that the talent is lacking. It's just a model that everyone is used to, and that is a male model ...

"We need strong men in powerful positions who will say ... 'a woman's point of view is invaluable and will make our art better."'


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Debra Messing opens up about what she's learned from her son
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Debra Messing attends Ted Gibson's 50th Birthday Celebration at the Knickerbocker Hotel & Rooftop on November 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Ted Gibson and Debra Messing attend Ted Gibson's 50th Birthday Party on November 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Ted Gibson)
THEY MYSTERIES OF LAURA -- 'The Mystery of the Maternal Instinct' Episode 207 -- Pictured: Debra Messing as Laura Diamond -- (Photo by: Paul Sarkis/NBC)
THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA -- 'The Mystery of the Ghost in the Machine' Episode 208 -- Pictured: (l-r) Debra Messing as Laura Diamond, Josh Lucas as Jake Broderick -- (Photo by: Paul Sarkis/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THEY MYSTERIES OF LAURA -- 'The Mystery of the Maternal Instinct' Episode 207 -- Pictured: (l-r) Debra Messing as Laura Diamond, Josh Lucas as as Jake Broderick -- (Photo by: Paul Sarkis/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Josh Lucas and Debra Messing on the set of 'Mysteries of Laura' on November 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 13: Actress Debra Messing attends NBCUniversal's 2014 Summer TCA Tour - Day 1 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 13, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4191 -- Pictured: Actress Debra Messing during an interview on February 3, 2012 -- Photo by: Stacie McChesney/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15: Actress Debra Messing arrives at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 16: Actress Debra Messing is seen around Lincoln Center during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on February 16, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
WILL & GRACE -- 'Dames at Sea' Episode 1 -- Aired 9/25/03 -- Pictured: (l-r) Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Harry Connick Jr. as Leo Markus -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'Dames at Sea' Episode 1 -- Aired 9/25/03 -- Pictured: (l-r) Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Debra Messing as Grace Adler -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
Host Debra Messing onstage at the 2002 VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, 10/15/02. Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images.
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Kid Stays Out of the Picture' Episode 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Kid Stays Out of the Picture' Episode 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Debra Messing as Grace Adler (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Kid Stays Out of the Picture' Episode 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Debra Messing as Grace Adler (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 22: Actress Debra Messing attends the 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on September 22, 2002 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Debra Messing (Photo by Jason Kempin/FilmMagic)
The cast of the new Woody Allen film 'Hollywood Ending', arrive at the screening of the film on the opening night of the 55th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 15, 2002. From left to right are Soon-Yi Previn, Woody Allen, Debra Messing, Treat Williams, and Tiffani Theissen. Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images.
Debra Messing arriving for a screening of the new Woody Allen film 'Hollywood Ending', the opening night film of the 55th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 15, 2002. Photo by Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect.
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