Debra Messing talks empowering women and what's up next for her character on 'Will & Grace'

Debra Messing is all about friends both on and off the small screen. Even after a decade-long break, the actress feels most at home with her 'Will & Grace' co-stars, but knows that not everyone is able to surround themselves with a supportive group of people like she does. 

She understands that there's a need for women empowerment in the United States -- and is teaming up with TJ Maxx's annual Maxx You Project to help bring that community together. 

We caught up with Messing to talk about her work with the Maxx You Project, her 'Will & Grace' co-stars and what we can expect from the upcoming season. 

Can you talk to me about why you’re excited to be partnering with the Maxx You Project?  

I was thrilled when they reached out to me to initiate the Maxx You Project. The whole thing is about empowering women and supporting women and celebrating women and celebrating what makes each women unique. That just is right in my wheel house -- that's something I really, really believe in.

I also love the fact that it's really about harnessing the power of community. I think women together can really increase exponentially the progress that a single woman within that group can attain. They have statistics -- 51 percent of women filter themselves in order to get along in society. That makes me very sad.

We are very aware of being judged and are very aware of the expectations placed on us. But a study also showed that 3 out of 4 women, if they see another woman embracing their own individuality, they get inspired. In essence, it's contagious. The idea of there being a platform on Facebook where all of these women can come together and they can network and problem-solve and co-create strategies, and lift each-other up and encourage each other, I think it's amazing.

The fact that it's not just online -- there are workshops across the country all day where there will be a life coach there and they will be given actual tangible strategies for how to take the next step. 

And with TJ Maxx! 

It was also incredibly organic because my entire childhood, in Rhode Island, my mother and I went to TJ Maxx every two weeks, to shop. Every time we go there's something different -- it's like a treasure hunt. My mother taught me very, very young that if you pay full price, you're stupid. 

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WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured: Debra Messing -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Debra Messing and Eric McCormack on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 01: Debra Messing during Debra Messing & Eric McCormack in conversation with Ali Wentworth at 92nd Street Y on October 1, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Actress Debra Messing arrives at 2018 Television Advocacy Awards Benefiting The Creative Coalition at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on September 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 13: Megan Mullally, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing and Sean Hayes attend the ceremony honoring Eric McCormack with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame held on September 13, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 20: Actress Debra Messing arrives at a screening of Stage 6 Films' 'Searching' at ArcLight Hollywood on August 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 18: Debra Messing receives the Angel Award at Project Angel Food's 2018 Angel Awards on August 18, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Project Angel Food)
LOS ANGELES - JULY 27: The Late Late Show with James Corden airing Thursday, July 26, 2018, with guests Debra Messing and Nick Offerman. (Photo by Terence Patrick/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 19: Actor Debra Messing teamed up with T.J.Maxx to launch The Maxx You Project, creating a community that encourages women to embrace their individuality together, at Milk Studios on June 19, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for T.J.Maxx )
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 09: Actresses Megan Mullally (L) and Debra Messing arrive at NBC's 'Will & Grace' FYC Event at the Harmony Gold Theatre on June 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29: Debra Messing attends the screening of 'Hotel Artemis' at Quad Cinema on May 29, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: Debra Messing of Will & Grace attends Entertainment Weekly & PEOPLE New York Upfronts celebration at The Bowery Hotel on May 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly & People)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 17: Debra Messing attends PaleyFest Los Angeles 2018 - 'Will & Grace' at Dolby Theatre on March 17, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 11: Debra Messing poses at the 'Angels In America' on Broadway's National Theatre American Associates Celebratory Gala at The Ziegfeld Ballroom on March 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 08: Debra Messing from Will & Grace during a BAFTA screening plus Q&A at BAFTA on February 8, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Actress Debra Messing from 'Search' attends The Hollywood Reporter 2018 Sundance Studio At Sky Strada, Park City during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for for The Hollywood Reporter)
WILL & GRACE -- 'Debra Messing on the Hollywood Walk of Fame' -- Pictured: Debra Messing at the honoring of Debra Messing with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Friday, October 6, 2017 -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 06: (L-R) Actors Eric McCormack, Debra Messing and Megan Mullally attend Debra Messing being honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 6, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
MEGYN KELLY TODAY -- Pictured: The cast of Will & Grace: Megan Mullally, Sean Hayes, Debra Messing talk with Megyn Kelly on Monday, September 25, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Actors Megan Mullally, Erik McCormack, Debra Messing and Sean Hayes take part in SiriusXM� �own Hall�with the cast of �ill & Grace�hosted by Andy Cohen on September 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
WILL & GRACE -- NBC Vanity Fair Party at Mr. Purple NYC -- Pictured: (l-r) Diane Sawyer, Debra Messing, Nancy Jarecki, Mariska Hargitay -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Debra Messing attends the 'Will & Grace' celebration during Tribeca TV Festival at Cinepolis Chelsea on September 23, 2017 in New York City (Photo by Chance Yeh/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 22: Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes, Megan Mullally and Debra Messing of The Cast Of 'Will & Grace' Visits 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on September 22, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Debra Messing attends HBO's Post Emmy Awards Reception at The Plaza at the Pacific Design Center on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by JB Lacroix/ WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Debra Messing attends the 2017 Gersh Emmy Party presented by Tequila Don Julio 1942 on September 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Gersh)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Mariska Hargitay and Debra Messing attend the 2017 US Open Tennis Championships at Arthur Ashe Stadium on September 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jackson Lee/WireImage)
WILL & GRACE -- 'Who's Your Daddy' Episode 102 -- Pictured: (l-r) Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Debra Messing as Grace Adler -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC/NBU Photo Bank)
WILL & GRACE -- '11 Years Later' Episode 101 -- Pictured: (l-r) Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Debra Messing as Grace Adler -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NBCUNIVERSAL EVENTS -- NBCUniversal Portrait Studio, August 2017 -- Pictured: Sean Hayes, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, 'Will & Grace' -- (Photo by Maarten de Boer/NBC via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 03: Debra Messing attends the 2017 Summer TCA Tour 'NBCUniversal Press Tour' on August 03, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/ WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 02: (L-R) Sean Hayes, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Eric McCormack attend the 'Will & Grace' start of production kick off event and ribbon cutting ceremony at Universal City Plaza on August 2, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 22: Debra Messing attends Logo's 2017 Trailblazer Honors at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on June 22, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Krista Kennell/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: Debra Messing (R) and son Roman Walker Zelman attend 'Nightcap' Season 2 New York Premiere Party at Crosby Street Hotel on June 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Debra Messing attends Haute Living celebration of Debra Messing with Bertaud Belieu Rose at MAMO on May 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Haute Living)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Debra Messing visits at SiriusXM Studios on May 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: Debra Messing attends the Joyful Revolution Gala hosted by Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation at Spring Studios on May 22, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 531 -- Pictured: Actress Debra Messing arrives on May 18, 2017 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Honoree Debra Messing on stage during the 28th Annual GLAAD Awards at New York Hilton Midtown on May 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Honoree Debra Messing attends the 28th Annual GLAAD Awards at New York Hilton Midtown on May 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Actress/Film Producer Mariska Hargitay (L) and actress Debra Messing attend the HBO Documentary screening of 'I Am Evidence' at SVA Theatre on April 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for HBO)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 21: Debra Messing attends Build Series Presents at Build Studio on April 21, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: Emmy Award-winning actress and women's advocate, Debra Messing, joins ZELTIQ� Aesthetics, Inc. as the new Global Brand Ambassador for the CoolSculpting� brand, the world�s #1 non-invasive fat reduction treatment, at Hotel Eventi in New York City on April 4, 2017. As the face of the 'Cool Moments' marketing campaign, Messing will appear in the brand�s public relations, digital and social media campaigns, as well as physicians' office materials. For more information about the partnership and treatment, visit www.coolsculpting.com. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for CoolSculpting)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 27: Debra Messing (R) and Roman Messing attend the 32nd Annual WP Theater's Women of Achievement Awards Gala at The Edison Ballroom on March 27, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10: Debra Messing and Dayle Haddon attend The United Nations Women for Peace Association's Annual Awards Luncheon on March 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 28: Debra Messing and Roman Walker Zelman are seen at Madison Square Garden on February 28, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by TM/NHL/Getty Images)
RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Actor Debra Messing attends The 2017 MAKERS Conference Day 2 at Terranea Resort on February 7, 2017 in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for AOL)
RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA - FEBRUARY 06: (L-R) Actor Zosia Mamet, journalist Gloria Steinem, actors Kathy Najimy, Octavia Spencer, Debra Messing and Rosie Perez attend the 2017 MAKERS Conference Day 1 at Terranea Resort on February 6, 2017 in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for AOL)
RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Actors Zosia Mamet, Debra Messing and Kathy Najimy attend the 2017 MAKERS Conference Day 1 at Terranea Resort on February 6, 2017 in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for AOL)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 02: Actors Debra Messing and Billy Eichner are seen on set in Midtown on December 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 05: Debra Messing speaks during a Hillary Clinton campaign rally at Mann Center For Performing Arts on November 5, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Debra Messing and Roman Walker attends New York Islanders Vs. New York Islanders game at Madison Square Garden on October 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by GED/NHL/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 20: Tituss Burgess and Debra Messing attend the 28th Annual New York LGBT Film Festival - Newfest Voice & Visibility Award at SVA Theater on October 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Debra Messing and her son Roman Zelman attend the men's final between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland at Arthur Ashe Stadium on day 14 of the 2016 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 11, 2016 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: Debra Messing poses at The Opening Night of 'Cirque du Soleil: Kurios - Cabinet Of Curiosities' at Randall's Island Park on September 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Debra Messing and Mariska Hargitay attend the women's final at Arthur Ashe Stadium on day 13 of the 2016 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 10, 2016 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Debra Messing arrives for the women's final at Arthur Ashe Stadium on day 13 of the 2016 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 10, 2016 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 02: Actress Debra Messing attends the 2016 Accessories Council ACE Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street on August 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 27: Debra Messing waves to attendees while on stage prior to the start of the third day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Actress Debra Messing speaks during the second day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 13: Actress Debra Messing attends the New York premiere of 'Cafe Society' hosted by Amazon & Lionsgate with The Cinema Society at Paris Theatre on July 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 13: Actress Debra Messing (L) poses for a 'selfie' with guests at The United State of Women Reception hosted by Civic Nation at Hay-Adams Hotel on June 13, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
MATCH GAME - Airdate: June 26, 2016 - The iconic panel game show MATCH GAME, hosted by Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin, returns to primetime airing on SUNDAYS beginning June 26th (10-11pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images) DEBRA MESSING
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Sean Hayes and Debra Messing (costars on the TV Show 'Will and Grace') pose at The Opening Night After Party for 'An Act of God' on Broadway at Dos Caminos Times Square on June 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 03: Actresses Debra Messing (L) and Mary Steenburgen (R) laugh during a Women for Hillary Organizing event at West Los Angeles College on June 3, 2016 in Culver City, California. With less than one week to go before the California presidential primary, Hillary Clinton is campaigning in Southern California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Debra Messing -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 23: Debra Messing leaves the 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert' at Ed Sullivan Theater on February 23, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 23: Debra Messing attends AOL Build Speaker Series - Debra Messing, 'The Mysteries Of Laura' at AOL Studios In New York on February 23, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 23: Debra Messing attends AOL Build Speaker Series - Debra Messing, 'The Mysteries Of Laura' at AOL Studios In New York on February 23, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA -- 'The Mystery of the End of Watch' Episode 216 -- Pictured: Debra Messing as Laura Diamond -- (Photo by: Paul Sarkis/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Debra Messing attends Ted Gibson's 50th Birthday Party on November 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Ted Gibson)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 26: Actress Debra Messing attends Bridging The Gap and Other Short Plays by Wesley Taylor benefit reading at New World Stages on October 26, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
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)
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That's part of the fun, too! 

That is the fun and you feel so good after! You can find such a wide variety of things -- it's really what TJ Maxx is about. No two stores are alike, they don't have mannequins because they don't to dictate what's in style. They want *you* to come in and pick out what's in style for you. I just love everything about it! 

Especially in today’s political climate and the #MeToo era, I feel like we can all agree that talking about these particular vulnerabilities is super important. Can you talk about a time either in your professional life or personal life where you felt this pressure? 

When I first started out, I had just started with my master's degree in acting. I was ready to dive in and be an artist in the working world. One of my first jobs, I got on set and had all of these ideas about the character and was so excited to collaborate -- which is what I always did in theater.

I was sent the message pretty clearly that they just wanted me to stay quiet. So I did, because I was young and inexperienced and felt pressured. I actually, for a moment, called my agents and said, "I don't think I'm built for Hollywood. I think I'm just a theater actress and that's it."

And they said, "Don't give up, you have a gift and you will find a place in every medium where you can thrive and be creative and feel like an integral part of the mix. And so I did, and that's why I'm still here. 

How does it feel being back home with your Will & Grace family?

Oh my gosh, it feels wonderful! It feels strangely normal. It's been 11 years but there is something that happens when four of us get together -- there's a chemical reaction that happens. And we get into a flow together. There's nothing else in my life that makes me feel the way I do when I'm with my family. 

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WILL & GRACE -- Season 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- Season 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- Season 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Eric McCormack as Will Truman -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- Season 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Debra Messing as Grace Adler -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- Season 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'Gypsies, Tramps and Weed' Episode 7 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Cher as herself -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'It's the Gay Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' Episode 5 -- Pictured: (l-r) Harry Connick Jr. as Leo Markus, Debra Messing as Grace Adler -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'Marry Me a Little' Episode 8 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Harry Connick Jr. as Leo Markus, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'Dyeing Is Easy, Comedy Is Hard' Episode 14 -- Pictured: (l-r) Rosie O'Donnell as Bonnie, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'May Divorce Be with You' Episode 22 -- Pictured: (l-r) Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Macaulay Culkin as Jason 'J.T.' Towne, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Needle and the Omelet's Done' Episode 7 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Jared Ward as Chris -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'It's the Gay Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' Episode 5 -- Pictured: (l-r) Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'It's the Gay Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' Episode 5 -- Pictured: (l-r) Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Jason Marsden as Kim -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'Marry Me a Little More' Episode 9 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Tim Bagley as Larry -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'Das Boob' Episode 3 -- Aired 11/2/99 -- Pictured: (l-r) Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Eric McCormack as Will Truman (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- Season 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Eric McCormack as Will Truman (Photo by Bill Reitzel/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Finale' Episode 23 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Eric McCormack as Will Truman (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Finale' Episode 23 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Eric McCormack as Will Truman (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Finale' Episode 23 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kevin Bacon as Himself, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Finale' Episode 23 -- Pictured: (l-r) Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Eric McCormack as Will Truman (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Finale' Episode 23 -- Pictured: (l-r) Leslie Jordan as Beverley Leslie, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Finale' Episode 23 -- Pictured: (l-r) Harry Connick Jr. as Leo Markus, Baby Lila, Debra Messing as Grace Adler (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'Blanket Apology' Episode 19 -- Pictured: (l-r) Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Sydney Pollack as George Truman, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Blythe Danner as Marilyn Truman -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'Partners 'N' Crime' Episode 21 -- Pictured: (l-r) Christina Moore as Kitty, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'Partners 'N' Crime' Episode 21 -- Pictured: (l-r) Laura Kightlinger as Sheila, Bobby Cannavale as Vince D'Angelo, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Eric McCormack as Will Truman (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Mourning Son' Episode 20 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jerry Levine as Joe, Tim Bagley as Larry, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Leigh Allyn Baker as Ellen, Blythe Danner as Marilyn Truman, Tom Gallop as Rob, Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Debra Messing as Grace Adler -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'Buy, Buy Baby' Episode 18 -- Aired 03/30/2006 -- Pictured: (l-r) George Takei as himself, Wanda Sykes as Cricket (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'Buy, Buy Baby' Episode 18 -- Aired 03/30/2006 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Britney Spears as Amber-Louise, Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, George Takei as himself, Wanda Sykes as Cricket (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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You guys recently got approved for seasons 2 and 3! Anything we can look forward to for the upcoming seasons? 

I am overwhelmed and shocked they picked it up...I feel grateful they have confidence in us. And I'm grateful that we get to try and make people laugh every week for longer. I just know this year the characters are going to spread out a little more. 

The first season was about re-introducing the characters to the audience, and I know that Grace is going to start dating in the second season. Each one of us is going to have something new happening in their lives -- so, I'm looking forward to that. 

You can find out more about the Maxx You project here

This interview has been edited and condensed.

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