Debra Messing

What are the Religious Beliefs of Debra Messing

2020-2019

Jewish

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Debra Messing

Jewish

Jewish Background

5 Oct 2020

GLAMOUR.com

In an interview with Glamour

I grew up as one of three Jews in my very small town in Rhode Island, and we were the target of anti-Semitism. Our big lights at the end of our driveway were constantly broken with bats over and over and over again. My grandfather had a swastika painted on his car. So I was very aware from a very young age that I was different and that what I was was not good, and people didn’t like me. It took a while for me to not be scared and not to feel shame about being Jewish. I went to Brandeis University, which I think is the most Jewish university in all of America. I don’t think you will find a place that has more Jewish kids. So coming out of that, I felt like, “You know what? I know who I am and I’m not going to apologize for it".

Jewish Background

12 Sep 2019

SEATTLETIMES.com

In an interview with the Seattle Times, remembering her Jewish community center memories

That was a big part of my parents’ identity, and by proxy, mine. […] It was something I was proud of. I felt it was an opportunity to represent, and ‘Will & Grace’ became known for representing marginalized people, mainly those in the LGBTQ community. That was at the forefront of our discussions: How can we represent in a more progressive way?

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