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Debra Messing Says She Was 'Way Too Skinny' on Will & Grace: 'I Couldn't Be Healthy and Size 2'

Jamil noted during their conversation that when Will & Grace premiered back in 1998, it was during "the height" of Hollywood’s hard-to-obtain beauty standards, before adding that "the physique of the ’90s" was to be "wildly" skinny.

"My body just could not hold out," Messing said. "My adrenals crashed, I was exhausted and it just became clear to me that I couldn’t be healthy and a size 2 at the same time."

Messing also said she wishes she had been kinder to herself and her body during that tumultuous time. "I look back at those pictures and I was beautiful," she shared. "I mourn the fact that that was my interpretation of reality and that was the torture that I put myself through."

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