The cast of NBC’s Will & Grace just revealed a secret-pre show ritual they credit with their series’ long success during a recent visit to The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
The cast which includes Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Megan Mullally, and Sean Hayes remarked to the talk show host that many of these particular quirks come from the series’ original run from 1998-2006.
The group continues the same rituals today in the second season of the series’ revival.
“It’s very theater-like because we all have a theater background,” said Hayes to DeGeneres, as reported by Today.
“We all get together and do a little prayer, and we still do the prayer every single show.”
The prayer in question is quite direct, according to McCormack, who revealed it consists of six words.
“‘Please God, let this be funny!'”
Along with their prayer, the cast also likes to bust a move as a way to work off the stress of taping each episode.
“We kind of do what you do,” McCormack said to DeGeneres. “As soon as we meet (the audience), we start dancing.”
In addition, Messing remarked that their moves can be a little off-color, but despite that, the audience seems to love it!
She quipped that the cast members are “gyrating all over each other and feeling each other’s bodies.”
“You know,” quipped Mullally, “when they cast this show, they cast four humpers.”
“All we do is hump each other all day long,” she continued. “It’s really sad.”
Spoiler alert! This season will mark some big changes in the lives of all the characters.
The New York Post reported that the new season will also feature less political humor than the first, which was ripe with Trump jokes.
Love will be in the air in Season 2 of the series.
Grace will hook up with an indignant social-media influencer named Noah (David Schwimmer). A studly news anchor (Matt Bomer) will try to seduce Will (Eric McCormack), who has taken a job as a law professor.
Jack (Sean Hayes) is still engaged to Estefan (Brian Jordan Alvarez), and Will’s mom (Blythe Danner) and Grace’s dad (Robert Klein) will get married.
Creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan remarked in an interview with The Post, “We are trying to move [the characters] forward. Like last year was, “OK, we’re back and can still do what we used to do and hope you enjoy it.” This year it’s, “We are all this age and let’s see what comes into our lives at this point.”
Season 2 of the Will & Grace reboot will debut on NBC Oct. 4.