Debra Messing posted an epic throwback photo as well as a current snap to Instagram. The post honored her Will & Grace cast mates and producers, showing what a difference 21 years can make in the lifetime of a network show.
Debra shared the twin images, one atop the other, which showed the differences in the cast members. The pictured included Messing, Eric McCormack, Megan Mullally, and Sean Hayes, as well as series producers Max Mutchnick, James Burrows, and David Kohan. The top photo was taken on the last day of filming, while the bottom was from 1998. Both were taken in the shared apartment set of the characters of Will and Grace.
Messing said goodbye to both the show and the character of Grace Adler in the caption, using “#farewell” and noting that she “will be forever grateful.”
In the top image, Mullally was wearing a black dress with white polka-dot accents on the sleeves, and McCormack sported a dark T-shirt and leather jacket. Burrows was in a suit with a red tie, while Messing was dressed in a black-and-white geometric print blouse. Hayes wore a gray and white dress shirt with a gray sweater over it.
Behind the group stood Mutchnick and Kohan dressed almost identically in dark suits, blue dress shirts, and champagne-colored ties.
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The bottom picture was taken 21 years ago in W& G’s apartment. The top picture was taken right after we filmed our final scene of W&G, last night. Thank you @maxmutchnick , @kohanian , @therealjamesburrows , @eric_mccormack , @seanhayes and @meganmullally for the laughter. I will be forever grateful. #farewell
Fans added their sentiments to the touching photo, telling the actress how much joy the show has collectively brought them.
“Must have been so emotional. Will & Grace will always remain a classic for me. Thank you for all the laughs,” said one fan, followed by red, blue, and purple heart emoji.
“I love this!!! In my head, I changed the last sentence to “I WILL forever be GRACEful!!!! Excuse the dork in me lol,” quipped another fan of the series.
“Thank you for forever changing my life & bringing joy when I’ve needed it most,” send a sentimental fan looking back on how much happiness watching the show has given them.
Messing has regularly posted photos of the last weeks of production of Will & Grace as the show winds down to its final farewell. On December 17, Messing posted a photo of herself and McCormack seated on the same sofa pictured above as the set was cleared out for the final time after 11 seasons on the peacock network.
She also shared the image below. In the caption, she expressed her gratitude for her working relationship with McCormack and stated that after their 20-year friendship, he will always have a piece of her heart.
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This was taken immediately after we finished our very last Will & Grace tableread. Next week we will send these beloved characters off to their futures, which will only live in our imaginations. It’s a beautiful ending. It is bittersweet, for sure, but I am filled with gratitude that I’ve walked this path with this man. Eric McCormack~ my partner, my friend, my confidante, my brother~you will always have a piece of my heart. ❤️ #11seasons #20years #willandgrace
New episodes of the final season of Will & Grace will begin in February on NBC. The finale air date has yet to be announced.