Debra Messing talks 'Smash' premiere - See video
Debra Messing is making her return to NBC and television in "Smash," set to debut on February 6 and the actress says the show is something that she's proud of.
"I think we're all most excited for sharing it and having people see it finally," Messing said in an interview provided by NBC at the show's red carpet premiere in late January. "We've been working really hard and we've done 12 of 15 episodes already and so we feel like we have a TV show and it's something that luckily we love and are proud of."
Messing, 43, is known for her former role on the long-running comedy series "Will & Grace." "Smash" stars "American Idol" season 3 finalist Katharine McPhee as a young actress from Iowa who hopes to land the part of Marilyn Monroe in a new Broadway musical about the life of the Hollywood sex icon.
Messing plays songwriter Julia Houston, who co-wrote the show's lyrics, while Anjelica Huston portrays a producer named Eileen Rand. Will Chase portrays a character named Stephen who is "a man from Julia's past."
"Smash is a love letter to New York and it's a love letter to the theater community and that has not been done before," Messing added. "You see a lot of people from the theater community here [at the premiere] celebrating that."
As for regular television viewers, Messing thinks there's something in "Smash" to keep everyone entertained. "There's no question that they're going to love the behind the scenes making of the Marilyn Monroe musical and there's these beautiful numbers and costumes and it's fantastic," Messing said.
Reports surfaced in late December that Messing, who previously announced she was separated from her husband, has been dating her co-star Will Chase.
"Smash" is set to premiere on Feb. 6, 2012. Watch a trailer for the series below.