Debra Messing Stood Up For Herself After A Network Exec Insisted She Have Bigger Breasts On "Will & Grace"

    "'If he wants it, then he needs to come here and tell me to my face.'"

    On Monday, while participating in The Magic of Will & Grace at The Paley Center for Media, Debra Messing spoke candidly about her sitcom days and the physical changes she was asked to make on her body.

    Debra on the red carpet for the Paley Center event. Debra is wearing a bustier top and blazer

    Debra, who played Grace Adler on the hit series, opened up about the time a former NBC executive wanted to make her character's breasts bigger.

    A close-up of Debra as Grace

    "The very first fitting, they had the chicken cutlets to make me bigger," Debra said to the audience. "I just wasn't a fan of, like, the whole idea of it."

    Grace Adler in a printed wrap dress

    But Debra had no problem standing her ground on her decision and fighting back against his request.

    Grace sitting on a couch next to Karen Walker, played by Megan Mullally

    "I was like, 'You know what? I don't need that,' and they're like, 'Well, it's the president of the network [saying this].' And I said, 'If he wants it, then he needs to come here and tell me to my face.'"

    Despite jokes about her chest size being written into the show on various episodes, Debra was adamant about her decision. But this isn't the first time her body was the topic of discussion in her career.

    Will Truman, played by Eric McCormack, holding onto Grace's breasts from behind as liquid squirts out while they stand inside an art gallery

    "When I started Will & Grace I was a size eight, and what happened was, every time I would go in for a fitting, I couldn't fit into clothes," Debra recalled on the Earwolf podcast I Weigh with Jameela Jamil. "Eighty percent of it I couldn't fit into, and I would just leave hating my body and hating myself."

    So, Debra thought it would be "easier on everybody trying to do their job" and her if she just lost weight. Debra ultimately went down to a size two.

    "I was way too skinny," she confessed. "But, you know, going in for those fittings, I fit into everything. And all of a sudden, I literally could fit into anything that was high fashion. So all of a sudden, everything seemed to open up for me, because I was a two."

    It wasn't until Debra faced a health scare that she realized she couldn't maintain a healthy lifestyle and remain a size two.

    To learn more about Debra, check out more from her time at The Paley Center of Media on Entertainment Tonight.