Debra Messing Admits She Gave Madonna A Fake Name On Set Of ‘Will & Grace’, Eric McCormack Reveals How Elton John’s Cameo Came About

“Will & Grace” stars Eric McCormack and Debra Messing have spoken about some of the A-list celebrities who have joined them on their hit series when they appeared on Friday’s episode of “The Graham Norton Show”.

The U.S. sitcom returned to screens after an 11-year hiatus last autumn, but as it’s only just airing in the U.K., the much-loved duo, who play Will Truman and Grace Adler, stopped by the BBC talk show to discuss the upcoming ninth season.

Talking about some of the major celebs who have played a part on the show over the years, Messing, 49, had one interesting story in particular to tell about Madonna, 59, who played Karen Walker’s potential roommate back in 2003.

“Madonna didn’t have a clue who we were and she could not remember our names so I told her mine was Rachel. She said, ‘Really? That is my Kabbalah name,’ I said like, ‘How about that!’ so for the rest of the week she called me Rachel.

“When she finally realized that wasn’t my name she sent me roses with a note written to ‘Dear Debra.’”

McCormack, 54, added: “The same thing happened to me and she sent flowers and a note saying, ‘If my husband would let me, I’d tattoo your name on my arm.’”

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The actor went on to reveal how Sir Elton John’s stint on the show came about: “I grew up with David Furnish (Sir Elton’s husband) so that’s how Elton ended up on the show. David called one day to say he was in town so I invited him to dinner and he brought Elton with him. I was trying to be cool but had had just enough wine to ask him to christen our new piano.

“When he asked what he should play, I thought, I’m not going to be a schmuck and ask for ‘Rocket Man’, so I said, ‘”I’ve Seen That Movie Too” from Yellow Brick Road’ and he looked up at me and said, ‘I don’t remember that song!’”

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Talk then turned to Messing’s famous locks, with the actress admitting in America it usually means you’re funny if you have red hair. “My hair is naturally dark auburn but when I got my first TV show they told me I had to be redder. When I asked why they said it was funnier. So that was that.”

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