People Staff
May 14, 2001 12:00 PM

So glorious is Debra Messing’s copper mane, it deserves its own billing on Will & Grace, the NBC sitcom in which she plays a delightfully ditzy interior designer. Her curls, though, haven’t always been treated with respect. Messing, 32, says that while working on her master’s in fine arts in acting at New York University, she didn’t want to deal with the upkeep, so “I cut off all my hair a la Sinead O’Connor.” A slight exaggeration? Perhaps. But, she says, “I learned my lesson to think twice before doing something like that.” The 57″ Messing, who lives in Los Angeles with her actor-screenwriter husband of eight months, Daniel Zelman, 33, says her beauty regime is low-key: “No manicures, no pedicures. My one indulgence is getting my eyebrows waxed.” As for products, she swears by all-purpose Aquaphor, which she buys at the drugstore: “It’s super for cracked, dry elbows and skin. My dermatologist told me it’s the best lip balm around, and it’s inexpensive.” Her attitude toward clothes is equally thrifty. “She’ll come in wearing plaid pants and some weird leather top and bizarre hat with dog ears on it, and I’ll say, ‘What is that?’ ” costar Eric McCormack, 38, reveals. “She’ll say, ‘I got this hat for only a buck and a half, can you believe that?’ And I’ll say, ‘Yes, I can, it has dog ears on it!’ ”

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