Actress Debra Messing and Jeremy Piven don’t always agree on everything, but she claims that he was the worst ever guest star on Will & Grace. That’s because the actress claims he shoved his tongue down her throat during the kissing scenes, according to FOX News.
Messing, 46, and Priven, 49, certainly didn’t experience any grace on the set. Debra was asked on Monday night’s Watch What Happens Live on who her least favorite person on the show was, and she named Jeremy.
“You know who at the time I wasn’t a fan of? Jeremy Piven,” she said without even stopping to consider. “You know why? You know I had to kiss a lot of boys on that show, right? We we’re rehearsing, and the very first day of rehearsal he shoved his tongue all the way down to my heart,” she explained. “I was just like “wow!” And he goes “Yeah… yeah. Yep, that’s it, I’m in. I’m in.”
Debra Messing and Jeremy Piven kissed during an episode of Love Plus One, which Andy Cohen’s other guest on the night, Ali Wentworth, immediately remembered. It was the episode which Piven tried to convince Messing to have a threesome with Godzilla star Maria Pitillo.
“That was the threesome episode,” she recalled, “when you were scared to do a threesome and then you got really mad, and you were like ‘The three of us are going to get it on!!'” The Will & Grace actress said that despite telling the Entourage star to take it easy, he did the same thing every take.
“I was just like ‘this is comedy - we don’t really go that deep.’ And every time he went for it,” she added. “He didn’t ask, I didn’t give him any sort of [signal]. It was just like ‘I’m here, I get to do this… I’m gonna do it.'”
Messing also revealed that Harry Connick Jr, who played her eventual husband Leo, was her favorite. Debra almost fell for Andy Cohen’s prank when he guessed Bobby Cannavale - who played Will’s husband Vince - was her least favorite because he hated her.
“You hated Bobby Cannavale, right? You two legendarily hated each other? He was on and he said some terrible things…’ Cohen asked seriously, before admitting to a shocked her that he was only kidding.
Piven stated he was interested in portraying the drummer from the Who, Keith Moon in 2011. More recently, Jeremy played the title role in the British television drama series Mr Selfridge, the story of the London department store Selfridges.
Debra Messing and Jeremy Piven did work great together on the show, despite their differences. The actress just didn’t like his attitude or seriousness during rehearsals.