'I'm the Russian Jew and I have to pretend I'm Irish' - Debra Messing on new role with Love/Hate star
Actress Debra Messing has revealed she underwent two months of dialect training to prepare for her new Broadway role, set in Mullingar.
The 45-year-old is starring alongside Brían F. O'Byrne, who played Detective Mick Moynihan in the latest series of Love/Hate, in Outside Mullingar.
But Messing said mastering the Irish accent was no easy feat and even hired a dialect coach to help her perfect it.
"I'm the Russian Jew and I have to pretend I'm Irish,' she joked during an interview with American chat show Live! With Kelly & Michael.
And she revealed she was intimidated at first while working with so many Irish in the cast, including O'Byrne and Dearbhla Molloy.
"At first it was incredibly scary," she explained. "I am a Russian Polish Jew and as far from an Irish farmer girl as you can get. But I took strength from the fact that they believed in me. Now I see it as a huge boon to have so many resources about Ireland and the Irish culture around the table.
"Doug and John and Brían have worked together before and they have a built-in language and way of communicating and camaraderie, and I would be lying if I didn't say that on the first day I was intimidated by that."
Debra added that playwright John Patrick Shanley's originality first attracted her to the tole.
"I felt like I'd never seen these characters before in my life, and it just made me feel like I have to live in this world. It's lyrical and poetic and beautiful and I found myself laughing out loud.
"And there's something sort of magical about [this opportunity."