Ever wonder how it feels to walk the red carpet at an awards show? Great! Kinda.

“My first red carpet was the American Comedy Awards in 2001 when I was nominated for best actress,” said Debra Messing, wearing a Jennifer Nicholson silk B&W frock and Stephen Dweck jewelry at the VIP pre-party for the Cure Autism Now Gala at the Beverly Regent Hotel. “The carpet is something no one can prepare you for.”

“It’s obviously a dream come true and such an honor but there’s tremendous pressure to look good, you get ready for hours and have that long limo ride. And I was totally disarmed by the sheer number of people on the carpet. Then there’s the lights, those flashbulbs going off and blinding you, plus the volume, people screaming and yelling at you. It really is an assault on the senses.”

Messing considers herself blessed. She has a fabulous stylist, Lori Eskowitz, also the costumer designer on “Will and Grace,” who always helps her look smashing on the carpets.

Her Oscar pick: “I’ve only seen one film so far this year and that’s George Clooney‘s ‘Good Night, and Good Luck.’ I just loved it and was so struck by the performances, the history and the verbiage.”

Photo: Debra Messing at the Cure Autism Now 10th Annual CAN:DO Gala.
(Amy Tierney / WireImage)

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