Has Debra Messing rebounded and found a new relationship?
The star, who is well known for her role on the hit show Will & Grace, was spotted with her parents at the premiere of her latest NBC show Smash with her on-screen and rumored off-screen love interest Will Chase.
All could have been purely innocent — it was the premiere and wouldn’t be a foreign concept for the two to be dining together. Sources say, however, that both recently single actors have begun heating things up in real life and started a ‘showmance.’ Will recently split from his wife and Debra announced last year that she and her husband of 10 years decided to call it quits.
After the Cinema Society premiere, sponsored by Volvo, dinner was served steps from the striking Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Guests dined on towers of lobster, shrimp and lamb chops at low, dark banquettes, and after eating, the couple laughed and talked while sandwiched between Messing’s parents.
“We all get along famously,” Messing told PEOPLE of the close-knit cast. Asked if she was happy, the actress smiled broadly and provided a telling one-word answer: “Very.”
The costars’ off-screen relationship isn’t exactly surprising, director Michael Mayer tells PEOPLE. On-set romances are common behind the scenes on Broadway, the subject of Smash, he says. “On Broadway, we call it a ‘showmance,’ ” says Mayer. “That’s where people meet and fall in love.”
“I don’t know where Debra and Will would have met [otherwise], says Mayer. “So [Smash] brought them together. And the context of their onscreen relationship, I’m sure that triggered a lot.”