In real life, Eric is married to a woman, but for eight years he's played a gay character. Does he worry about being typecast?
"I think it crossed my mind. It always does, but now I've seen a lot more straight actors take on that challenge—television, film, whatever, Brokeback Mountain—and with a lot less fear. So I'm kind of proud."
Eric says playing a gay character allowed him more physical freedom than some other roles. "All of a sudden you're playing a gun-toting cop," he says, "and you really have to make sure that the pinkie's not up."
Leaving Will & Grace will mean leaving a whole way of life for Eric and the gang. "Sitcom life in general is a pretty good way to live. With our show, we worked about three hours a day," Eric says. "Now people are like, 'Oh, you must be happy to have a break.' I'm, like, 'No, now the hard work starts—the break is over!"
Oprah wants to know—what will the cast miss most about the past eight years?
Sean: The thing I'll miss is the learning process—every single day, even on a personal level, from my peers.
Eric: Because we're older, Sean?
Sean: Yeah, because I always learn from the elderly.
Megan: We had some extraordinary human beings who worked on our crew and staff and I learned a lot.
Debra: [I'll miss] the laughing—we laughed together every single day at work and that is such an extraordinary gift and a blessing.
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