Megan Mullally — an age disrupter extraordinaire — totally gets the best part of growing older.
In a new essay for Woman’s Day, the 58-year-old actress and singer, who returns to prime-time TV Thursday in a reboot of NBC’s Will & Grace, writes: “I’m more sure of myself now than I was 30 years ago. I’ve learned that there’s no such thing as ‘too old’ to pursue the things that inspire me. In fact, you can do whatever you want to do for as long as you want to do it.”
Mullally has said that leaving the original Will & Grace in 2006 after eight seasons was rough (“I couldn’t leave the set. I couldn’t leave my dressing room!”), but she’s moved her career in new directions. She’s part of a band – Nancy and Beth – with a bandmate, Stephanie Hunt, 30 years her junior. “It’s a blast,” Mullally says.
“Around the time I turned 50, I stopped caring so much about what other people thought of me,” she says, sounding a bit like her Will & Grace character, Karen Walker.
“There’s something powerful about not taking yourself too seriously. It shows in my work life and even in the way I dress and wear my hair.”
Speaking of which, Mullally says it’s all about being who you are. “My real style, the way I feel best and most comfortable, is casual and boyish. I would say, Never play it too safe. Follow your passions. You never know which band you might find yourself singing and dancing in when you’re 58 years old.”