Evidently Debra Messing has had a phobia of water for some time and that fear popped up big time when she was put in a position where she had to perform in some underwater scenes . . . since she had been successful at stopping smoking with the aid of hypnosis, she went to the same hypnotist to help her with her water phobia . . . Messing calls on Hypnosis to Help Her with Underwater Scenes . . .
Will and Grace star Debra Messing called on the hypnotist who helped her quit smoking when faced with having to play an "aquatic showgirl" – because she’s terrified of being underwater. The actress plays a Las Vegas, Nevada mermaid in Drew Barrymore’s new film Lucky You and was terrified when she found out there was no stunt double for the underwater scenes. So she headed back to the hypnotist who cured her of her smoking habit five years ago, and asked him to give her a quick fix, so she could cope with 16 hours of aquatic work without freaking out. She says, "I had a full mermaid costume… They put me in a tank with 2,000 fish and I had to lip-sync and dance underwater with sharks and stingray. "It was the most traumatic thing I have ever experienced in my entire life but I’m proud I got through it. "When they offered me the part, they said, ‘We just wannna make sure that you don’t have a phobia of water or fish… because you’re not gonna have a stunt double,’ and I was like, ‘Oh crap,’ because that’s one of my phobias. "I did not mention this and then I went to a hypnotist and the hypnotist got me through it… He just talked me through it." But the hypnosis was only temporary and Messing insists she’ll never repeat the experience: "I will never set foot in a tank again. It was 16 hours I was underwater – as a mermaid."
A couple points . . . the hypnosis, when done properly and fully engaged, should last a life time. Some folks do indeed find they need or wish boosters later but the goal should be for life change, not temporary bolstering. In any case, Messing was indeed able to manage her outcome goal and that seems to have been the point of her sessions.
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