Will & Grace star Eric McCormack reveals which music icon he ‘grew up pretending to be’

Virgin Radio

20 Mar 2024, 14:25

Eric McCormack talks to Chris Evans at Virgin Radio.

When Eric McCormack visited Virgin Radio ahead of starring in a new musical, he spoke to Chris Evans about the icon he would mimic in his childhood bedroom, and later on the Will & Grace set.

The Emmy Award-winning actor joined the Chris Evans Breakfast Show with webuyanycar ahead of starring in a new musical in concert; Wild About You, when Chris asked who he loved, musically. 

“Oh, I grew up pretending to be Freddie Mercury in my bedroom,” Eric replied. 

Revealing that he saw Queen live in “'78 in Toronto and then in '80,” he said his preference from the band’s output is “70's Queen, mostly.”

But it wasn’t just within his bedroom as a child that Eric pretended to be the legendary frontman. He sometimes did so having found fame as Will in hit US sitcom Will & Grace. “We'd be recording in front of an audience for Will & Grace, and sometimes if I wasn't in the next scene, I would dress up as Freddie,” he told Chris.

“There's footage of it, of me just aping Freddie out in the audience.”

Speaking about the success of Will & Grace, which was filmed in front of a live studio audience, Eric said: “In many ways, it started with Cheers in the States, years before, but on NBC in particular, we suddenly had Seinfeld and we had Friends and we had Mad About You. It was called, ‘Must-see TV’. That was the slogan they used, and to be part of that at the time, we were aware that it was the best of times.

However, the times they were a-changin’, as the actor explained: “At the same time, but at the tail-end of us was The Office, 30 Rock, Curb Your Enthusiasm, where there wasn't a live audience, where it was a single camera… and it was much more post-ironic. It was a new thing.

“I loved it… but it kind of killed the thing that we were doing. And it's very hard now to do that.”

Regarding comedy nowadays, he asked: “Are we all too smart for our own good, that we don't know how to do a good old-fashioned comedy? When you see some of the variety shows, both in Britain and in the US, from the 60s and 70s, you can't do that anymore, then you can't do the Sonny and Cher Show or Dean Martin, that's gone. Because we're all too smart and too clever. So I don't know how we continue to do that.”

He added: “My son's 21 and when I see what younger people are doing themselves, the DIY shows that they're doing on their phone that they're doing for TikTok or whatever, I don't even understand it, some of it. My son will show me something and I'll go ‘Was that funny?’ He goes, ‘Yeah, dad. That's funny.’ I’ll go ‘Okay. Alright.’”

Eric is in the UK to star in a new musical in concert; Wild About You, which is taking place at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane on the 25th and 26th March. Read more about what he had to say to Chris about it here.

The comedy star also revealed which Friends’ character he auditioned for, back in the day. Find out here

Wild About You - Musical In Concert is at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 25th and 26th March. For ticket info visit lwtheatres.co.uk.

For more great interviews listen to The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with webuyanycar weekdays from 6:30am on Virgin Radio, or catch up on-demand here.