Debra Messing

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Even stars get nervous during job interviews.

In this case, the job interview is an audition. The star in question? Debra Messing, currently jazzing up prime time in the smash making-of-a-Broadway-musical series Smash.

We quizzed the hot-pink-clad actress, who swung by Michael Kors' Fashion Week show this morning, about her own experience hitting the audition circuit when she was just getting started.

One particular audition, she says, still stands out as the most memorable and terrifying acting bid she's ever had to do. Clue? It wasn't for a Tinseltown project…

"I remember vividly in high school having to audition for Annie," she tells us, "and having to go in front of my drama teacher and in front of all the other kids in the drama club, and having to sing 'Tomorrow.'"

Talk about perfect casting! We can totally picture the flame-haired funnylady in her younger days gunning for the iconic role of the spunky, redheaded orphan.

"I wanted Annie so badly, and I ended up getting the part!" she says. "But I remember feeling that very unique terror, exuberance, excitement, trepidation that only comes from auditioning for something—and something that you really love."

So does she still get butterflies in her stomach these days when coming in to audition?

"Always, always!" she admits.

We'd tell Messing to break a leg, but we're sure the talented and versatile gal kills it at any audition she does!

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