USMagazine, Thursday, April 19, 2012, 12:30pm (PDT)
Debra Messing is a smash hit in the new issue of Allure that features the magazine's annual spread with celebs posing in the buff.
And while the Smash actress is thrilled that her fans are loving her seductive shoot (Anderson Cooper's reaction: "Hubba, hubba!"), she can't help but wonder why the mag wanted her now, even though she's been on the Hollywood scene since 1995.
"This is Allure's annual nude issue, and there are several of us, several actresses. Why they decided to wait until I was 43 to ask me, I don't know," she jokes to Cooper during an appearance on his show, which airs April 23.
Also flaunting their bare bods in the spread: Dancing with the Stars' Maria Menounos, supermogul/model Heidi Klum, Person of Interest's Taraji P. Henson, GCB's Leslie Bibb, and V's Morena Baccarin.
"He is so sexy!" Messing tells the host, who retorts with, "Cee Lo Green? The guy who strokes the cat?"
"How crazy is that cat?" she answers. "That made him even cooler to me, that crazy cat. It's the fact that [Cee Lo] wears red all the time and he's got that smile and he's got the glasses. He's nurturing but he's naughty, you know he's naughty, but yet he just wants everyone to love and be good and music."
Tune into Messing's full interview with Cooper when Anderson airs Monday, April 23.