Debra Messing on ‘Searching’ and Her Newfound Views on Technology

     August 24, 2018

Who people are on a screen can often run counter to who they are in reality, the image we project masking our true selves. Images – doctored. Words – altered. People – non-existent. The subterfuge of the web makes an ideal setting for a mystery, one which Searching (told entirely from the perspective of the screen) takes full advantage of.

In the film, Debra Messing co-stars as Rosemary Vick, a dedicated detective assigned to look into the disappearance of a teenage girl. With the help of the girl’s father (John Cho), the duo unravels the circumstance and (potential) culprit behind the teenager’s disappearance.

searching-posterIn the following interview with Debra Messing, she discusses how Searching affected her views on technology, the tricks to staring at a computer screen, and the differences between playing a homicide & a missing person’s detective. For the full interview, watch above.

Debra Messing:

  • Has starring in Searching affected Messing’s views on technology?
  • How much of her life is inundated by technology?
  • How did this role first come to Messing?
  • What’s the first thing Messing does to find the character when she gets a script?
  • Is there a difference between playing a homicide detective and a missing person’s detective?
  • What’s the trick to staring at a computer screen and making it seem believable?

Here’s the official synopsis for Searching:

After David Kim (John Cho)’s 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a local investigation is opened and a detective is assigned to the case. But 37 hours later and without a single lead, David decides to search the one place no one has looked yet, where all secrets are kept today: his daughter’s laptop. In a hyper-modern thriller told via the technology devices we use every day to communicate, David must trace his daughter’s digital footprints before she disappears forever.

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