Debra Messing is opening up about the end of her decade-long marriage to Daniel Zelman.
"It's a new chapter in my personal life. I'm walking a path I've never walked before. But I'm optimistic," the "Smash" star said in the June issue of Ladies’ Home Journal. "Every thought is dictated by what's best for our son. We are completely on the same page in that regard. We are dear friends. And I am at peace with the journey we've had. I feel like the 20 years we had together has been a huge success. And despite the fact that everything is changing, I think everyone is thriving."
The 43-year-old actress announced her separation from Zelman, a producer and actor, in December 2011. She told Ladies’ Home Journal that the couple had talked about separating prior to moving to New York to film "Smash."
Messing also reflected on marriage itself and whether it's possible for a union to last.
"I think the institution of marriage is a noble thing. I think the idea of a partner for life is incredibly romantic," she said. "But now we're living to 100. A hundred years ago, people were dying at age 37. Til death do us part was a much different deal."
It's not the first time Messing has dished on marriage. In June 2007, she told Redbook magazine, "I'm not one to give out marriage advice. Circumstance has so much to do with whether or not your relationship survives and evolves," she said. "It's work every day. It's sacrifice and compromise. Life is hard, and it's not in our human nature to compromise quickly and easily. It's something you have to want to learn how to do."
Messing and Zelman, who met as graduate students at New York University, married in 2000 and have an 8-year-old son, Roman. The actress is reportedly dating her "Smash", co-star Will Chase, who also recently separated from his wife.
Below, a look back at Messing and Zelman's marriage:
Debra Messing and husband actor/screenwriter Daniel Zelman attend the 16th Annual Bette Midler's New York Restoration Project's Hulaween at The Waldorf Astoria on October 28, 2011 in New York City. Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images
Actress Debra Messing and Daniel Zelman arrive at the 2009 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter held at the Sunset Tower on February 22, 2009 in West Hollywood, California. Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images
Writer/producer Daniel Zelman and actress Debra Messing arrive at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre on September 20, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Debra Messingand her husband Daniel Zelman attend the F/X 'Damages' Primetime Emmy Awards Party at the Foxtail on September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images
Actress Debra Messing and husband Daniel Zelman are seen playing Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock at The Luxury Lounge in honor of the 2008 SAG Awards featuring Activision, held at the Four Seasons Hotel on January 25, 2008 in Beverly Hills,California. Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images
Debra Messing and her husband Daniel Zelman attend the Michael Kors Fall 2006 fashion show at Bryant Park during Olympus Fashion Week in New York City. Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images
Actress Debra Messing and her husband Daniel Zelman attends the 'Los Angeles Confidential Celebration With Gotham Magazine's Cover Star Debra Messing' at the Atrium on March 11, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images
Actress Debra Messing and husband, actor Daniel Zelman attend the Los Angeles premiere of Universal Pictures' film 'Along Came Polly' on January 12, 2004 at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre, in Hollywood, California. Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images
Actress Debra Messing and her husband Daniel Zelman attend the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium September 19, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Actress Debra Messing nominated for 'Lead Actress, Comedy Series' in the situation comedy 'Will and Grace' poses with her husband Daniel Zelman during the arrivals to the 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles 10 September, 2000. Photo LUCY NICHOLSON/AFP/Getty Images