Adam Rippon made his acting debut on “Will & Grace” on Thursday night.
Rippon appeared as a barista named Timothy serving one of the show’s title stars, Will, played by Eric McCormick, one minute into the episode here. Rippon said “Will & Grace” was one of his favorite childhood shows during its first run from 1998-2006.
“When I got the call to ask if I wanted to be on the show, I had to jump at the chance. I’ve never acted before, but I love making people laugh and I love entertaining people,” Rippon said. “So it felt something within my comfort zone, while at the same time being completely opposite of my comfort zone.”
Rippon was not the first Olympian nor the first figure skater to appear on the show. Martina Navratilova, an 18-time Grand Slam tennis singles champion and a 2004 U.S. Olympian in doubles at age 47, appeared as herself in a 2000 episode.
Rudy Galindo, the 1996 U.S. figure skating champion, appeared as himself in 1999.
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