‘Mysteries of Laura’ Star Laz Alonso on ‘Comedic Genius’ Debra Messing, ‘Fast & Furious’ Co-Star Paul Walker (Video)

Actor also praises co-star Debra Messing on Greg Berlanti’s NBC drama during new episode of TheWrap’s “Drinking With the Stars”

Debra Messing is the Lucille Ball of our time, according to her “Mysteries of Laura” co-star Laz Alonso.

The actor sang Messing’s praises during a new episode of TheWrap’s “Drinking With the Stars,” presented by Zacapa Rum.

“It’s been an awesome, awesome ride,” said Alonso. “Debra is a comedic genius. She’s, lovingly, the Lucille Ball of our time. For me it’s been like an acting course in comedic timing. I’ve just been sharpening my craft.”

Alonso, who plays Billy Soto on the Greg Berlanti NBC drama, also recalled how revolutionary James Caremon’s “Avatar” felt at the time of filming – way back in 2007.

“The stuff you see on film now, when we were doing it all, it was all experimental,” the “Avatar” actor said. “That was the very beginning of motion capture, to the level of where it is now.”

On top of being a part of the top-grossing movie of all time, Alonso is also a part of the “Fast and the Furious” franchise, having played Fenix in the fifth and sixth installments of the Vin DieselPaul Walker drag racing action series.

“What I remember most about working on ‘Fast & Furious’ was, and now it’s a lot special, is working with Paul Walker,” he said. “It’s good to see people who are just genuine, be successful at the same time. I really got a tremendous amount of respect working with him on that set. Paul’s a man’s man. He did all his own stunts, he was just a cool dude.”

Alonso said Walker always jumped at the chance to help others.

“When the movie would wrap, if there was a hurricane in Haiti, or an earthquake in South America somewhere, he’d grab his backpack, jump on a plane and go, to help. He did everything in his power. It didn’t matter how much money he made, he never let that interfere with how he could contribute to humanity.”

Alonso has been in the acting game for years. But for those who don’t remember, he also worked in journalism, as host of the BET entertainment news magazine “NYLA.”

You can see more of Alonso on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC’s “The Mysteries of Laura.”