Chrissy Metz had a big year in 2016. “This Is Us,” the NBC show she stars, premiered to immediate acclaim. Even though this wasn’t her first acting role, with previous credits including a role on American Horror Story, This Is Us was the project that finally earned Metz the recognition she deserved. Metz’s character, Kate, is a vulnerable woman who works for her brother and struggles with her personal weight loss goals. Viewers are given a close look into her daily life.
Metz has spoken out about her struggle with weight loss while the show has been in the spotlight. She appears down to earth and grateful for what life has brought her in every interview. Let’s take a look at Metz’s weight loss journey and the positivity and gratitude she brings to her daily life.
She’s struggled with her weight since childhood
Metz has struggled with her weight throughout her life. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, she said, “I was born chubby, and while I was thinner, more active, and participated in sports at various times throughout my life, I was always a chubbier kid. My friends were free to eat whatever they wanted, but I knew as a kid that if I ate certain foods, I would gain a lot of weight. So I had to pay close attention to what I ate.”
Metz described being on a show with flashbacks to her character’s childhood as “heartbreaking.” Metz spoke with THR about her understanding of Kate’s struggles and her relationship with her mother, Rebecca (played by Mandy Moore). “When I was 11, I used to go to Weight Watchers. It was awkward because I was the youngest person in the damned room. My mother attempted to solve the problem, but it was a lengthy process. Kate wishes for her mother to be pleased with her. Rebecca wants her daughter to be happy and, of course, not to be teased and to live everyday life. Someone is going to pick on you for something, no matter what. It’s a tangled web of relationships, and it’s heartbreaking.
Acting came up unexpectedly.
Metz worked as a preschool teacher in her early twenties. Then everything changed one day. According to Marie Claire, Metz took her sister to an audition and ran into an old teacher who encouraged her to try out. Metz was skeptical. “In my heart, I was like, ‘Yes, I would love to,’ but I was too afraid of my own shadow,” she explained. Metz took a chance, though, and it paid off. The next day, she got a call, and less than a year later, she was in Los Angeles, auditioning for pilot season. “She said, ‘Mom, I’m going to live my dream,” her mother later reminisced with Marie Claire about her daughter. Metz should be commended for pursuing her dreams.
She had to sit on the sidelines first
Metz was able to see acting from a different perspective when she first moved to Los Angeles: that of a talent agent. According to Marie Claire, after a few years of applying for gigs, she became her agent’s assistant. However, Metz didn’t come to LA for a job; She went for a better life. “I was like, ‘This isn’t fair. I didn’t come here for that,” she said. Metz continued to act, but she made working at the talent agency her full-time job. She went on to become an agent, but she still wanted to pursue acting.
“Scheduling auditions for the talent was like watching your boyfriend take out another woman every single day,” she told Harper’s Bazaar in an interview. Metz, fortunately, did not give up. Instead, she kept auditioning, and as we all know, it worked out.
It took panic to make a change
She went to extremes with her weight-loss goal a few years before the This Is Us premiere. She told People that she lost 50 pounds on the advice of her then-manager before moving to Los Angeles. Due to depression and “eating my feelings,” she gained 100 pounds back. She took a trip to the hospital on her 30th birthday to reconsider her strategy due to a panic attack. She told the publication, “I was so enthusiastic that I lost 100 pounds in less than five months… I only ate a 2,000-calorie diet and walked 20 minutes every day.”
After getting to a better place, she snatched up her role in American Horror Story. But, unfortunately, she was cast in a position that required her to dress in a fat suit. it was also a significant occasion for Metz. “It was a wake-up call… ‘What if I get that heavy and can’t walk around or get stuck in the doorframe?’ I wondered. ‘I don’t want this for me,’ I said.”
Metz has become a voice for those who are uncomfortable talking about body image issues due to her increased awareness. In addition, she’s learned how much of an impact she has on the show’s viewers thanks to her time on the performance. “You don’t realize that someone average or even very fit can relate to someone who is overweight,” she explained. “But it’s not about our size — it’s about how we look at ourselves and how we feel about ourselves.”
Even her bank account was suffering
Metz’s role on American Horror Story came to an end after her big break, and she was back where she started. She’ll be the first to admit she needed assistance along the way. Glamour said, “I kept auditioning even though I had no savings and no money, and my credit card debt was growing… I applied for and received unemployment benefits. I got ramen noodles for a buck at a dollar store. I was never forced to live on the streets; instead, I moved in with a roommate who told me, “Stay with me until you can afford rent.” ‘Never give up.’ ‘If you don’t have any money for food, I’ll cook you dinner,’ said one of my supporters. Don’t you have the funds to enroll in an acting class? Let’s get together and read a couple of lines together.'” Metz’s support system was instrumental in getting him through the difficult times.
The actress had 81 cents in her bank account when she signed on for This Is Us. Then everything changed in an instant. But what makes Metz so unique is that her attitude hasn’t changed, even though her fortune has. She told the publication, “‘Oh, you’re on TV, you’re a millionaire!’ you might think. No. It’s a lot more money than I used to make, but I still live with my roommate — though I now pay my fair share of the rent. Is it possible for me to make my car payment on time? That’s a first. I repaid my friends and stepfather. And I finally paid off my credit cards three months ago! I still get buyer’s remorse — I just got my first pair of Alexander McQueen shoes and haven’t taken them out of the box because I’m convinced I shouldn’t have bought them.”
She knew Kate was the role for her
It’s difficult to imagine anyone else playing Kate Pearson on This Is Us, but how did Metz get the part? She had to fight for the job and knew that this was a unique project.
According to Metz’s description of Deadline, “From the moment I started reading it, I knew it would be something special. I was desperate for an audition and begged my agent to allow me to read for casting. This was the role that finally exposed the true causes of obesity: inadequacy, codependent relationships, and hiding in the shadows.”
Metz continued, “And when that audition finally happened, the room felt right to me.” “The callback, which I had not expected, was unlike any other I had ever received… Glenn [Ficarra] requested that I take my purse from the lobby and enter the scene through the front door. It was as if they were already steering me in the right direction.”
Weight loss isn’t a requirement in her contract.
Metz clarified to People that her contract does not require her to lose weight, despite speculation about the details of her This Is Us contract. On the other hand, Metz is aware of her character and journey and appears content to have the motivation to be healthy. She told the publication, “Why not have a source of motivation other than myself to reach a healthy weight? That is something that every actor does. We’re chameleons, after all. As actors, we change and grow. we gain weight, lose weight, change our hair, and so on.”
And how does this make it easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle? First, accountability and assistance are required. Metz told TVLine that we’re “more likely to do something for someone else as human beings.” Despite this incentive, Metz wants to be clear: this is all about health. “She said,” she explained, “All I have to do now is be very clear. Whether I lose weight or maintain my current weight it’s entirely up to me. Not because I don’t think plus-size, curvy, voluptuous, big bodies are attractive — I think they’re fantastic.” You can do it, girl. Metz is stunning on the inside, we can’t wait to read more interviews with her and learn more about her character on “This Is Us.”
She believes everything happens for a reason
Metz has no regrets despite going through some difficult times and struggles to get to where she is now. She is convinced that everything occurs for a reason. She said to THR, “To reflect the character in her arc and journey, Kate will lose weight in the same way that I will in real life. That excites me, especially because I’ve struggled with and considered losing weight in the past. I’ve lost and gained weight in the past. If I hadn’t already lost all of my weight, I wouldn’t have gotten this incredible role. As a result, I have to believe that everything happens for a reason, and I do.”
The actress is ready to tackle the show’s more challenging issues with such a positive and open attitude. According to THR’s interview with Metz, “I have friends who have lost weight, and I know how happy and exciting it is to lose weight, but there are other things to consider. Other things make us want to eat, overspend, or fill a void with something. As she [Kate] loses weight and puts the food down, many other issues arise, just as they do in real life. On a variety of levels, it’ll be fascinating to watch this unfold.”
She knows life can’t be perfect
Many of This Is Us’ storylines have touched on genuine issues that seem unimportant but elicit even more emotion than the most dramatic scenes. For example, Kate, played by Metz, is troubled by the fact that her boyfriend loses weight faster than she does, even though it was her idea to lose weight in the first place. Metz is aware of this sensation and addressed it in an interview with THR. “You become irritated. Not that bingeing or having a small snack is a good way to compensate for lack of weight loss, but you can’t keep beating yourself up because it’s counterproductive.” “Nothing is ever going to be perfect,” Metz admits when it comes down to it.
In the interview, she said that she believes: “We must learn to rejoice in our victories rather than wallow in the guilt of not doing something quickly, correctly, or promptly. Life has its ups and downs, just like everything else.” The actress went on to say, “Sounds like a fantastic role model to look up to,” “We’re all works in progress, and we won’t always be perfect. But, She must demonstrate that.”
She wishes to demonstrate to her fans that they are not alone.
“This Is Us” is a show that raises awareness about important issues and educates viewers about different worlds and perspectives.
During an interview with The Wrap, Metz summed up the situation perfectly: “We are afraid of what we don’t understand, I believe…. Obese people don’t just sit in a corner eating themselves to death. The problem isn’t the food; it’s the symptom. The problems arise when the food is placed on the table. That is what we must discuss.”
The show also comforts its viewers in addition to educating them. That is precisely what Metz desires for his audience. “That’s why we make art, movies, and television…because someone needs to know they’re not alone,” she continued.
She is unapologetically herself
Metz speaks out for herself as she continues to be a voice for women around the world. According to People, she received some backlash on social media after wearing a cute latex red dress to the MTV Movie & TV Awards in May 2017.
She decided to speak up about her decision after seeing the negative comments and putting everything on the table. She stated on Twitter: “I, for one, wear whatever I want, whenever I want. It’s MY body, to be clear. #thankstho.”
It’s not easy to deal with hurtful comments on social media, but Metz is confident in her skin and loves herself for it.
She and her TV character share a passion for singing
During an episode of the first season of This Is Us, viewers first saw Metz’s serious singing talent. Metz discussed the revelation and her character’s ambitions to be a singer. She expressed herself as follows: “[Kate] seems to have a soul. She’s a big fan of Motown and throwback music. I enjoy music in all genres. I’m looking forward to seeing where they’ll take it.”
And, as Metz explained at Variety’s TV Summit (via Fox News) in June 2017, this isn’t just a plotline for her but a dream. “Like Kate, I was never encouraged to sing, but I always wanted to. So it’s almost as if my dreams are coming true, and the chance to sing with my [TV] mother, Mandy Moore, would be incredible…. That would be fantastic, and music is a lovely and healing art form.”
Everyone can relate in some way
Life will never be perfect, but what makes Metz and her show This Is Us so unique is the vulnerability displayed each week. This outpouring of emotion allows the audience to see the characters for who they are. Metz said (via ET) on The Ellen DeGeneres Show: “Everyone, I believe, is ashamed of something, whether it’s a lack of a relationship with a child, their weight, or a lack of communication in their marriage… So that is something to which everybody can relate.”
Metz, in particular, has been so candid about her life journey that it’s nearly impossible not to connect with her on any subject. Her supporters have been outspoken in their support and sentiments. Glamour quoted her saying: “‘Your role and this show has changed my life,’ women have told me — average women, older women, teenagers. That makes all of the struggle, the ramen noodles, the times I couldn’t pay my bills, and the times I thought, “I can’t do this,” worthwhile.”
Don’t expect her to change as a result of her success. She’s firmly planted in the ground and intends to remain so. She explained to the publication, “I still cry on my way to the set now and then. But, something interesting happens when you are grateful: you keep getting more blessings. As a result, I’ll be eternally grateful to you.” We couldn’t have put it more succinctly ourselves.