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This Is Chrissy Metz & She's 'Proud' Of It! YGG!

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If you watch This Is Us, there's a chance that you're already familiar with Chrissy Metz and her character Kate's emotional story line on the show.

In a new interview with People, the 36-year-old breakout star opens up about struggling with her weight, while using her newfound fame to spread a message of body positivity and self-love.

It's hard to believe that just a few years ago the NBC star hit a breaking point after years of depression and hearing "no" time after time:

"I'd be getting maybe two auditions a year, and I'd always see the same small group of girls."

To fill the time, Miz Metz took a job as a junior commercial casting agent, a gig she said was like "watching your boyfriend take another woman out every day."

Makes sense.

Related: Chrissy Only Had 81 Cents In The Bank Before She Hit It Big!

The actress gained over 100 lbs. as a result of "eating my feelings" before she suffered a panic attack and was hospitalized on her 30th birthday.

Obviously, this terrifying incident snapped Chrissy back into reality, and she began to follow doctor's orders to lose weight — which ultimately helped her regain confidence:

"I was so gung ho, I lost 100 lbs. in less than five months. All I did was eat a 2,000-calorie diet and walk 20 minutes a day."

That's when she booked a recurring part on American Horror Story: Freak Show playing a "fat lady" wearing a fat suit:

"It was sobering. I thought, ‘What if I become that heavy and can't walk around or get stuck in the doorframe? I was like, ‘I don't want this for me.'"

This exposure, though, is what helped Chrissy land her dream role making us cry every week on This Is Us.

On playing Kate, Metz says:

"You don't realize that somebody who's average or even very fit could relate to someone who's overweight. But it's not about our size — it's how we look at ourselves and how we feel about ourselves."

Adding:

"You have to use what you have, and I wouldn't have this role if I had already lost weight. Now it's about telling a story of a woman struggling with her weight, just as I have and still am."

As for where her journey goes from here, the starlet is "proud" of where she is, but she's ready to keep progressing:

"Sometimes I feel like I'm two people. I'm proud of who I am as a person, but I do want to be at a healthy weight. Just not for anybody but myself. I want to have a fit, healthy body and not have to be put in a box. I don't want to be limited by anything."

And lastly, Chrissy offers this piece of advice to anyone who might be facing similar battles:
"If you don't love yourself for who you are now, you can't ever become the person that you're meant to be."

Preach, bb! So inspiring!

[Image via Apega/WENN.]

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