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.
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.”
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, ├óΓé¼╦£What if I become that heavy and can’t walk around or get stuck in the doorframe? I was like, ├óΓé¼╦£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.”
“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.]