Chrissy Metz’s Incredible Transformation
We’re checking in one one of the stars of
This Is Us, with a look at Chrissy Metz’s
weight loss journey, along with the positivity
and gratitude she brings to every day of her
On the sidelines
When she first moved to Los Angeles, Metz
saw acting from a totally different viewpoint
– that of a talent agent.
According to Marie Claire, she became her
agent’s assistant after spending a few years
auditioning for roles.
Although it was a job, it wasn’t Metz’s reason
for moving to LA.
She told Harper’s Bazaar,
“Scheduling auditions for the talent was like
watching your boyfriend take out another woman
every single day.”
“When is the universe gonna give me a damn
Luckily, Metz didn’t give up on her acting
It’s near impossible to picture anyone else
playing Kate Pearson on This Is Us, but Metz
had to hustle for the chance.
“I think I was a lot like Kate in my earlier
years, before I was really secure with who
I was and really knew that our bodies don’t
She told Deadline,
“I desperately wanted an audition and begged
my agent for the opportunity to read for casting.
This was a role that finally broke down the
real issues behind weight; inadequacy, codependent
relationships and living in the shadows.”
“You have to wonder like ok, are people trying
to help me, do they really wanna help me,
or do they wanna benefit from the situation.
Maybe it’s both.”
Although there has been speculation regarding
the details of Metz’s This Is Us contract,
she told People that it includes nothing demanding
that she lose weight.
“There were like a hundred strangers and I
was basically naked.
So that’s a little nerve wracking.
Very liberating however, but very nerve wracking.”
But Metz revealed that healthy weight loss
was discussed as a part of her character’s
She told Ellen she was looking forward to
the challenge, saying,
“Like most actors right, like we are chameleons,
so we play different roles…
So I was kinda like, oh, I hope I get to lose
weight, cuz that’s like a win-win for me.”
She shared with TVLine that having that accountability
to the show would help keep her on track with
her – and Kate’s – health.
Showing the love
This Is Us not only features heartrending
topics, but it also highlights different perspectives.
“A woman reached out and said oh my gosh for
the first time in my life I felt confident
after seeing you.”
Metz summed this up during an interview with
The Wrap, saying,
“The show is educating people in that people
who are overweight don’t just sit in a corner
eating themselves into oblivion.
The food is the symptom, it’s not the issue.”
And the show does even more for its audience;
it comforts them as well.
“I cry in bathrooms with strangers.
“That’s nice of you.”
“I can’t help it.
These stories that they, you know, tell me.”
Metz says that’s exactly what TV is for – to
let fans know they’re not alone.
“No, I’m always prepared to cry.
For the record, it’s always right here.”
As Metz becomes an even more influential voice
for women around the world, she continues
to speak out for herself, as well.
According to People, after appearing at the
MTV Movie & TV Awards in 2017, she received
some negative comments on social media about
But Metz fired back at the haters, tweeting,
“For the record, I wear what I want, when
News flash it’s MY body.
This award-winning actress knows who she is
– and she stands up for it.
Everyone can relate
Life isn’t perfect – but that’s what makes
Metz and her show, This is Us, so special.
Each character portrays a vulnerability that
many fans can easily recognize in themselves.
Metz told Ellen,
“I think everyone has shame about something,
whether it’s a lack of a relationship with
a child or maybe their weight or a lack of
communication within their marriage.
[…] Everyone can relate to that.”
“We’re all going through something, it doesn’t
matter how tall, thin, rich, y’know, poor
we are, that we all want the same thing.”
Metz, in particular, has been so open about
her own journey in life that it seems nearly
impossible not to relate with her.
And according to Glamour, her fans have been
vocal with their support.
But don’t think that all of this success is
going to change this humble star.
She told the magazine,
“Sometimes I cry on the way to the set still.
There is something that happens when you are
grateful: You continue to keep receiving blessings.
So I will always be grateful.”
“It goes beyond TV and it just goes to like
the human connection, and that for me is why
I started acting.”