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Chrissy Metz Is Losing Weight for This Is Us But Doesn't Have a Required Goal in Her Contract

People logo People 9/13/2017 Julie Mazziotta

© SAF/Splash News Online Chrissy Metz may be contractually obligated to lose weight for her role on This Is Us, but how it happens is completely up to her.

“Thus far, the plan we had for the character and what Chrissy’s been doing have been working in tandem, with a talk once a year of, like, ‘Hey, here’s what we’re thinking,’ ” the show’s creator, Dan Fogelman tells The Hollywood Reporter.

Metz has steadily been losing weight since she was cast as Kate Pearson, one of the “big three” siblings on the hit show, but there isn’t an exact number in her contract.

“We have a general long-term plan that we’ve all talked about, and we will adjust the plan as needed,” Fogelman explains. “I mean, that’s life, right?”

Justin Hartley and Chrissy Metz © Miller Mobley Justin Hartley and Chrissy Metz

The role has been life-changing for Metz, who was down to 81 cents in her bank account and subsisting on ramen noodles from the Dollar Store when she got the part. Fogelman based Kate off of his sister’s weight-loss struggles, but the network was deciding between Metz and an actress with a much different body type.

“The other actress was a sort of ‘Hollywood overweight person,’ struggling with losing, maybe, 20 pounds,” ” NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke says.

Metz desperately wanted the part, which truly tapped into her own experience.

“Here was this woman who was actually dealing with weight. Not like, ‘Oh my God, I gained a pound,’ ” Metz says. “She was a real woman who was really struggling, and all I could think was, ‘Oh my God, I’m Kate.’ ”

Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley © Miller Mobley Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley

Luckily, Salke and her coworkers agreed, and Metz got the job. Fogelman’s sister regularly sends notes on Kate’s storylines to ensure they’re authentic, and she had a big part in the “it’s always going to be about weight for me” monologue that Metz gave in the show’s winter finale.

“I remember reading those lines like, ‘I’m always going to be afraid of a chair breaking underneath me’ or ‘whether people will be able to recognize if I’m actually pregnant,’ and going to Dan, in tears, like, ‘These are my fears,’ ” Metz says.

Related slideshow: Proof Chrissy Metz's Life Is Much More Relatable Than You Ever Thought HER LOVE OF FOOTBALL ALMOST GOT HER KICKED OUT OF A JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE TAPING: Happens to the best of us! Back when she was an aspiring actress, the This Is Us star attended a taping of Jimmy Kimmel Live, where she was almost escorted out of the studio by security. So what did Metz do that nearly had her banished from the El Capitan Theatre? Turns out, it was all guest Cheryl Hines' fault. As a Florida State University alum, Hines was aligned with the Seminoles — the rival football team for the University of Florida's Gators, Metz's team of choice. "I was sitting in the back and I'm from Florida – and she was a Seminoles fan and I think she was also an alum," Metz, who was initially coy in identifying Hines, recounted to Kimmel. "That is, come on, rivals for life. It doesn't matter where you're at — football is religion in the South." Metz was so overcome by her passion for football that she yelled "Go Gators!" twice before being asked to leave by a security guard. "I'm like, 'No no no, I'm really sorry!' " Metz said. " 'I just got carried away – I'm a poor aspiring actor. Please don't do this this is so embarrassing.' " Proof Chrissy Metz's Life Is Much More Relatable Than You Ever Thought


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