10 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘This Is Us’ Star Chrissy Metz

  
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Not long ago, many TV fans did not know who Chrissy Metz was, but when the trailer launched for NBC’s hit fall drama This Is Us, they quickly took notice. It is safe to say that with talent such as Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, and Justin Hartley on the show, Metz has stood out and in many episodes stolen the show with her portrayal as present day Kate Pearson. With the huge following the show already has, fans can expect to hopefully see it around for some time to come, and it is safe to say Metz’s star is just on the rise now. Get to know the actress better with these 10 things you didn’t know about her:

10. American Horror Story

Before This Is Us, Metz’s biggest role to date had been as Ima ‘Barbara’ Wiggles through a few episodes of American Horror Story: Freak Show. Metz revealed she landed the part because, as a plus-size actress, only a few roles actually come up for her, and her agents jumped right on it when hearing of the role. Most surprising for the actress, however, was that she wasn’t actually as big as producers wanted her to be, and asked her to wear a fat suit. “I was thrilled to find out that I wasn’t big enough. It was a first in my life. It was liberating. Physically, I am a different person onscreen because the suit is so cumbersome. My bust is something crazy like 109 inches. I can’t cross my legs. I walk differently. There are hallways at work I don’t fit in. If it is 75 or 80 degrees outside, it is like 100 in the suit, and it makes me sweat. All that helped me get into character.”

Sam Lothridge/©FX/courtesy Everett Collection

Sam Lothridge/©FX/courtesy Everett Collection

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9. Bucket List

All of the stars on This Is Us have been extremely grateful and excited about the show’s success so far, but for Metz, it is even more special. Her role as Kate Pearson is Metz’s first ever leading role, which is something she has been waiting to check off her bucket list. “I have been in Los Angeles for a long time and I have wanted to be a series lead for a long time. It’s literally on my bucket list. But opportunities for plus-size women are few and far between,” she said during the summer Press Tour before the show’s launch. “I waited for this for so long. I’m like, Bring it on! Let me do this! Let me show up! Let me rise to the occasion!”

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Photo by Brian To/REX/Shutterstock

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