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Chrissy Metz's Weight-Loss Story Is Just As Emotional As Kate's On 'This Is Us'

If you don’t cry every time Chrissy Metz comes on-screen in This Is Us, do you even have a pulse? The storyline about her relationship with her father is the numero uno tear-jerker for sure, but you’ve gotta respect how raw and open Kate is about her weight-loss journey—especially since Chrissy has been equally honest about hers.

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She said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that she was “born chubby” but was thinner at different stages of her life. “But I was definitely always a chubbier kid,” she said.

“My friends could eat whatever they wanted to, but I knew that as a kid if I ate certain things I would totally gain weight. I had to be really cognizant of what I ate.”

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Chrissy also told The Hollywood Reporter that she can relate to Kate because they’ve had similar struggles with weight—as well as parents who didn’t really know how to cope.

“I remember going to Weight Watchers when I was like 11,” she said. “I was the youngest person in the damned room, and it was awkward. My mom was trying to figure it out, but it’s a process.”

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Chrissy told People in 2017 that she was a size 12 when she first began acting—but she dropped 50 pounds at the recommendation of her manager before moving to L.A. She became depressed when the acting jobs weren’t coming and was “eating my feelings”—so she gained more than 100 pounds before having a panic attack on her birthday that changed her attitude about her weight.

Chrissy lost 100 pounds in less than five months following that incident. “All I did was eat a 2,000-calorie diet and walk 20 minutes a day,” she said.

Pre-This Is Us, Chrissy landed a recurring role on American Horror Story: Freak Show that required her to wear a fat suit.

“It was sobering,” she told People. “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.’”

She got her role in This Is Us not long afterward.

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Chrissy told TVLine that, because of Kate’s story line, her This Is Us contract includes a clause that requires her to lose weight along with her character—and she’s all about it. “That was a win-win for me,” she said. “Because it’s one thing to try to do it on your own. But as human beings, it’s an ego thing: We’re more likely to do something for someone else.”

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Chrissy told Marie Claire in 2017 that she doesn’t even know how much she weighs. “I don’t worry about numbers,” she said. “It just messes with my mind.”

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Chrissy told People in 2018 that she’s working to lose weight, but it’s on her own schedule. Her weight-loss efforts are “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,” she said.

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Yes, in season one of This Is Us, Chrissy’s character, Kate, considers gastric bypass surgery—but that’s just not for Chrissy in real life.

“The question I wish people would stop asking me is, ‘Are you having weight-loss surgery? Are you gonna be doing a gastric bypass?'” she told Today in September 2017. To which, she says, “I’m good, boo.”

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In 2017, Chrissy wore a red latex dress to the MTV Movie & TV Awards—and body-shaming trolls attacked her with full force. (FYI: Chrissy worked with her stylist, Jordan Grossman, for over a year on that dress, according to People.

But fans also came out in droves to support Chrissy and her fashion choices—and Chrissy took to Instagram to thank them. “I hope that in some small way, an unconventional body wearing an unconventional material opened up discussion, hearts, and minds,” she wrote. “I truly had no idea it would make anyone feel uncomfortable, I just wanted to try something different.”

But still, Chrissy remained true to herself: “For the record, I wear what I want, when I want. News flash it’s MY body. #thankstho,” she said on Twitter.

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“I love my calves,” Chrissy told Today, adding that people always tell her to stop doing so many calf raises (she doesn’t, though). “I have come to love [my calves] and realize that, like, they carry my body around. And I could probably kick some ass.”

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