Chrissy Metz reflects on how ‘This Is Us’ impacted her journey with body acceptance

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  • Aug 05, 2022

Chrissy Metz reflects on how ‘This Is Us’ impacted her journey with body acceptance

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I’ve been a fan of Chrissy Metz since she first appeared on my TV screen in the premiere of the hit NBC series. This is us. For the first time, I felt truly represented.

I remember going to castings myself as a young girl trying to break into the industry and being told that I would never get the part or the lead because of my size. It has been inspiring to see him prove these voices until the final episode of the series in May 2022. He tells me it’s all about sticking to the dream and fighting for it.

“I had no idea how much I’d changed in six years. From the first day I walked on set, I literally turned to Chris Sullivan, who plays Toby, and I was like, ‘Chris, I’m not.’ I wonder if I can do it. And she just held my hand and was so kind, and it made me realize that you have to dress up and show up.” “I think that’s the hardest thing, no matter what you’re doing. Just get off the couch, just start it and see what happens.”

I can only imagine the fear that a trailblazer like Metz must have felt stepping into the spotlight and creating a space for plus size women in Hollywood that didn’t exist before her. Her personal journey with her relationship with her body and how it affects other areas of her life is what she wrote about in her memoir in 2018. This is me: loving who you are today. Ultimately, those experiences led her to a place where she felt safer despite society’s perception of people living in larger bodies.

“I know we’re not our bodies, they’re a vehicle. And do we want a vehicle that we feel good in? Yes. And everyone has different issues, whether it’s health issues that make them look different. Forbids. We kind of struggle with this idea of ​​what we think we should look like,” Metz explains. “I mean, I still go through that, especially with social media. You just scroll through them and I literally had to adjust my feeds and my algorithms and all that stuff because I’m like, is this going to help me or hurt me? It turns me on, I look, why does it turn me on?”

It’s a good reminder that no one is immune to the pressures of social media and the comparisons it creates among users. At the end of the day, we’re all human beings with huge emotions that we’re all trying to navigate. Social media is a big part of our lives, and it’s important that if we’re going to be on it that much, we set up our feed to make us feel good. For Metz, doing so allows him to stay in the present, which only helps propel him forward.

“I don’t believe we can get to where we want to be if we don’t love who we are in the moment. Otherwise, you’re just stuck thinking you’ll never get there. Period The next turning point or point or season. It’s an ever-evolving process.” “Some days are great, some days it’s like, ‘Oh boy, I’ve got a lot to do.’

After being recognized as a voice in the body positivity movement, you may feel like you’re not always given the grace to have those bad days. And although Metz is open about the joy he feels in representing the community, he acknowledges that he didn’t intend to be seen as someone who is always confident and content in his own skin.

“It’s interesting. I never thought they’d make me that person, but I think a lot of Kate Pearson on the show is just putting me in the box they want to put me in. And that’s good, because if I can be an inspiration . and to bring hope to people, I love that.” he explains. “But it’s going to be hard because people look at you for the positive and you might be that bright light. And you’re like that, but right now, my light is a little dim. I don’t know where I’m going to get the power or the electricity. I will. Charge from.”

“I’m human. And then I just have to remember, Chrissy, that’s why you love other people because they’re human and it’s good to be human and I don’t know how to be anything else,” she adds.

I can totally relate to her in this, because a lot of what I do as a model and advocate is centered around my body and how I feel about it. In an industry that has never embraced people in larger bodies, it’s somehow up to us to show that it’s not only necessary, but beautiful. However, this does not negate the everyday struggles that people face.

Even while in the spotlight, Metz has shared that his mental health is a constant work in progress.

“Some days I don’t know how [to manage it]. It can be very overwhelming and scary, especially because a new chapter in my life has begun,” she said, referring to the end. This is us. Everyone looked at me as Kate and I play other roles and other things and I hope people continue to enjoy what I do.

What makes it a little easier for Metz is the recognition that he’s been on the right track so far in his career.

“Our show This is us It was a catalyst for having something other than live size on television, especially on network television. When I was a talent agent, it was always like blonde hair, blue eyes, straight size family. “And now we see characters who don’t even have a conversation or any of their storylines are about their weight,” she says. But people of color should be more present and their stories should be told. Things are changing and I hope they continue to change.”

While his acting future is still undecided, Metz is taking this opportunity to embark on a new adventure as he partners with Capital One Auto Navigator to hit the road for a live concert tour. It fulfills another lifelong wish, he says.

“Music was my first love and it was always something I wanted to pursue but I was never really encouraged or supported. And through the vulnerability and confidence I developed through Keith Pearson, I realized I was valuable and worthy. “I’m excited to just share my heart and soul,” she says of telling my story.

-Video produced by Kat Vasquez

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