Chrissy Metz on This Is Us Contract For Weight Loss

Chrissy Metz on This Is Us Contract For Weight Loss

When Chrissy Metz signed on to play Kate, a 30-something struggling with her weight on NBC's This Is Us, it soon became clear that - one way or another - life was gonna imitate art.

"In our contract, it did state that that would be a part of it, to lose the weight in the trajectory of the character as she comes to find herself", she told TV Line.

"That was a win-win for me", she said. Whether you want to lose weight, gain it, or change nothing at all, body positivity's message is to own your body on your own terms -and judge no one else in the process.

The former American Horror Story star said that Kate's growth and development is "parallel to my life" and that the agreement to improve her health was a "different kind of motivation, so I was excited about it".

Metz also went on to make it clear that she doesn't feel the weight-loss requirement in her contract was a byproduct of society's constant effort to make women adhere to a very narrow ideal of beauty.

Metz recently spoke with ET about the overnight success of This Is Us and why her character resonates with so many viewers.

Metz did want to assure fans that this is purely her choice and that she's doing it for her health, not fame. Not because I think that plus size, curvy, voluptuous, big bodies aren't attractive - because I think they're awesome and sexy, ' she said.

When the drama began Kate was 36 and unhappy with her weight. She went to an Overeaters Anonymous-like group and meet a "fat friend" named Toby. I just was like, "I'm exhausted of this, and this is going to be really tricky. And I think it's important and imperative to see that journey, because we haven't seen that, really". Another compared Metz to Mike and Molly star Melissa McCarthy, whose CBS sitcom was canceled after she lost weight, while another slammed NBC's mandatory weight loss clause and compared the situation to Donald Trump being called Hitler for "enforcing the rules on a Miss Universe contestant who gained 70 pounds".

'And a lot of people do, and I have myself, as a human being.

Metz continues, "I have to be aware of not losing too much weight because of the show".

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