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Chrissy Metz calls This Is Us season 6 weight loss a 'win-win' scenario

Darcy Rafter January 5, 2022
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Chrissy Metz is back on screen for season 6 of This Is Us, and some fans don’t know whether they’re emotionally ready for her tear-jerking narrative to continue. Nevertheless, fans are eager to catch up with Metz’s health journey as season 6 premiered last night, 4 January, in the US.

Storylines surrounding Metz’s character Kate have largely been about her relationship with her father and her weight-loss journey. Chrissy has been open with followers about her weight in real life and how she has been able to relate to her character.

Let’s discover more about Chrissy Metz’s weight loss journey, which she told TV Line was a “win-win” scenario for herself and Kate.

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Chrissy Metz’s weight loss journey

Through playing the role of Kate in This Is Us, Chrissy is also losing weight as she follows the trajectory of her character’s life.

She told TV Line her contract doesn’t require her to lose weight but she is happy to venture on the same journey as Kate’s in their bid for a healthier life. She said: “In our contract, it did state that would be part of it, to lose the weight in the trajectory of the character as she comes to find herself.”

Chrissy also opened up on The Ellen DeGeneres Show when asked how she felt about potentially losing weight for the role :“Like most actors, we are chameleons so we play different roles; like Christian Bale lost all that weight for The Machinist.”

Metz even praised the possibility of losing weight because of her character, as she said: “Why not have a motivation beyond me to get to a healthy weight? Every actor does that. We’re chameleons. We change, we grow as an actor… you lose weight, you gain weight, you change your hair or whatever.”

She told TVLine Kate’s storyline had an impact on her in a healthy way as she described the weight loss scenario as a “win-win for me”. She explained: “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.”

Chrissy Metz has dipped in and out of weight gain and loss throughout her life. She has suffered from depression and turned to emotional eating to try to cope. This led to weight gain but, on her 30th birthday, she received a wake-up call.

She suffered a panic attack and was rushed to hospital, leading her to devise a weight loss strategy. Metz went on a 2,000-calorie diet and started walking 20 minutes every day. This health kick saw her lose 100lb in five months.

How Chrissy related to Kate

Chrissy has previously admitted she related to the character of Kate. “Here was this woman who was actually dealing with weight. Not like, ‘Oh my God, I gained a pound,'” Metz told the Hollywood Reporter. “She was a real woman who was really struggling and all I could think was, ‘Oh my God, I’m Kate.'”

You may remember in season 1 of This Is Us, Chrissy’s character Kate considers undergoing gastric bypass surgery. However, that wasn’t the case for Chrissy in real life as she decided to lose weight of her own accord to feel healthier and happy.

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

Metz relates her real-life relationships with her character’s too. Kate also wants her mum to be happy with her. Rebecca, who is her on-screen mum, played by Mandy Moore, just wants her daughter to live a normal life and be happy.

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Darcy is an experienced journalist passionate about celebrity culture and entertainment. After gaining a degree in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University she has also become a social media specialist, always keeping informed on the latest trends. With almost five years of experience in media, her expertise is analysing platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. When she's not tracking the latest trending content, she’s watching films and eating lots of chocolate.