NBC has a hit on their hands in the form of This Is Us, an ensemble show that takes a surprisingly honest look into the lives of its different character. One such character is Kate, a 30-something overweight woman who decides to change her life and lose weight. Chrissy Metz, who plays Kate on the show, will be joining her character in that journey because a stipulation in her contract says that she must lose weight alongside her character.
On This Is Us, Kate realizes on her 36th birthday that her life is not where she wants it to be and decides to begin to lose weight. She joins an Overeaters Anonymous-type group to do so and since then the show has followed her through victories and setbacks. In order for the character to lose weight, it stands to reason that the actress will have to do so as well. Chrissy Metz told TVLine that Kate's journey is parallel to her own life. Metz didn't hesitate to sign on the dotted line when she learned she would have to lose weight alongside her character.
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. That was a win-win for me. 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.
Actors are known to change their bodies in order to better assume a particular role. Christian Bale famously lost 63 pounds for The Machinist and then had to gain it all back in a few months for Batman Begins. Alexander Skarsgard also had to seriously bulk up for his role as Tarzan in last summer's The Legend of Tarzan. However, gaining and losing weight is easier for some than others.
Just because Chrissy Metz is happy to be losing weight doesn't mean that she's ashamed of her image. There's nothing wrong with being curvy, but at the end of the day, she wants to take your long-term health into considering and "do it right."
I just have to be very clear. Whether or not I lose weight or stay the same, it's purely a choice of mine for health. Not because I think that plus size, curvy, voluptuous, big bodies aren't attractive --- because I think they're awesome and sexy. So I'll just have to make sure that's known, because I'm not selling out the big girls. [laughs] I don't do that. That's not me.
That's well said, and we hope everything works for both Kate and Chrissy Metz in reaching their target goal. This Is Us airs on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC