When we first saw the previews for This Is Us, we weren’t sure WTF was going on. But thanks to Mandy Moore’s return to the small screen and Milo Ventimiglia being his incredibly hot self, we gave the show a chance. Surprisingly, it did not disappoint. Not only is the story line great, but you really feel for the characters, particularly Kate, a 30-something women struggling with her weight played by Chrissy Metz.
During a recent interview with TVLine, the actress revealed that Kate’s journey was parallel to her own life and to realistically portray the character’s major health goal, life had to 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 says. “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.”
While many viewers questioned the morality behind the contract, Metz revealed that the role was a “different kind of motivation [to lose weight], so I was excited about it.”
She added, “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. I don’t do that. That’s not me.”
While many are up in arms over the contract, I have to say — I don’t see a problem with it; It’s literally part of the job. When you sign up to be an actor, aesthetic modifications are expected, especially when your character’s story line depends on them. Not to mention, Metz had the ultimate decision to turn down the role, which she clearly didn’t. She was not being forced to do anything she didn’t want to, and like she said in the interview, she was excited about the motivation. What’s the big deal?
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