Chrissy Metz will experience weight loss in her real life as her character on This Is Us has made the decision to have gastric bypass surgery. According to TV Line, Metz actually signed a contract when she joined the show that required her to lose weight. It is something that she says she was more than okay with because she has wanted to lose weight anyway.
She calls it a “win-win.”
“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,” Metz said.
Chrissy Metz’s weight loss will be documented on This Is Us. On the Thanksgiving episode, the actress’ character, Kate, announced that she was planning to have gastric bypass surgery after years of struggling to lose weight. Since the beginning of the season, fans have watched Kate’s weight loss challenges, many of which are completely relatable.
At this time, it is unclear if Chrissy Metz will lose weight by undergoing gastric bypass surgery or if she will diet and exercise on a strict regime to take the pounds off.
And while it seems clear that Chrissy Metz will need to lose weight if Kate ends up having the surgery on the show, Metz wants people to know that if she decides to lose weight, it would be for health reasons, not because she believes that bigger women aren’t beautiful. In her interview with TV Line, she wanted to make that point “very clear.”
“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,” Metz said.
Chrissy Metz hasn’t debuted any weight loss just yet, and This Is Us is about a quarter of the way through its first season. This means that the cast has probably wrapped filming or they are about to wrap filming soon. In the downtime between seasons (assuming NBC picks up the popular show for a second season), Chrissy Metz will need to work on her weight loss. She won’t have too much time to take off the weight, and the writers might even open Season 2 with a slimmer Kate.
Things of this nature can be tricky (just like writing in a pregnancy or working around one), so it will be interesting to see if or when Chrissy Metz starts the weight loss process in real life.
Aside from Chrissy Metz’s weight loss contract, the actress says that she is really excited about other potential storylines for Kate. So far, we have watched Randall and Kevin’s sister attempt to find some sort of balance between food and love. However, there is more to her character, and the show’s writers have said that there will be more to explore in upcoming seasons.
“I’m just rolling with the punches… I, as Chrissy, want to do things that mentally, emotionally and physically make me the best that I can be. That’s the intention for our writers and the development of the character,” Chrissy Metz explained.
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