Chrissy Metz Weight Loss: ‘This Is Us’ Actress Opens Up About Contract, Shares Plan

Chrissy Metz will experience weight loss alongside her This Is Us character, Kate, but will do so at her own pace and in a “healthy” way. Despite previous reports that Metz signed a contract that required her to lose weight as part of her deal with NBC, the actress has opened up about her actual plan.

“It’s definitely a conversation that we’ve had, and it’s in my contract,” Metz said previously.

After tons of backlash on the internet, People Magazine caught up with Metz again — and this time she explained what she meant, saying that she never signed anything that “mandated” her weight loss.

“It wasn’t mandated in the contract, and I probably — if I ever said the word contract, I didn’t mean it in that way. I was pitched that the trajectory of Kate is that she’s going to lose weight. That is who and what’s going on,” Metz explained.

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Chrissy Metz [Image by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images]

Chrissy Metz’s weight loss has been the topic of many discussions online since her character, Kate, made the announcement that she was going to have gastric bypass surgery. Fans of This Is Us began wondering if Metz would undergo the procedure in real life and maybe even allow some of those real post-op feelings come through for the show.

However, Chrissy Metz hasn’t mentioned anything of the sort.

Metz looks at her potential weight loss as a “motivation” and believes that changing her weight is not unlike an actor changing her hair color — it’s all part of the job.

“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,” Metz said.

Chrissy Metz hasn’t debuted any weight loss just yet, but she is expected to lose some amount of weight, based on her character’s daily struggle with food. Of course, it’s possible that Kate will decide not to go through with the surgery, which will give Metz some time to lose weight in a more natural way.

From the pilot episode of This Is Us, viewers have watched Kate struggle with her weight and with her apparent addiction to food. Not only is Kate’s character likable, fans seem to really connect with her. For many people, it’s great to see a woman Metz’s size getting attention and being well-liked.

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Actors Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Justin Hartley and Chrissy Metz [Image by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly]

Metz said that she “wasn’t surprised” that her comments about weight loss being in her contract got so much attention.

“It’s like all people want to talk about is my weight. I was like, ‘Okay, this is weird,'” she said.

And while people continue to obsess over Metz’s size and whether or not she will lose weight for the show, the actress says that she is more concerned with telling Kate’s story.

“I don’t go and watch dailies. I don’t go and watch the monitor because I don’t need to know like, oh, is there a roll here? I want to be so in the moment and not distracted by, ‘Do I look pretty?’ Because that’s not what it’s about. It’s about telling a story. If I look pretty, great. If I don’t, I’m telling a story,” she explained.

“It’s so important to be vulnerable because it allows other people to feel courageous enough to be vulnerable, and that’s really where we get to the meat, no pun intended, of who we are, and why we’re here and what we’re doing. So I figure if I can do it, in my most vulnerable state, maybe I can encourage other people,” she concluded.

If nothing more, Chrissy Metz has set herself up to be a fine role model for women and people who struggle with their weight, don’t you think?

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