Not all of us have heard of Chrissy Metz, but those who do will know her as the actress in This is Us, an NBC drama series.
This series earned her a Primetime Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations.
The creator of This is Us, Dan Fogelman, modeled Chrissy’s role after his sister’s weight loss, and Chrissy related to this when she read through the script.
She was one woman who was dealing with weight issues herself.
She knew the role of Kate was for her – “I’m Kate,” she told herself when she got the part.
This Is Us is a romantic family drama series following the lives of two parents and their three kids at different frame times.
Kate would navigate dating life as well as family melodramas.
Most plot lines focus on her efforts to lose weight and join a weight-loss group.
She even considered gastric bypass surgery and checked into a fat farm – you can see how the role of Kate of ideal for Chrissy!
Aside from her acting career, she is also a singer and has a band called Chrissy and the Vapors.
Before we get into her fantastic weight loss story, we just want to introduce you first to some exciting details and facts about the life of:
Christine Michelle Metz (born September 29, 1980)
She went to Weight Watchers when she was 11
She says she can remember going to Weight Watchers when she was around 11, being the youngest person there – for her, it was very awkward.
Today, Chrissy doesn’t even know how much she weighs.
“I don’t worry about numbers,” she says, “It just messes with my mind.”
She says she has always tried to lose weight.
She has always described herself as plus-size, overweight, and big, but she has never said she is fat.
But at least she got the role of Kate, and it’s not likely she would have got the role if she hadn’t been fat!
When Metz was around 26, she got married.
She got married to British screenwriter Martyn Eaden. Chrissy had joined an online dating site in 2006, and it was there that she had met Eaden.
Even though she was in Los Angeles and he was in Sheffield, England, the two connected and exchanged emails for many months.
Then Eaden came over to LA to visit her for the first time.
After a year in the relationship, Eaden proposed to Chrissy, and they married in Santa Barbara, California, during a small ceremony.
Gradually their relationship deteriorated as the years wore on, and finally, in 2014, they divorced.
Chrissy wrote about her husband, saying, “We’re just not the right fit,” but they are still good friends today.
How Chrissy Metz lost 100 pounds in 5 months
After her panic attack incident, Chrissy started taking things more seriously and was more responsible.
She just simply went on a 2000-calorie diet.
It might have been this diet because the one we are showing you is a 2000-calorie diet.
She avoided eating unhealthy foods and started walking for 20 minutes daily .
These two things significantly changed her mental and physical health; as we said above, she lost 100 pounds in 5 months.
Soon after losing that weight, she landed a role in American Horror Story, where she had to wear a fat suit.
That was in 2014.
A big girl was needed for this part, and she got that part.
This was her next eye-opener, a sobering moment for her.
It made her wonder what it would be like if she became so heavy that she couldn’t walk around or even get stuck trying to go through a doorway.
She said she straight away thought, “I don’t want this for me.”
Nevertheless, even after this opportunity to act in American Horror Story, the calls still weren’t coming in.
She even considered moving back home for good.
Maybe it was her interest in self-help, but a year went by, and finally, she got what was to change her life entirely because she reckons if she hadn’t got it, she might not have continued acting at all.
Her dream job came up like a lifeline held out – It was called – This Is Us
Chrissy had continued auditioning for acting parts because after being in the American Horror Story, she didn’t want to look back; she wanted to go on and continue auditioning; she even went on unemployment, and things were so tough.
She told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show that she had only 81 cents in her bank account when she audited for This Is Us and just enough petrol to get to the audition and back.
It was between her and another actress, and she was sure it would not be her, but it was!
Dan Fogelman, the creator of This Is Us, had a sister who was struggling to lose weight, and he knew that the role of Kate would suit Chrissy the best!
The series took off in September 2016.
Chrissy fitted into that role perfectly, becoming comfortable talking about the similarities between her life and Kate’s character.
At last, she didn’t have to worry about bill collectors calling her anymore!
Getting the role of Kate on This Is Us changed Metz’s life drastically.
Chrissy’s love life also took off in 2018
Off-screen, Chrissy dated even though she was very busy with This is Us.
While This Is Us’s first season, Chrissy fell for a guy called Josh Stancil; he was a camera guy on the show.
But by March 2018, she told Wendy Williams on US Weekly that they had broken up amicably.
Then in November 2018, she went public with the new guy in her life, 25-year-old composer Hal Rosenfeld.
He was the guy who attended Chrissy’s 38th birthday celebration in Palm Springs in September, and the couple even made a red carpet debut together at the 2019 Golden Globes.
But to date, they are no longer together.
Chrissy has told everyone she is a hopeless romantic and will consider getting married in the future.
She says she loves love and is probably the gushiest, romantic love person around!
That brings us to 2018 – so let’s see what Chrissy Metz’s weight journey has been about so far.
So Chrissy Metz always struggled with her weight, saying she was born chubby, and we saw in her childhood days how she was already joining Weight Watchers at the tender age of 11.
It was just very fortunate that her weight difficulties brought her some fame and fortune in her role as Kate from This Is Us.
She also landed a role in American Horror Story.
She had to wear a fat suit because she wasn’t big enough for the role!
So yes, it has been a challenging road for Chrissy, but when the lifesaver This Is Us came along, she reached a happy place and won’t let anybody else take the credit for it.
Chrissy was happy to sign a weight-loss contract
When This Is Us started, Chrissy was happy too and told TVLine that she would sign the weight-loss contract.
She said: “Because it’s one thing to try to do it on your own. But as humans, it’s an ego thing: We’re more likely to do something for someone else.”
But anyway, she told Harper’s Bazaar that her weight loss isn’t as strict as the word “contract” stipulates; it didn’t come with many stipulations about just how much she had to lose or when she needed to lose it.
The creator of This Is Us, Fogelman, said he and Chrissy have discussed the way forward for Kates’s role every year.
It boils down to the fact that losing weight and getting healthy is a personal choice of Chrissy Metz.
And as Chrissy says, “Whether or not I lose weight or stay the same, it’s purely a choice of mine for health”.
She clarified later to People magazine that she is not required to lose weight or to be a specific size.
Last November, People published a short interview with Chrissy about her character’s weight loss storyline.
They wanted to know whether she would be dieting alongside Kate.
And she says that part about weight loss in her contract is false.
“Nothing is mandated. It’s not like; if you sign this contract, you have to do this. We haven’t even talked about an actual number with Kate.”
Looking to the future for Chrissy Metz
Looking ahead into the future, Chrissy would like to give back even more to those who stuck by her all along through the years.
When you know what it’s like to be down on your luck, you can see the need in other people, and now that she is living more comfortably and paying her bills, she is trying to figure out how to share with others.
Chrissy Metz is exceptionally grateful for what life has brought her.
Her role as Kate in This Is Us has allowed her to be overweight, and for that, too, she is probably grateful.
It’s allowed her to talk comfortably about body issues which she could not likely have done before when she had a panic attack at age 30 and was depressed, right?
This role has truly helped her to change positively. It has made her happy to have the motivation to be healthy as well.
We can see that Chrissy has had to go through some tough times and struggles to get to where she is today, so she doesn’t have so many regrets.
She knows she wouldn’t have had this fantastic role if she had decided to lose weight long ago, so she believes everything happens for a reason.
So right now, it looks like Chrissy is happy to be overweight as her role in Kate in This is Us, and if Kate needs to lose weight and has to put food down, it will be fascinating to see Chrissy embraces it.
Right now, she continues to be a voice for women worldwide.
She says that all the success is not going to change her.
She is grounded, and that’s how she wants to keep it.
Way forward for Chrissy includes love again
After she starred in the 2019 faith-based movie Breakthrough, Chrissy felt pumped to want to produce her move and drop a debut album in 2020.
But she wants “it to be on my terms, which is new for me.”
“It’s important for every individual to determine what makes them happy and how to get to that. It’s going to take some time. There are some days where I’m like, ‘I’m definitely eating my feelings.’ Other days when my heart is full, I’m not hungry. Do I want to take care of my body and live a healthy life? Absolutely. That doesn’t mean you can’t do it at an unconventional size.”
Chrissy has truly been grateful to get the part of Kate in This is Us, simply because it has also meant she has been able to show off her singing voice.
So naturally, it wouldn’t be long before she took on the music industry herself.
She performed “I’m Standing With You,” written by Diane Warren, for the Breakthrough soundtrack.
This she did at the 2019 ACM Awards and joined other country music powerhouses such as Carrie Underwood.
The Breakthrough song also earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song in 2020.
A few weeks before that, she scored a record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville, per CMT.
Chrissy admitted that she had never felt “encouraged or supported” enough to give her singing a go until now.
See how far she has come!
This is Us truly changed Chrissy Metz
This is Us has influenced her; it has challenged her, given her tremendous confidence in everything she does – it has primed her to expand her career to make a difference.
And extra to filming the hit show’s 5th season, even during a global pandemic, Chrissy has other exciting news – she has a new guy in her life.
Since October 2020, she has been in a relationship with Bradley Collins, her “dreamboat” partner, and they made their romance official on Instagram on National Boyfriend Day.
They spent their first Christmas and New Year’s Eve together in Los Angeles, having a great time.
She was spotted wearing what looked like an engagement ring on her finger but denied they are engaged.
“It’s a honeycomb ring, and I love it very much, but it’s not an engagement ring.”
With her beloved Bradley Collins in her life, what looks like a burgeoning music career, as well as her acting career, it is clear to us that this powerhouse has finally arrived, and we are looking forward to reading the next exciting chapters!
Frequently Asked Questions about Chrissy Metz (FAQs)
How much does Chrissy Metz weigh?
She is 5 ft. 5 or 1.65 m. She weighs in at around 83 kg or 182 pounds. This was around the middle of 2020.