Not all of us have heard of Chrissy Metz, but those of us 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.
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 role.
This Is Us is a romantic family drama television series, following the lives of two parents and their three kids in different frame times.
Kate would navigate dating life as well as family melodramas.
Most of the plot lines have focused on her efforts to lose weight and even 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 her own band called Chrissy and the Vapors.
Before we get into her fantastic weight loss story, we just want to introduce you first to some interesting details and facts about the life of:
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- Christine Michelle Metz (born September 29, 1980)
- Chrissy’s childhood
- She had her first job at a McDonald’s
- She went to Weight Watchers when she was 11
- She was the class clown
- In her early 20s, her life took another direction
- She only averaged one audition a year and put on 100 pounds
- When Metz was around 26 she got married
- When she turned 30, on her birthday, she had a panic attack
- How Chrissy Metz lost 100 pounds in 5 months
- Her dream job came up like a lifeline held out – It was called – This Is Us
- Chrissy’s love life also took off in 2018
- Chrissy was happy to sign a weight-loss contract
- Right now, her goal is simply to be proportioned
- Frequently Asked Questions about Chrissy Metz (FAQs)
- When did This Is Us start?
- Did Chrissy Metz's have a breakout role?
- Is it true that Chrissy Metz auditioned for American Idol?
- How much does Chrissy Metz weigh?
- Looking to the future for Chrissy Metz
Christine Michelle Metz (born September 29, 1980)
Chrissy was born in Homestead, Florida.
Her parents were Mark and Denise Metz.
Her father was stationed in the US Navy so she spent some of her formative years in Japan, in fact, 8 years were spent in the Land of the Rising Sun.
She noticed full well that there were nights when her mother didn’t eat dinner; that was to make sure everyone else could eat.
But it made an impact on her as a young 9 or 10-year old and in her young mind, food was what equaled love in the family – that’s how you showed love – with food.
Her grandmother would make her delicious grilled cheese sandwiches every time she picked Chrissy up from school and of course, Chrissy thrived on that attention.
As she got older, and happiness in her life was a good reason to celebrate with food.
She had her first job at a McDonald’s
Her first job was at the McDonald’s restaurant in Gainesville.
She always remembers how well her manager treated her and his fellow employees and also how she learned early on about the benefits of hard work.
But Chrissy knew about living without food for so long that when it was there, she would eat it up before it disappeared. Food was her big happiness.
She would even get up in the middle of the night to sneak food into the bathroom to eat it privately there.
When she turned 14, her stepfather had weigh-ins.
He would bring out the scale from the bathroom and force Chrissy to stand on it.
“Get on the damn thing!” he would say.
He denies these accounts and told Entertainment Tonight that “None of it’s true …I love her very much just like I always have.”
She believes it has made her the person she is and she learned to accept herself through it all.
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 at different times as being plus-size, overweight, 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!
She was the class clown
When she got to high school she had become a tomboy who sang in a choir.
It was time to consider what she planned on doing after high school and she considered art school.
She went off to college and took a job as a preschool teacher.
In her early 20s, her life took another direction
When she was in her early 20s, she went along with her tall, slim, sister to an open-call audition.
She decided to go for the audition, and she sang Beautiful by Christina Aguilera.
The tall slim sister was asked to sign for a modeling contract and they also offered to take Christy to LA to audition.
And so it was that Chrissy and the manager with all of his teenage clients, and which included Chrissy, headed out West to participate in the pilot season.
Being the oldest in the group, she became her manager’s assistant, taking kids out for auctions and traveling backward and forward between Florida and California.
She did this for a few years until she finally decided to move to LA for good in 2006.
She only averaged one audition a year and put on 100 pounds
She would average one addition a year and it was even a bit of a depressing time for her.
She was not happy at this time, really, and gained 100 pounds over the course of her 20s.
When Metz was around 26 she got married
She got married to British screenwriter, Martyn Eaden. Chrissy had actually 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 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.
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.
When she turned 30, on her birthday, she had a panic attack
That was pretty scary for her – taking it for a heart attack, she landed up in the ER.
After her “anxiety breakdown,”  she started seeing a therapist, but mainly, she claims, decided to get into self-help and spirituality.
She read Deepak Chopra and went to the Agape International Spiritual Center in Culver City.
How Chrissy Metz lost 100 pounds in 5 months
After her panic attack incident, Chrissy started taking things more seriously and was being more responsible.
She just simply went on a 2000 calorie diet.
It might have been this diet because this one we are showing you is a 2000 calorie diet.
She avoiding eating unhealthy foods and started walking 20 minutes each day .
Soon after losing that weight, she landed the role in the 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.
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.
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, things were so tough.
It was between her and one other 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 that of her own 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 literally changed Metz’s life drastically.
As soon as she got her first paycheck, she began giving back to those who had helped her.
Chrissy’s love life also took off in 2018
Off-screen, Chrissy dated even though she was very busy with This is Us.
During This Is Us 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.
But to date, they are no longer together.
Chrissy has told everyone she is a hopeless romantic; that she will consider getting married in the future.
She says she loves love and is probably the gushiest, romantic love person around!
That brings us right up 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, 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 what 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.
For this, she had to wear a fat suit because she wasn’t big enough for the role!
Chrissy was happy to sign a weight-loss contract
When This Is Us started, Chrissy was happy to, and openly told TVLine that she would sign the weight-loss contract.
But anyway she told Harper’s Bazaar that her weight loss isn’t as strict as that word “contract” stipulates…
…it didn’t come with a whole lot of 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 always discussed the way forward for Kates 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 certain size.
Last November, People published a short interview they had 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.
Right now, her goal is simply to be proportioned
Chrissy says she carries a lot of weight in her stomach.
So she is trying to eat balanced meals and eat healthy snacks.
For Chrissy, it’s a more mellow approach to the fat-farm that Kate checks into on One of Us.
But she wouldn’t rule out a tougher approach to her weight.
She says she would love to be a contestant on The Biggest Loser; where it’s a concentrated effort.
She is aware that her father was a big guy, and that he had quadruple bypass surgery.
For her, that was scary, and she realizes that these things happen to a lot of overweight people, and “I don’t want that,”  she says.
Frequently Asked Questions about Chrissy Metz (FAQs)
When did This Is Us start?
Back on 20th September 2016.
Did Chrissy Metz's have a breakout role?
Yes. It was her stint on the American Horry Story.
Is it true that Chrissy Metz auditioned for American Idol?
Yes, it is! She auditioned in 2008 but didn't go any further.
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.
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.
Chrissy Metz is extremely 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.
She knows she wouldn’t have this amazing role if she had decided to lose weight long ago, so she believes that 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 the 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 around the world.
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 own move and drop a debut album in 2020.
But she wants “it to be on my terms, which is new for me.”
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.
Just a few weeks prior to 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, it has given her great confidence in everything she does – it has primed her for expanding her careers, 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.
They’ve already spent their first Christmas and New Year Eve together in Los Angeles, having a great time together.
She was spotted wearing what looked like an engagement ring on her finger but denies they are engaged.
“It’s a honeycomb ring and I love it very much, but it’s not an engagement ring.”