Plus-size Actress Chrissy Metz Redefines What’s Beautiful in Hollywood

Chrissy Metz, star of NBC’s brand-new family drama, "This is Us," becomes a new kind of role model

Chrissy Metz, star of NBC’s brand-new family drama, This is Us, is subverting the Hollywood stereotype of the beautiful woman. She went from playing “The Fat Lady” in American Horror Story: Freak Show to playing a lead in one of ET’s top picks for new shows to watch.

“If we could hug a show and never let it go, we’d choose NBC’s soul-warming dramedy, This Is Us. From the writer and directors of Crazy, Stupid, Love, this refreshingly raw and genuine new series will ease the ache in our hearts that Parenthood has left behind. With four out of the five characters sharing the same birthday, you’ll discover that their lives intertwine in curious ways — and you’ll fall head over heels in love once you discover the series’ big twist. Bottom line: This is the show that everyone will be talking about, so don’t miss out on fall’s most emotionally satisfying series.” (Leanne Aguilera, ET)

Chrissy Metz has been dealing with stereotypes for a long time. She’s happy for this opportunity to encourage other women who have struggled with loving oneself but wanting to change.

Buzzfeed’s Jarett Wieselman says, “…actor Chrissy Metz realized she was about to become a poster child for plus-size women everywhere. And as Kate, a female character who struggles with her weight, Metz is ready to represent, particularly given how scarce plus-size women are on television.”

“I have been in Los Angeles for a long time and I have wanted to be a series lead for a long time. It’s literally on my bucket list. But opportunities for plus-size women are very few and far between,” she told reporters at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills. “So to actually have [a character with] some substance and actually tell a story that other people can relate to… We need to write more of those stories. We need to not always be the butt of the joke.’ “

This is Us will premiere Tuesday, September 20th at 10pm ET/PT on NBC.

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