Chrissy Metz's character Kate on "This is Us" has undergone about as many arc changes as it has public scrutiny. Though the general consensus is that Chrissy slays, the subject of Kate's (and subsequently, Chrissy's) weight-loss has been a controversial one at best since the actress revealed she'd be losing weight in tandem with her character's storyline.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Metz shared her poignant thoughts around the perception the mass public has on fat people.
When Metz was asked about the comparison between her character's love interest to Melissa McCarthy's on the comedic show show "Mike and Molly," Metz ended up making a fabulous statement about the public's perception of fat people.
... We just want to criticize and generalize and say they’re lazy. All they do is sit around and eat. People don’t realize that food is a symptom; it’s not the issue. Just like any other way that we fill the void. That has to be addressed.
She also divulged that her real-life journey through weight-loss has mirrored her character Kate's. "I’ve been chubby all my life. I was born chubby and as I got older at different times in my life I was thinner or more active or playing sports but I was definitely always a chubbier kid," she shared.
But, much like in her on-screen childhood, Metz's weight was a taboo familial subject:
My dad was in the Navy; I don’t necessarily remember being told what not to eat, but I know that it was an issue and it was something that was kind of whispered about because not everybody wanted to really hurt my feelings.
Much like it did with plus-size "This is Us" fans, many of those childhood interactions really struck a chord with Metz.
"To read those scenes can be heartbreaking because going through puberty I was like, 'I want to be skinny like my friends. What should I not eat?' I remember going to Weight Watchers when I was like 11. I was the youngest person in the damned room and it was awkward. My mom was trying to figure it out, but it’s a process."
Whether it has to do with food or genetics, how a plus-size person feels about their body isn't a black and white issue.
We're so thankful that Metz used her star status to jumpstart this important conversation.