“This Is Us” Star Chrissy Metz for Good Housekeeping Magazine

Posted on January 14, 2020

“This Is Us” star Chrissy Metz covers the January/February 2020 issue of Good Housekeeping magazine photographed by Allie Holloway.

 

 

On how therapy has helped her cope with her past: “We have to talk about our feelings, and I physically have been stuffing them all my life, so to have someone listen to me, without judgment … It was like, ‘Oh, OK, this is different.’”

“My upbringing was very different and often tumultuous, but all those things shaped me to be who I am. I realized those things served me in what I wanted to do, in being vulnerable and having the ability to be very emotional … [I] think [to myself], ‘There’s a reason I went through all these things: to become the person I am and to accept myself through it all.’”

On not losing her spirit when trying to be healthier: “I’ve battled weight issues, but I realize that I don’t have to beat myself up if I have XYZ food. Instead, I change my perspective and think, ‘What is it that I’m angry about?’ since we tend to want crunchy foods when we’re angry or ice cream when we soothe ourselves. All these things I’m just trying to be cognizant of.”

On her and her character in This Is Us having a personal tie: “Season 2 was the hardest for me, because of [Kate’s] miscarriage story line. But what was really amazing was, someone dear to me went through one, and while I wasn’t able to talk to her about it while we were doing it on the show … it was nice to understand, maybe in a different way, what she went through — obviously not completely, but to sort of have that conversation and ability to understand more.”

On filming tough scenes: “Sometimes I just want to be alone, or I’ll cry on the way home because I didn’t quite get everything out [on set]. I’ll take a bath, I’ll listen to music, whatever is going to bring me joy and get me back to that balanced place. But there are times when it’s very cathartic for me, when I’m dealing with something I’ve never dealt with personally … I have to sort of dig deeper, and sometimes that means being emotional on the way home or for the next couple of days.”

On what’s to come in 2020 for the show: “There are some episodes where I’m not in them and we have hiatus breaks and fortunately are able to pursue other projects … With season 4, there is some stuff coming up that we’re going to discover that a lot of people are going to relate to and hopefully be changed by … It’s going to be very emotional, but I think it’s going to bring some empathy and understanding.”

On blocking out the haters: “Those people [the haters] are in the cheap seats; they’re not in the ring with the blood, sweat and tears, and they have no idea what my daily life is like. Let me know when you’ve walked in my shoes, but oh, you’re in the cheap seats. That, to me, is how I sort of reconcile whatever you want to say. It’s absolutely your opinion and your perspective, but it’s not the truth.”

On using social media more mindfully: “Every single time I post something [I think]: ‘What is my intention? Am I seeking validation? Do I want somebody to think I look pretty because I’m feeling bad about myself today?’ I always start with that. Sometimes people come to my page to look for positive encouragement … but the only thing I can do is be myself, and hopefully that inspires people.”

 

 

[Photo Credit: Allie Holloway/Good Housekeeping Magazine]

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