Audiences are loving the This Is Us cast and its memorable stars, including Chrissy Metz, whose journey to stardom as a plus-size actress is noteworthy. But Metz wasn’t always this famous or successful; in fact, before she booked the hit TV show, she had less than a dollar in her bank account. Talk about a true rags-to-riches story!
Metz, 36, just revealed in a candid interview with Glamour that for a long time, she struggled to make it as an actress in Los Angeles.
“I kept auditioning, with no savings and no money, credit card debt gaining interest,” she said. “I went on unemployment. I bought ramen noodles at dollar stores. I never had to–God forbid–live on the streets; I moved in with a roommate who told me, ‘Stay with me until you can afford rent. Don’t give up,'” Metz told the magazine.
That roommate wasn’t the only supportive person in Metz’s life. In fact, as the saying goes, it really took a village to help her career get off the ground.
“People who supported me were like, ‘If you don’t have money for food, I’ll cook you dinner. You don’t have money for acting class? Let’s get together and read lines,'” Metz said. “I’m so grateful that I had such an amazing support system, but when I booked This Is Us, I had 81 cents in my bank account,” Metz continued. “I could cry right now just thinking about it.”
Many of us can relate to that feeling of worrying about the bank account balance, which is why we’re so happy that Metz seems to be in a much better place thanks to the success of This Is Us–though she’s still not a millionaire.
“It’s crazy to go from not having enough money to buy food to getting free dinners,” she told Glamour. “It’s definitely a lot more than I was making, but I still live with my roommate–though I pay my proper share of the rent now. Meeting my car payment on time? That’s new. I paid my friends and my stepdad back. And three months ago I finally paid my credit cards off!”
What a nice feeling that must be. We’re so happy for Metz–and can’t wait to see more of her and the This Is Us cast in future episodes.
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NBC's family-friendly hit show This Is Us follows the lives of four people who share the same birthday. The comedy-drama highlights the family dynamics and unexpected relationships between the main characters, and since its debut, viewers have been hooked.
Milo Ventimiglia plays Jack Pearson, a construction foreman. Pearson is married to Rebecca Pearson, played by Mandy Moore, and the couple have three children: Kate, Kevin, and Randall.
Ventimiglia, 39, has starred in several well-known TV shows. He played boyfriend Jess Mariano in Gilmore Girls during the mid-2000s. He is also known for his role as paramedic Peter Petrelli on NBC's sci-fi drama Heroes.
Moore's character, Rebecca, is a singer who gave up her dreams to have a family. Moore, 32, was nominated for a People's Choice Award and a Golden Globe for her role.
Moore's first taste of fame was in 1999 when she released the song "Candy" at 14 years old. Her other film credits include The Princess Diaries, A Walk to Remember, and Tangled.
Actress Chrissy Metz, 36, plays Kate Pearson, a woman struggling to lose weight. She and co-star Mandy Moore were both nominated for Best Supporting Actress Awards at this year's Golden Globes.
Prior to This Is Us, Metz had a recurring role in FX's American Horror Story. She also appeared in episodes of Entourage and My Name is Earl.
Sterling K. Brown
Brown, 40, plays Randall Pearson, Jack and Rebecca's adopted son. He was nominated for a SAG award at this year's awards ceremony.
Brown won an Emmy for playing Christopher Darden in The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. He is also know for playing Roland Burton on Lifetime's Army Wives.
Hartley, 40, plays Kevin Pearson, Kate and Randall's brother. Kevin is an ex-L.A. actor who moves to New York City to pursue a theater career.
Before his stint on This Is Us, Hartley was known for his work on daytime soaps, with roles on Passions and The Young and the Restless. He also played Oliver Queen on CW's Superman adaptation, Smallville.
Susan Kelechi Watson
Watson plays Beth Pearson, Randall's wife. She and Randall have two children: Tess and Annie.
Watson is best known for her work on Louis, a TV show starring comedian Louis C.K. Her other credits include small roles on Law and Order and The Black List.
Sullivan, 36, stars as Toby Damon, Kate's overweight boyfriend. The two meet at a weight-loss support group and start dating, despite Kate's hesitance.
Sullivan, 36, last starred in the drama series The Knick. He also made an appearance in an episode of Stranger Things and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.
Ron C. Jones
Jones, 60, plays William Hill. William, a recovering drug addict, is Randall's biological father.
Jones' latest work includes roles on The Blacklist, Mr. Robot, and Luke Cage. The actor has also been a part of several theater productions.
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