Chrissy Metz: Plus-Size Characters Can’t Always Be the Punchline
Chrissy Metz played “the Fat Lady” on American Horror Story: Freak Show — embodying a common attraction of midcentury sideshows — but her weight isn’t the focus in her new role in upcoming NBC dramedy This Is Us.
And already fans are expressing their appreciation for a role in which the plus-size physique isn’t a punchline.
“We need to write more of those stories. We need to not always be the butt of the joke,” Chrissy said at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills on August 3.
The actress plays Kate in the show, a character who is indeed struggling with her weight, but the first episode gives her something few overweight characters get: a love interest.
“I’ve already had people reaching out to me [about] the fact they’re addressing being plus-size or overweight and still being attractive,” she said.
“I teeter this line between I want to change, but I also really love myself. I look in the mirror, and I’m a plus-size girl, but I got it going on.”
The show doesn’t even premiere until September 20, but the fan response brings new resonance to the title: This Is Us.
“I feel incredibly lucky. I don’t know many plus-size women who are starring in a television show that is going to be seen by so many people who are affected by being overweight,” Chrissy added.
“Women, men have reached out to me. So it’s a sense of responsibility, and I’m really grateful for that because, I mean, I hope to bring hope.”
This Is Us premieres on Tuesday, September 20, at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.