This Is Us is NBC’s hit family drama that takes place in two different time periods and occasionally features Milo Ventimiglia’s ass cheeks. I know for a fact that it’s a hit because my mom told me how much she loves it and she normally only gets into tv shows three years after the final season when she stumbles upon them on Netflix. On the show, Chrissy Metz plays the overweight twin sister of the hot Justin Hartley.
In an interview with TV Line (via USWeekly), Chrissy revealed that her contract with NBC contains a mandatory weight-loss clause.
“In our contract, it did state that that would be a part of it, to lose the weight in the trajectory of the character as she comes to find herself,” she told TVLine in a new interview. “That was a win-win for me. Because it’s one thing to try to do it on your own. But as human beings, it’s an ego thing: We’re more likely to do something for someone else.”
Well, if you are going to do it, it probably helps to get paid to as well as having NBC provide the trainers, chefs and life coaches. It beats trudging down to that purple and yellow Planet Fitness joint and glaring resentfully at the Lean Cuisine you just dragged out of your dirty microwave.
Chrissy told People that she plans on losing weight “the right way.” I take that to mean that there won’t be a lap-band procedure between seasons. “The right way” for me would be Milo Ventilator and Sterling K. Brown offering me the role of “lucky pierre” in an unofficial, behind-the-scenes production. THAT would be the role of a lifetime and absolutely get my fat Irish ass back on the elliptical.
In practical terms, that’s meant the 36-year-old actress “started incorporating a better eating regimen and started to do things personally, but not something so drastic because it’s going to be a lifestyle change not just for Kate but for me.”
Metz continues, “I have to be aware of not losing too much weight because of the show. … I want to do it in the right way. It’s a gradual process.”
Chrissy wants to make sure the curvy ladies know that, despite her intention to slim it down, she’s still with them.
She wants to emphasize, though, that she loves and embraces her curvy figure, and other women should too. “I just have to be clear: Whether or not I lose weight or stay the same, it’s purely a choice of mine for health. Not because I think that plus-size, curvy, voluptuous, big bodies aren’t attractive — because I think they’re awesome and sexy,” she said. “So I’ll just have to make sure that’s known, because I’m not selling out the big girls.”
On the show, Chrissy’s character meets a cute guy at a weight-loss program and he helps inspire her to start losing weight. As I type this, the other Mr. Harvey and I just finished two huge sausage, egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches from Dunkin’ Donuts and now we’re regretting that we didn’t also split a Boston Kreme Donut. I sometimes wish we had met at a weight-loss program. Or a gym.