This Is Us Star Chrissy Metz Opens Up About Wearing a Fat Suit

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On This Is Us, Chrissy Metz plays Kate, an overweight character who struggles with weight loss, size discrimination, and serious emotional issues that are, in part, responsible for her size.

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Chrissy Metz as Kate in This Is Us.

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While the role has thrust Chrissy into the spotlight as a major player in the body size acceptance movement, it turns out Chrissy has previously been asked to accentuate her appearance onscreen by wearing a fat suit, according to a People interview in which she reminisced about another role that helped propel her acting career.

In the interview, Chrissy spoke of a panic attack that landed her in the hospital on her 30th birthday, a wake-up call that provoked her to lose 100 pounds by eating a 2,000-calorie-per-day diet and walking for 20 minutes a day. Shortly after, she was cast in American Horror story as “Fat Lady” Ima Wiggles.

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Chrissy Metz as Ima Wiggles in American Horror Story.

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Chrissy Metz as Ima Wiggles in American Horror Story.

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