Chrissy Metz Age: How Old Is the ‘This Is Us’ Star in Real Life?

One of the most popular and addictive new shows of the past five years is undoubtedly This Is Us. Following the struggles and joys of a large family over the years, the characters have become some of the most iconic and beloved on television.

One particular fan-favorite character is Kate Pearson, played by Chrissy Metz. She’s a charismatic actress that has become entwined with her character to such a great degree that fans often have trouble separating the two.

How long has Chrissy Metz been acting?

Metz was born in Florida, to a military family. Her father was moved to Japan by the United States Navy when Chrissy Metz was very young, and they stayed there for eight years. Eventually, the family returned to Florida. Young Metz turned to acting when she was 21, after attending a casting call with her younger sister, who was interested in pursuing a singing career. 

Even after deciding she wanted to act, Metz had a hard time getting started in the business. She worked a variety of day jobs, including a stint as an agent for other actors, while trying to land roles, but often ended up getting typecast or relegated to background roles. However, she did manage to score a couple film roles, including very small parts in Loveless in Los Angeles and The Onion Movie. She got her first big break in 2014 when she was cast as Barbara in American Horror Story: Freak Show. Metz got rave reviews both for her acting and her presence, and those positive reviews would soon lead to the role that made her a star.

How old is Chrissy Metz?

Chrissy Metz plays Kate Pearson on NBC's This is Us
Chrissy Metz as Kate on This is Us | NBC

In 2016, Chrissy Metz was cast on This Is Us, as Kate Pearson. The show was set in the present but utilized many flashbacks to show how the Pearson family, consisting of three siblings (including Kate Pearson) and their parents, handled all the various moments in their lives. Metz, in particular, was tasked with handling a lot of the show’s dramatic heft, and her character underwent a lot of heavy emotional moments.

The 38-year old actress quickly rose to fame shortly after the show premiered, with fans wanting to know all about the charming, talented Metz. Many fans continue to confuse Metz with the character she portrays, and while Metz has admitted that there are a few similarities, such as their shared vulnerabilities, it is Metz’s abilities as an actress that makes the character shine so brightly. Metz and her This Is Us character share one other distinction as well – they are in a similar age range, with modern-day Kate Pearson scenes revealing that the character is in her mid-thirties, close to Metz’s actual age.

What’s next for Chrissy Metz?

Metz will continue to appear in her hit show This Is Us, much to fan’s delight. She is also exploring film opportunities in her new role as a bona fide celebrity, and 2019 will bring her first film starring role. She will star in The Impossible, a Christian drama based on the popular book. The story follows a young boy who falls into an icy lake and makes, according to his doctors, a miraculous recovery, with the support of his mother, played by Chrissy Metz.

Metz will co-star with fellow A-list actors like Topher Grace and Josh Lucas, ushering in a new era for her. Fans of this smart, funny actress will continue to watch her career with interest- and with a brand new season of This Is Us on the horizon for 2019, Metz’s star will only continue to shine even brighter.