This is Us star Chrissy Metz seems to have it all, but life wasn’t always so charmed. Metz revealed during interviews that she almost left her acting career right before it took off. Here’s why.
The struggle to become an actress
Metz made her acting debut in 2005 in the TV series Entourage. She played a small role as a counter girl. After taking on a few more roles, she went on to appear in the TV series My Name is Earl, Huge, and American Horror Story.
Success didn’t happen overnight for Metz. Before landing her roles on This is Us and American Horror Story, Metz held several odd jobs. She worked as a fast food employee, a nanny, and a junior talent agent. She told The Hollywood Reporter she would go on casting calls during her lunch break. Metz said she became depressed during her acting journey. “I ended up gaining weight sitting behind a desk and being depressed. All people do is send you Sprinkles cupcakes, which is lovely, but not when you’re depressed and want to be an actress,” she told the magazine.
Why Chrissy Metz almost gave up acting
Trying to make it in Hollywood isn’t easy. Metz told Glamour she had a tough time making ends meet after her role on American Horror Story didn’t result in more acting jobs. She said right before getting the job on This is Us she only had 81 cents in her bank account. Metz told The IMDb Show she was ready to call it quits right up until about a week before she got the role on the hit show:
I was very close. I was literally calling my family and saying ‘Twelve years? Maybe this is just not happening for me.’ I don’t want to be delusional. I was on unemployment for maybe two months, and my friend had welcomed me into her home, and I’m not paying any bills, and I had to borrow money [for gas] to go to the audition.
Putting up a fight
Metz contemplated leaving California and moving back to her hometown of Homestead, Florida. However, Metz said friends and family encouraged her to stay in Hollywood and keep pursuing her dream:
So, I stayed. I kept auditioning, with no savings and no money, credit card debt gaining interest. 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 kept pushing forward and didn’t give up. She continued to go on auditions and reach toward her goals. In her Glamour interview, she credits her support system for helping her stay afloat financially and stay motivated. “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.’ I am so grateful that I had such an amazing support system,” said Metz.
Although the actress has achieved success, she hasn’t forgotten those who helped her. She also told Glamour the struggles she endured made her more sensitive to the hardships of others:
I hope I can be successful enough to provide for those who supported me when I thought, I can’t do this anymore … When you’ve been down on your luck, you can really see that [need] in other people. Now that I’m living more comfortably, how do I share with others? That’s what I’m trying to figure out.
What’s next for Chrissy Metz
The success of This is Us has made things a bit smoother for Metz. The actress is now able to secure more acting roles. Metz recently completed filming Sierra Burgess is a Loser and is set to complete filming for Breakthrough.
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