Chrissy Metz Only Had 81 Cents When She Started This Is Us

If you don't watch This Is Us, you need to start. It's an emotional roller coaster, and incredibly well written, and the acting is amazing.

Chrissy Metz is one of the main characters on the show.


She's an incredibly lovable character too. If she's anything like her character Kate in real life, I want to be friends with her.

She sat down with Glamour Magazine to talk about her life before the show and it sure wasn't all roses.

Her and her family didn't have much money to begin with, so moving out to LA, she was pretty much broke. Then, in 2014, she landed the role of Ima Wiggles on American Horror Story and thought it would be a springboard for bigger things. However, after her role on the show ended, there was nothing. She even debated moving back home to Florida, but her mother convinced her to pursue her dreams in LA.

"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.' 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, but when I booked This Is Us, I had 81 cents in my bank account. I could cry right now just thinking about it."

Of course, her new acting gig has changed a lot of things for her, but she's not used to having money.

"It’s definitely a lot more than I was making, but I still live with my roommate—though I pay my proper share of the rent now. Meeting my car payment on time? That’s new. I paid my friends and my stepdad back. And three months ago I finally paid my credit cards off! Funny, but I still get buyer’s remorse—I just got my first pair of Alexander McQueen shoes; I’m so convinced I shouldn’t have bought them, I still haven’t busted them out of the box."

She says, "There is something that happens when you are grateful: You continue to keep receiving blessings. So I will always be grateful."

I think that's a pretty wonderful way to be.


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