“When I booked ‘This Is Us,’ I had 81 cents in my bank account.”
NBC’s beloved new show This Is Us is crushing it with critics and audiences alike. Every week, we get empowering messages and themes that stress the importance of strength, love and family. But one of its stars just dropped some serious inspo off-screen.
Chrissy Metz, who plays Kate on the award-winning series, didn’t have an easy path to success. “I kept on auditioning, with no savings and no money,” she tells ET Canada. “I went on unemployment and bought ramen noodles at dollar stores.” Chrissy is so grateful for an incredible support system, including her mom and close friends in Los Angeles. One friend allowed Chrissy to live with her rent-free; another helped her run lines when she couldn’t afford acting classes. “When I booked This Is Us, I had 81 cents in my bank account,” she shares. “I could cry right now just thinking about it.”
And going through those difficult times has filled Chrissy with immense gratitude. “Sometimes I cry on the way to set,” she says. She also talks about the outpouring of love she continues to receive from This Is Us viewers. “That makes all the struggle, all the ramen noodles, all the times when I couldn’t pay my bills, all the times where I was like, ‘I can’t do this,’ worth it.”
Don’t ever let anyone tell you that something is unattainable, and don’t ever lose hope. Incredible things happen when you pursue your passions and follow your dreams. You just never know how close you are to achieving them.
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