Hollywood is notoriously cruel when it comes to actors’ and actresses’ weight. That’s why we loved NBC’s This Is Us so much when it first aired–the series showed bodies of all sizes! But now, one of the show’s actors is being criticized for not being big enough after fans learned he wears a fat suit.
Toby, played by actor Chris Sullivan, has been attacked on social media by people who feel like his character is a “fraud.”
But Sullivan’s co-star and TV girlfriend Chrissy Metz has come to his defense, and you have to hear her argument.
During an episode of Watch What Happens Live with host Andy Cohen, Metz explains that Sullivan was the best person to audition for Toby because he has struggled with his weight, so he knows what Toby is going through.
“We tested a lot of gentlemen who were bigger, and I get it–people think the authenticity is kind of ruined by that,” Metz said. “But Chris has been heavier, so I think he understands the plight of being overweight.”
“Also he was just the best man for the job. And people wear prosthetics all the time–it’s just weight as opposed to, like, a nose or a chin. It’s just kind of the name of the game.”
When Metz appeared on FX’s TV show American Horror Story, she wore a fat suit, too. For Metz, the fat suit taught her a lesson.
“It was sobering,” she said. “I thought, ‘What if I become that heavy and can’t walk around or get stuck in the doorframe? I was like, ‘I don’t want this for me.’”
Whether or not you believe Toby’s fat suit makes his a phony, we can all agree that this news and Toby and Kate’s storyline has sparked an important conversation about weight and body image.
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Chrissy Metz's boyfriend, cameraman Josh Stancil almost quit his job on 'This Is Us' for the actress.
Metz said Stancil took her out on a date about a month after meeting her on the set. The actress said it was unexpected. "My priority was my job, and I was not trying to blow my big shot," she said. "Josh even offered to go work on another show." Clearly, he made a big impression!
Milo Mandy This Is Us
At first, the show was named 36, not This is Us.
The number 36 was supposed to represent the age the characters were turning at the beginning of the show, but the show’s creator, Dan Folgelman, wasn’t a big fan.
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_This Is Us+* was almost made into a movie.+
Dan Fogelman also revealed that the hit show was almost made into a movie instead. His original plan was to have Rebecca give birth to octuplets, but as he continued writing, Fogelman realized he had too much content to try and fit it into a movie.
Chrissy This Is Us
Just nine days after her character Kate turned 36 in the pilot, Chrissy Metz turned 36 in real life.
The actress threw a big party with the cast to celebrate!
“Kate and I are both on the precipice of incredible times in our lives. Coming into our own and achieving personal success and happiness simultaneously is pretty amazing,” she said.
In a wild twist of fate, Chris Sullivan also happens to be 36 years old in real life.
Art does indeed imitate life! He turned 36 about two months before the show first aired.
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Chrissy Metz only had 81 cents in the bank when she landed her role as Kate in This is Us.
"I kept auditioning with no savings and no money, credit card debt gaining interest... I could cry right now just thinking about it. Getting the role of Kate has changed everything," she said.
Chris Sullivan Fat Suit
Speaking of Chris Sullivan, he actually wears a fat suit to play his role as Toby.
He recently revealed at a press event that he’s usually in a fat suit during filming, so he hasn’t had to make any personal lifestyle changes.
Mandy Moore Age Makeup
Mandy Moore had to go through a lot of makeup tests before getting the right look for her character.
“We had so many makeup tests. I think we had five makeup tests and putting on the prosthetics takes about four hours each time. . . Initially I looked too old, and then it wasn’t enough. It was like a Goldilocks situation where we had to find a happy medium,” she said.
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Chrissy’s character Kate is loosely based on the show creator’s sister.
“This role is written about a woman who — it was loosely based on Dan Fogelman’s sister — who struggled with her weight and her self-worth. And a lot of people do, and I have myself, as a human being,” she explained.
Milo This Is Us
Milo Ventimiglia gets really emotional whenever he watches the show.
“It’s really moving television and it’s not because I know these characters, but in the assembly of these episodes, they’ve done a really incredible job of making people feel. I’m not outside of that,” he said.
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Chrissy Metz was excited to play her character because she has a love interest.
“I was excited with the breakdown! I thought… What? A plus-size actress that is remotely attractive and has a love interest… in Hollywood? I need this!” she said.
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Remember Milo's nude scene in the show? He was pretty shocked when he saw it for himself in the trailer!
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Chrissy This Is Us Weight
Chrissy Metz’s contract with NBC involved losing weight for her role on the show.
The contract doesn’t actually require her to follow a certain regimen or reach a target, but the actress made it clear that she does intend to lose weight for her own personal health.
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