“This is Us Star”: Broke Before Making It Big!
Perusing a dream is never easy and is often scary. This is something This is Us star Chrissy Metz knows all too well. Wanting to be an actress Chrissy dedicated herself to the art and thought she had finally gotten her break when she was cast as “The Fat Lady” Ima “Barbara” Wiggles. However, after it wrapped no other prospects were in the midst.
Chrissy almost moved back to Florida stating “”And then in 2014 ‘American Horror Story’ came up. I’d wanted the role of Ima [Barbara] Wiggles desperately, and after I got it, I thought, OK, awesome, this is a jumping board for my career! But when it wrapped, there was . . . nothing. I almost moved back to Florida, but my mom said, ‘You can either be miserable here and not pursue your dreams, or you can be miserable in LA and at least pursue what you want.’ So, I stayed . . . 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.”
Thankfully people were supportive of her, a roommate told her she could live there for free until she could afford rent, friends offered to cook her dinner or to practice running lines if she couldn’t afford acting classes.
While she may have reached her dream of becoming an actress one dream she didn’t reach was getting her grandmother a washer and dryer for her apartment before she passed away. Her grandmother played an instrumental role in her life growing up and is deeply missed.
This is Us is a touching show that brings viewers to tears weekly. The character development of Kate played by Chrissy has been emotional and ground breaking. Chrissy and Kate have shown us that no matter how hard or scary you should never give up on your dreams.
Written by Samantha T
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