It's well-documented that it's hard for plus-sized actors to get work, and although #ChrissyMetz has landed a wonderful role in NBC's hit family drama #ThisIsUs, there are some strings attached regarding her weight as the series progresses.
In an interview with TV Line, Metz revealed that her contract contains a mandatory weight-loss clause that requires her to shed the pounds as the season progresses in order to reflect her character's growing confidence and motivation.
While this might sound pretty harsh, Metz herself is pleased with the terms of her contract because it will help improve her willpower when it comes to a healthier lifestyle:
“In our contract, it did state that that would be a part of it, to lose the weight in the trajectory of the character as she comes to find herself. That was a win-win for me. Because it’s one thing to try to do it on your own. But as human beings, it’s an ego thing: We’re more likely to do something for someone else."
Despite the obvious pressure of losing weight on a timescale for her career, Chrissy made it clear that she wants to shed the pounds in a healthy and sustainable way without resorting to crash dieting:
“I have to be aware of not losing too much weight because of the show. … I want to do it in the right way. It’s a gradual process."
Although Metz is losing weight for her job, she wanted to be clear that she is still a body positive person who thinks people of all shapes and sizes are attractive:
“I just have to be clear: Whether or not I lose weight or stay the same, it’s purely a choice of mine for health. Not because I think that plus-size, curvy, voluptuous, big bodies aren’t attractive — because I think they’re awesome and sexy. So I’ll just have to make sure that’s known, because I’m not selling out the big girls.”
It's great that Chrissy has spoken openly about her intentions to lose weight in a safe and responsible fashion and not submit to the fad diets that are all too popular in Hollywood. As Melissa McCarthy has consistently proved since she began her weight-loss journey, making gradual healthy changes can make a huge difference, I mean, just look at her now!
I have every confidence that Metz can achieve similar results and start to feel a whole lot better too!
If you haven't seen This Is Us yet, check out the trailer below to see what you've been missing out on:
Would you ever sign a contract where you had to lose weight?
(Source: TV Line)