This Is Us: Chrissy Metz defends Chris Sullivan's fat suit
What’s the big deal?
“We tested a lot of gentlemen who were bigger, and I get it — people think the authenticity is kind of ruined by that. But Chris has been heavier, so I think he understands the plight of being overweight,” the actress explained.
“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,” she continued, adding, “It’s just kind of the name of the game.”
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Metz’s character, Kate, met her fiancé Toby at a meeting for people who struggle with weight and body image, and the couple’s weight loss struggle has played a major part in their relationship.
Meanwhile, Metz, herself, knows a thing or two about wearing prosthetics.
When she landed a recurring role on American Horror Story: Freak Show, she stepped into a fat suit to play “fat lady” Ima Barbara Wiggles.
“It was sobering,” she told People about wearing the extra pounds. “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.’ ”
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