Chrissy Metz, who on Monday was nominated for a Supporting Actress Golden Globe for her performance as Kate Pearson on NBC's family drama This Is Us, is grateful to be recognized for her depiction of a realistic and complex character who's a plus-sized woman.
"I feel like I'm in a dream. Like, what's happened? Am I tired? It's slowly processing," she told Vulture. "Viola Davis made this beautiful speech last night [at the Critics' Choice Awards]. It was so moving and I was in tears. To be the unconventional actress or finally [to have] art catching up to life, it really means a lot because there were times where I was like, Maybe I'm not gonna be able to do this."
Metz, whose most prominent role before This Is Us was as a character named "Ima Wiggles the Fat Lady" on American Horror Story: Freak Show, expressed gratitude to NBC and 20th Century Fox, the studio that makes This Is Us, for taking a chance on a "real plus-size woman, not just a size 6 or 8" for the role. "As an actor you use who you are and what you look like in your roles, and this is what I took on and this is who I am in some capacity," she says. "But it's not all that I am. Kate is a true woman who is really contending with that. She can still be sexy or exciting or fun, but really vulnerable. It's really a gift."
This Is Us returns Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 9/8c on NBC.