Chrissy Metz

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Chrissy Metz
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Metz in 2017
Christine Michelle Metz

(1980-09-29) September 29, 1980 (age 42)
Occupation(s)Actress, singer
Years active2005–present
Martyn Eaden
(m. 2008; div. 2015)

Christine Michelle Metz (born September 29, 1980) is an American actress and singer. She played Kate Pearson in the television series This Is Us (2016–2022), which earned her nominations for a Primetime Emmy Award and two Golden Globe Awards. She has also appeared in films such as Sierra Burgess Is a Loser (2018) and Breakthrough (2019).

Early life[edit]

Metz was born in Homestead, Florida, to Denise and Mark Metz[1] on September 29, 1980.[2] She spent her early years in Japan, where her father was stationed for the US Navy.[1] The family later moved to Gainesville, Florida, where she attended elementary, middle, and high school.[1][3] She grew up with her mother, stepfather, two siblings, two half-siblings, and a dog named Jack.[4][5]

Metz has said that her first job was at McDonald's restaurant in Gainesville. She took it in order to buy a $120 pair of sneakers which her mother refused to buy for her.[6] She fondly recalls that her manager treated both her and her fellow employees with respect and dignity. She learned early on the benefits of hard work and the advantages of being nice to other people.[6]


She played Kate Pearson in the NBC drama series This Is Us, which earned her Primetime Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations. She played Ima Wiggles in FX's American Horror Story: Freak Show.[7][8]

Metz is a singer in her band Chrissy and the Vapors.[9]

In early 2018, it was announced that Metz would star in Breakthrough, working with producer DeVon Franklin.[10] She is cast as Joyce Smith, the mother of John, a 14-year-old boy who fell through an icy Missouri lake and was proclaimed dead. The movie, based on the book written by Smith, explores the mother's belief that her son was brought back to life by God interceding through her and other's prayers. In 2021, Metz voiced a character in Muppets Haunted Mansion.

Metz studies with acting coach John Kirby.[11]

Personal life[edit]

On January 5, 2008, Metz married British journalist Martyn Eaden at the courthouse in Santa Barbara, California.[12] They separated in January 2013, and Eaden filed for divorce from Metz in November 2014, citing "irreconcilable differences."[13] On December 11, 2015, their divorce was finalized.

Metz is a Christian.[14]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Loveless in Los Angeles Bonnie
2008 The Onion Movie Heavy Girl Uncredited
2018 Sierra Burgess Is a Loser Trish
2019 Breakthrough Joyce Smith
2022 Stay Awake Michelle Also executive producer
2023 A Creature was Stirring Faith Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Entourage Counter Girl Episode: "The Sundance Kids"
All of Us Ruby Episode: "If You Can't Stand the Heat"
2008 My Name Is Earl Chunk Episode: "We've Got Spirit"
2009 Solving Charlie Maggie Harmon Television movie
2010 Huge Shoshanna Episode: "Talent Night"
2014–15 American Horror Story: Freak Show Barbara / Ima Wiggles Recurring role; 5 episodes
2016–22 This Is Us Kate Pearson Main Role; 92 episodes
2017 Drop the Mic Herself Episode: "David Arquette vs. Brian Tyree Henry / Jesse Tyler Ferguson vs. Chrissy Metz"
2018 The Last O.G. Pooh Cat Episode: "Repass"
2018-2019 Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny Mei Mei Voice role; 13 episodes
2019 Superstore Luanne Episode: "#Cloud9Fail"[15]
2021 Muppets Haunted Mansion Harriet Television special

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2017 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film This Is Us Nominated
MTV Movie & TV Awards Next Generation Award Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Breakout Star Nominated
2018 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Golden Globe Awards[16][17][18] Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Drama Movie Actress Breakthrough Nominated


  1. ^ a b c Radloff, Jessica (September 21, 2016). "'This Is Us' Star Chrissy Metz Talks Plus-Size Labels: 'I'm So Much More Than the Weight I Carry on My Body.'". Glamour. Retrieved January 25, 2017. [Metz] turned 36 on September 29, days after [This Is Us] aired its second episode ... Metz, a native of Homestead, Florida, spent her formative years in Japan (her dad was in the Navy) before moving back to Gainesville, Florida.
  2. ^ "Chrissy Metz". Gale Biography Online Collection (Collection). Gale Biography Online Collection. Gale. 2016. Retrieved October 6, 2022.
  3. ^ Watkins, Morgan (September 25, 2015). "At 6 months, Chrissy Metz's niece battles tall odds". The Gainesville Sun. Gainesville, Florida. Retrieved January 12, 2021.
  4. ^ Meltzer, Marisa (March 6, 2017). "'This Is Us' Star Chrissy Metz Takes On the F Word". Marie Claire. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  5. ^ Dreben, Jed. "'This Is Us' star Chrissy Metz's estranged father fires back at child abandonment claims". Archived from the original on December 14, 2017. Retrieved January 12, 2021.
  6. ^ a b Lam, Katherine (June 2, 2019). "'This is Us' star Chrissy Metz reveals what she learned while working at McDonald's". Fox Business News. Retrieved January 12, 2021.
  7. ^ Boardman, Madeline (September 14, 2016). "'This Is Us': Before They Were Stars". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  8. ^ Cavassuto, Maria (September 14, 2016). "'This is Us' Actress Chrissy Metz on Her Plus-Sized Role: This is a 'Story That Needs to Be Told'". Variety. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  9. ^ Maple, Taylor (October 3, 2017). "Videos Of Chrissy Metz Singing Before 'This Is Us' Reveal That Kate's Musical Future Couldn't Be In Better Hands". Bustle. Retrieved April 15, 2018.
  10. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (January 31, 2018). "'This Is Us' Star Chrissy Metz Set To Topline 'The Impossible' For Fox 2000". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  11. ^ "A STEADY RAIN Extends After Sold-Out Hollywood Fringe Festival Run". Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  12. ^ Roca, Teresa (February 14, 2017). "Car, Cash & Courtroom Snub: Inside 'This Is Us' Star Chrissy Metz's Dirty Divorce From Ex". Radar Online.
  13. ^ "How Chrissy Metz's 'First Real Love' Broke Her Heart In Secret Divorce". Radar Online. February 1, 2017.
  14. ^ "'Breakthrough' impacted 'This Is Us' star Chrissy Metz's own faith". Fox News. April 17, 2019. Retrieved August 22, 2020.
  15. ^ Schwartz, Ryan (March 1, 2019). "This Is Us' Chrissy Metz to Guest-Star On Superstore as Cloud 9 HR Rep".
  16. ^ Bradley, Laura (January 8, 2018). "Golden Globes 2018: See Laura Dern's Inspiring Acceptance Speech". Vanity Fair. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  17. ^ Cohen, Rebecca (January 8, 2018). "Golden Globes: Laura Dern Wins Best Supporting Actress for 'Big Little Lies'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  18. ^ McDermott, Daeve (January 8, 2018). "'Big Little Lies' stars Laura Dern, Nicole Kidman condemn abuse in Golden Globes speeches". USA Today. Retrieved January 8, 2018.

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