One thing that actress Chrissy Metz wasn’t expecting of her newfound fame is that conversations about her character and the storylines on the smash hit This Is Us would become an almost daily occurrence.
The show is a real tearjerker and not just the occasional kind. Almost every single episode leaves the viewer feeling emotionally exposed and fragile. The subject matter that is dealt with on the show ranges from body image, familial loss, addiction, adoption and most recently, miscarriage.
Metz’s character Kate, suffers a miscarriage, in a raw episode that highlights a specific type of pain and grief that is often not showcased on a visible platform. After all, 1 in 4 pregnancies end in a miscarriage but they are largely suffered in silence.
Metz has come to realize and understand that the way the show touches people’s lives and hearts will be obvious when they speak about it.
“It’s very often, if not probably on a daily basis that I cry with strangers, whether it’s in a bathroom or in the chip aisle at Target. Whether they’ve adopted a new baby, or there’s a high school friend I recently went and saw during Thanksgiving, and his wife had triplets and they lost one of the babies,” explains the 37-year-old actress.
What’s so great about the show and its emotional resonance is that the storylines aren’t too far-fetched. People actually experience these type of heartbreaking and challenging scenarios all of the time. Its called life and it can be a struggle for us all.
Metz is proud that a piece of art can be such a relatable experience and impact so many different people’s lives in such a meaningful way. This allows so many people to have the courage to really open up and process some of the struggles they’ve gone through when they see it displayed on their television screen.
Following the heartbreak that Kate and fiance Toby went through losing the baby, it seems that the characters are going to try for a baby and attempt to get pregnant again when they are ready. So that will likely be a storyline that is tackled in the upcoming weeks or months.