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Everyone knows that when you’re trying to lose weight, it’s basically the worst. You weigh yourself on the scale and hate your life because that number keeps moving up and not down. You feel miserable because you can’t eat the foods you’ve conditioned yourself to love. And as much as you pretend to love working out, you’d rather gouge your eyes out than wake up at 5 a.m. in order to fit the gym in, again.

It’s no wonder so many of us fail during that awful process, at least initially until we get into the swing of things. But imagine for a second that you’ve not only committed to a healthier lifestyle incorporating all of those aforementioned elements, but you’ve committed to it in front of roughly 15 million people.

Welcome to Chrissy Metz‘s new life.

This fall, the actress plays Kate on the anticipated new series This Is Us. How anticipated is this show, exactly? Well in just over 48 hours the trailer had 15 million views. Now, just a few months later it’s got almost 65 million views, which means a lot of freaking people are interested in this thing.

And by default they’re going to be interested in Metz’s weight. You see, This Is Us revolves around four different stories featuring characters that just so happen to share the same birthday. And on her 36th birthday, Kate decides that she’s finally going to lose all of her extra weight. If she’s successful — and if the show becomes the hit everyone thinks it’s going to be — that means Metz is in for a weight loss journey too.

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“I don’t know many plus-size women who are starring in a television show on a network that is going to be seen by so many people who are affected by being overweight,” Metz says. “So I feel lucky that I get to be the different one, but I’ve been different all my life. I’m not exactly like Kate, but I’m a lot like Kate. I’m not saying that I’m not happy with who I am, but a part of me does want to change. I want to live a healthier life. And so I get to do this in life on the show, and it’s tenfold of incredible luck and opportunity.”

Of course real weight loss — and true lifestyle change — doesn’t happen overnight. Neither Metz nor the show’s creator Dan Fogelman wants to do the character a disservice by making it too unrealistic. As such Fogelman says he’ll write to Metz’s real life situation based on where she is with her personal goals. In the meantime, both the producers and Metz are willing to use the real-life comedy that comes from this kind of story. Such as scenes where Metz weighs herself in only her underwear.

“I was, like, ‘I’m just going to have underwear on? Okay…’  So that was really difficult, but it was also really wonderful because there are people who aren’t courageous enough to do that,” she says. “For me to be able to do that on screen with people supporting me was wonderful. Perfect, wonderful, beautiful women say, ‘I could never do that.’ Well they need to. These are our vessels. It’s not everything that we are — I’m not just my body. I could go on forever, but I’m going to stop there because it’s amazing. So, in conclusion, I feel wonderful to be doing this.”

With representation like that, we feel pretty wonderful too. Here’s hoping she reaches all her goals.

 

This is Us debuts Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 10 p.m. on CTV.