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Chrissy Metz from “This Is Us” Gets Really Real in Her New Book

“My body is not my identity. It’s who I am and how I treat people.”

Chrissy Metz from This Is Us

She first became a household name in 2016 as Kate Pearson on the NBC breakout drama “This Is Us.” Since then, actress Chrissy Metz has skyrocketed to fame and we just can’t get enough of her incredible talent and honesty both on and off screen. She has shed a much-needed spotlight on the many prejudices we have against those who struggle with weight and she is changing perceptions along the way.

Winning against all odds, Chrissy Metz has not only made her Hollywood dreams come true, but she is now sharing her wisdom in her new book, “This is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today.” The memoir is loaded with personal stories of both heartbreak and hope, with a positive message that we all need to hear.

As she says on the back cover: “Like many people, I have used food to fill the void and numb the pain. I have met enough people to know that whatever form that coping mechanism takes, what isn’t helping you is hurting you. We can change, and we can have the lives we want and deserve. So whether you are a young hopeful or a late bloomer, I wrote ‘This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today’ with you in mind.”

Do yourself a favor and go get the book and read it from cover to cover. But first, here are a few words of wisdom from the book that will inspire you.

On social media and Internet trolls:
“Every fat joke known to man, ones that were probably first written in Sanskrit, gets trotted out like it’s something new and exciting in its nastiness. I could get caught up in them but then I remember they don’t know me. I know me.”

Remember that time folks got rowdy because I wore a dress? The outpouring of love and support from all of you lovely people has not gone unnoticed. I hope that in some small way an unconventional body wearing an unconventional material opened up discussion, hearts and minds. I truly had no idea it would make anyone feel uncomfortable, I just wanted to try something different. All I'm saying, is do YOU, Boo! Wear what you want, love you love and treat people the way you want to be treated❤️ Now that's out of the way, congratulations to all the winners at the @MTV movie and tv awards, especially our boys @miloanthonyventimiglia and @lonniechavis for winning best tear jerker scene from @nbcthisisus! ? Lastly, thank you to the amazing humans who make this all possible! Dress @janedoelatex Styled @jordan_grossman Makeup @makeupbymotoko Hair @davidgardnerla CC: @creativeprinc #nothingbutlove

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On her stepdad, who she says physically and verbally abused her:
“I have had to grow to understand that I owe Trigger so much for doing what my biological father never did for me, and still acknowledge that he tormented me …. And he also made my life such hell that now, I feel nothing can break me.”

Chrissy Metz as a teenager - Photo courtesy of Chrissy Metz
Photo courtesy of Chrissy Metz

On manifesting your reality:
“I thought, I’m going to meet Oprah one day and live next door to her. So, I said just that, out loud, in a joking way. ‘I want to be in Montecito someday, hanging out with Oprah.’ My wish came true because I put it out there. I truly believe that the things you want can happen, but it starts with asking.”

Oprah Winfrey

On the importance of going after your dreams:
You’ll make things happen once you stop waiting for them to happen. Turn all that attention you are putting toward what other people are saying to what you are saying.”

This Is Us - Courtesy of NBC
This Is Us – Courtesy of NBC

For more inspiration and realness get the book
This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today

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Written by Mar Yvette

Mar Yvette is an on-air host, lifestyle expert, writer and editor with 10+ years of experience working with some of the world’s most recognized media companies.