“This Is Us” star Chrissy Metz stopped by “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” on Thursday and defended her co-star, Chris Sullivan.
It was recently revealed that Sullivan wears a fat suit for his character Toby on the show, and Metz is okay with it.
“We tested a lot of gentlemen who were bigger, and I get it — people think the authenticity is kind of ruined by that. But Chris has been heavier, so I think he understands the plight of being overweight,” she said.
For Metz, this kind of thing comes with the territory and it shouldn’t take away from his performance. “Also, he was just the best man for the job. And people wear prosthetics all the time — it’s just weight as opposed to, like, a nose or a chin,” she continued.
Metz plays Kate, who meets Toby at a meeting for those dealing with weight and body image issues. Part of their relationship on the show is about the couple’s weight-loss struggle.
The actress is familiar with prosthetics when it comes to acting.
When she was in a recurring role as the “fat lady” Ima Barbara Wiggles on “American Horror Story: Freak Show”, she was put in a fat suit. “It was sobering,” she said about the experience. “I thought, What if I become that heavy and can’t walk around or get stuck in the doorframe? I was like, I don’t want this for me.”