Stars of the TV hit “This Is Us” Mandy Moore and Chrissy Metz reveal that it wasn’t long ago that they were teens struggling with self-love.
For People magazine’s new World’s Most Beautiful issue, Metz and Moore sat down and penned advice to their younger selves.
“Hey Girl hey,” Metz started her letter. “You are just as important and beautiful as Amy, the most gorgeous cheerleader in your entire school, even if your hair isn’t the perfect natural shade of honey blonde or because your clothes aren’t from Guess or that your curves look VERY different from hers.”
“Contrary to the bill of goods you’ve been sold, life is not a competition. Stop comparing yourself to anyone or anything. We are all on our own journey and YOU are the driver. There will be bumps in the road, detours to be taken and pit stops will have to be made, but you’ve got to fill ‘er up and keep going. You will lose your map, but never your intuition. Allow every smile, frown and town you drive through open your mind but never close your heart,” she continued.
Moore, joked on not growing up too fast. “Hi Mandy, there’s one thing I want you to hear: Don’t become an old woman too soon!” she wrote. “It’s ironic because when you’re 33, you’re going to play this wonderful character from her mid-20s to her mid-60s and you’ll be blown away after sitting in the makeup chair and seeing a 60-year-old version of yourself in the mirror. Then again, we’ve always felt like an old soul.”
“When you’re older, you might not be interested in going out or exploring the nightlife but you should! Be more spontaneous. Say yes when people ask you out to dinner. Go on more trips. Don’t worry about the future – Mom and Dad will support you through ever twist and turn life takes. Believe me, the clarity and wisdom that comes with age and time, there’s no substitute for it. By the time you’re in your 30s, you’ll be the most comfortable in your skin that you’ve ever been,” Moore explained.
The co-stars finish their emotional letters with one theme in common: to appreciate what life gives you. “Just remember to always enjoy and appreciate the moments as they happen and don’t just focus on the path ahead. The bigger picture is pretty amazing,” Moore said.
Metz finished with, “One day you will appreciate the upgrade of that cruise control but never take your eye off that winding road you have paved by being courageously you!”
People’s World’s Most Beautiful will be revealed when the issue hits newsstands Wednesday.
Watch Metz read her essay below.