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Posted Wednesday 3/21/18 at 5:38PM EDT
This Is Us star Chrissy Metz's memoir recalls childhood abuse at the hands of her stepfather
In This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today, Metz reveals how her stepfather physically beat her and forced her to do humiliating weigh-ins. “My body seemed to offend him, but he couldn’t help but stare, especially when I was eating," she writes. "He joked about putting a lock on the refrigerator. We had lived with a lack of food for so long that when it was there, I felt like I had to eat it before it disappeared. Food was my only happiness.”
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 5:20AM EDT
This Is Us isn’t a particularly good television show, but it’s an excellent pressure release valve
Todd VanDerWerff wonders why the NBC drama turns off some TV critics, while its massive audience keeps tuning in. He has come to the conclusion that This Is Us is "one of the most necessary shows in America right now," especially in allowing viewers to release their emotions and cry. "There’s a subset of Americans who overvalue our stoicism, who see it as projecting a kind of calm, steady strength to those around us, and to the rest of the world when all of that stoicism combines into a national aggregate," he says. "But This Is Us is about the dangers of not feeling your feelings, about what happens when you bottle everything up and repress it. What’s more, it wants to give its audience a safe space every week to feel those emotions, to process their own grief and sorrow and even joy. All of the things I don’t like about it aren’t flaws. They’re the whole point."
- The Season 2 finale confirmed This Is Us is no longer comfort food
- Season 2 wasn't great, but the season finale was a "much stronger conclusion than the season seemed capable of even a few weeks ago"
- Go inside Mandy Moore's trailer as she's transformed into Older Rebecca
- Chrissy Metz reveals what intimate scene was cut from the finale
- Ranking This Is Us' seven best plot twists
Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 10:17PM EDT
Is Sterling K. Brown too good for This Is Us?
The two-time Emmy-winning actor, who's coming off the high of hosting Saturday Night Live, has insisted he isn't going anywhere. "I’ll ride it ’til the wheels fall off,” he said last year. But as Robert Rorke notes, "the magnetic actor is unstoppable" -- he could be the next George Clooney, who left the hit series ER for movie stardom. "As everyone has figured out by now, the big-hearted Brown is the best thing about This Is Us," says Rorke, "but he’s also better than the show, which has allowed itself to devolve from sensitive family drama into a soap opera about a ghost." He adds: "Brown’s ascension comes at a time when Hollywood is hurting for the kind of eloquent leading man who can become the next Denzel Washington or the next Gary Oldman, to name two of this year’s Oscar nominees and one eventual winner. It’s time for Brown to join their ranks."
- This Is Us producers call seeing Milo Ventimiglia don old-age makeup “one of the most visceral punches” they've experienced on the show
- To become Old Jack, Ventimiglia sent the makeup people photos of his father from different angles
- This Is Us co-showrunner Elizabeth Burger offers some insight on the Season 2 finale
- Creator Dan Fogelman says Season 3 is “a big Vietnam season for us. We’re doing some cool stuff"
- Chrissy Metz on the season finale: "It was really layered, and it was really wonderful and a lot of fun to have all of us together"
- Has This Is Us become too reliant on endless cliffhangers and mini-mysteries?
- This Is Us needed that clunky Season 2 ending
Posted Wednesday 11/29/17 at 12:21AM EST
Here are 13 women who could’ve hosted the Golden Globes instead of Seth Meyers
In response to Forbes praising Meyers as “a feminist host" for the Globes, Fast Company offers a rebuttal, arguing that top female stars like Kristen Bell, Ellen DeGeneres, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones could’ve easily hosted next year’s Globes.
# TOPICS: Amber Ruffin, Andrea Martin, Chrissy Metz, Debra Messing, Ellen DeGeneres, Jenny Hagel, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Bell, Leslie Jones, Mandy Moore, Megan Mullally, Meghan Markle, Mindy Kaling, Seth Meyers, Golden Globe Awards, Lists, Women and TV
Posted Monday 10/02/17 at 8:13PM EDT
Chrissy Metz thought she was being Punk’d when Oprah invited her to lunch
"She called me, and I literally thought I was being Punk'd," she tells Seth Meyers, referencing Ashton Kutcher’s MTV prank show. "I know Punk'd is not on anymore, but I was like, ‘Is this Ashton?'"
Posted Wednesday 9/27/17 at 11:39PM EDT
How have fat female characters evolved on TV?
Even with Chrissy Metz’s groundbreaking This Is Us role, overweight female characters continue to be defined by their weight.
Posted Wednesday 9/13/17 at 10:02PM EDT
Chrissy Metz beat out a “Hollywood overweight person” to land her This Is Us role
The Hollywood Reporter went behind the scenes of the NBC hit, finding that Metz and the actress she was up against “represented different ideas of what passes for heavy on television — and dramatically different directions for the show.” "The other actress was a sort of 'Hollywood overweight person,'" says NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke, "struggling with losing, maybe, 20 pounds." But Salke decided that Metz could bring authenticity to the role. Before This Is Us, Metz was a struggling actress, whose biggest credit was “the fat lady" on American Horror Story: Freak Show. So Metz was desperate to play Kate: ”Here was this woman who was actually dealing with weight. Not like, 'Oh my God, I gained a pound,'" she says. "She was a real woman who was really struggling, and all I could think was, 'Oh my God, I'm Kate.’” PLUS: This Is Us creator initially found Milo Ventimiglia too good-looking for the part, the show benefits from its diverse writers’ room, and Mandy Moore says “Milo is No. 1 on the call sheet — he isn’t going anywhere.”
Posted Tuesday 8/22/17 at 9:14PM EDT
TV salaries revealed: Robert De Niro will make $774,000 per episode
De Niro leads all drama actors, at least per episode, for his upcoming Amazon series, which has yet to have a title. On the comedy side, The Big Bang Theory stars are on top, earning $900,000 per episode. On the low end, Donald Glover makes $75,000 per episode for Atlanta and Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley each make $40,000 per episode of This Is Us.
# TOPICS: Amazon, CBS, FX, Netflix, Atlanta, The Big Bang Theory, This is Us, Amy Schumer, Chris Rock, Chrissy Metz, Dave Chappelle, Donald Glover, Justin Hartley, Robert De Niro, Diversity, TV Salaries, Women and TV
Posted Monday 8/14/17 at 10:32PM EDT
See the first glimpse of Sylvester Stallone on This Is Us
The action star was “punched out” by Chrissy Metz on set of the NBC series.