Chrissy Metz Only Had 81 Cents In Her Bank Account When She Booked “This Is Us”

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Chrissy Metz may be a big TV star now, but that wasn’t always the case.

Just a year ago, before being cast as Kate in “This Is Us,” the 36-year-old actor only had 81 cents in her bank account. After many years of auditioning and running the race in Hollywood, Chrissy thought her days of trying to make it on the big screen were over — but then, “This Is Us” swooped in to save the day.

In a recent interview with Glamour Magazine, Chrissy shared the inspirational story of her long, hard rise to fame.

“After high school I really wanted to act, but I didn’t even know how to begin. I didn’t know anybody with connections, I didn’t come from money, I didn’t go to Juilliard. But I never was afraid of the odds, even though they were seriously stacked against me,” she said.


After appearing on the hit TV show “American Horror Story,” Chrissy thought things would finally take off — but they didn’t.

“I almost moved back to Florida, but my mom said, ‘You can either be miserable here and not pursue your dreams, or you can be miserable in L.A. and at least pursue what you want.'”

Lucky for Chrissy, she had an incredible support system who encouraged her to keep going.

“I moved in with a roommate who told me, ‘Stay with me until you can afford rent. Don’t give up.’ People who supported me were like, ‘If you don’t have money for food, I’ll cook you dinner. You don’t have money for acting class? Let’s get together and read lines.’ I am so grateful that I had such an amazing support system, but when I booked ‘This Is Us,’ I had 81 cents in my bank account. I could cry right now just thinking about it,” she said.


Now that Chrissy has finally found success, she hopes to give back to those who supported her throughout the years.

“But mainly, I hope I can be successful enough to provide for those who supported me when I thought, I can’t do this anymore. I’ve had women—average women, older women, teenagers—who say to me, ‘Your role and this show has changed my life.’ That makes all the struggle, all the ramen noodles, all the times when I couldn’t pay my bills, all the times where I was like, ‘I can’t do this,’ worth it. There is something that happens when you are grateful: You continue to keep receiving blessings. So I will always be grateful,” she said.

You go, girl.