Chrissy Metz was broke and ready to quit acting before ‘This Is Us’

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 06: (L-R) Actors Mandy Moore, Chrissy Metz and Susan Kelechi Watson accept an award onstage during the 42nd Annual Gracie Awards, hosted by The Alliance for Women in Media at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on June 6, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Alliance for Women in Media)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 06: (L-R) Actors Mandy Moore, Chrissy Metz and Susan Kelechi Watson accept an award onstage during the 42nd Annual Gracie Awards, hosted by The Alliance for Women in Media at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on June 6, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Alliance for Women in Media) /
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Chrissy Metz is an Emmy-nominated actress, but she was ready to give up on her career before This Is Us.

When aware season rolls around, we usually hear the same story told in a different way. An actor who is on the rise tells their story of how they were sleeping in their car and waiting tables for free in order to find work. Chrissy Metz has a similar story but it’s somehow even more emotional than you’re prepare for.

How fitting for an actress on a show like This Is Us.

Metz is currently leading the This Is Us media blitz ahead of both the second season of the show and the Emmys. The actress, along with basically everyone else on the show (expect Mandy Moore, but let’s not get into that here) earned a nomination for the first season of the show. But while Metz is just a month away from possibly collecting serious awards hardware, it wasn’t that long ago that none of this seemed possible.

“I was going to quit acting and move back home,” Metz told Today Show this week. “Now my mom is going to be my Emmy date.”

Her story is one we’re going to hear more and more about in the lead up to the Emmys in September, but it’s a classic rags to riches tale. Metz was essentially broke before landing the role of Kate, but now her life is forever changed.

When she originally auditioned for the series, Metz wasn’t positive that she was landing the role. However she was brought back for a callback — a long one, which is a good sign — and eventually was cast. After seeing her in the role as Kate, it’s impossible to imagine that anyone else was even being considered for the part as Metz is beyond perfect on the show.

Before next season begins, we might be describing it as award-winning.

We can’t wait for that day to arrive.