5 reasons Chrissy Metz better win Outstanding Supporting Actress at the Emmys

Photo Credit: This Is Us/NBC, Acquired From NBCUniversal Media Village
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Photo Credit: This Is Us/NBC, Acquired From NBCUniversal Media Village
Photo Credit: This Is Us/NBC, Acquired From NBCUniversal Media Village /

This Is Us star and first-time Emmy nominee Chrissy Metz better take home the win for Outstanding Supporting Actress for these five reasons.

Ahead of the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, we’re pulling out all of the stops to ensure our This Is Us favorites take home their rightful awards. After all, the NBC breakout hit has earned a whopping 10 nominations and stands to take the win on a fair number of those nods. One of the performers who deserves to claim victory? Chrissy Metz.

The first-time nominee scored a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her incredible work as Kate Pearson in This Is Us, and we’re just about ready to call the race early in Metz’s favor. Over the course of the first season, Metz showcased her complexity as a performer, embraced the challenge of representing such an important story, and breezed passed her status as a fresh face to the world of television. Watch her breathtaking performance on This Is Us once, and you’ll never forget her name. For these five reasons, Chrissy Metz better win the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress.

1. She’s a fresh face.

Now, I understand that Chrissy Metz isn’t the sole fresh face in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category. There’s Millie Bobby Brown for Stranger Things, Ann Dowd and Samira Wiley for The Handmaid’s Tale, and Emmys newcomer Thandie Newton for Westworld alongside previous Emmy winner Uzo Aduba. I get it — the majority of the women in this category are first-time nominees. However, television hasn’t encountered a talent quite like that of Chrissy Metz in a long, long time.

With the exception of 13-year-old Millie Bobby Brown, all of these actresses have been working steadily in film and television for years. Chrissy Metz is the true embodiment of a fresh face. When she landed the role of Kate Pearson in This Is Us, she had a mere 81 cents in her bank account. I mean, you don’t hear many breakout Cinderella stories of 81 cents to a sizable bonus on TV’s No. 1 show, now do you? Of course, Metz more than exudes the talent necessary for capping off a breakthrough year with a deserved Emmy Award win.

2. Kate’s story is important.

Much has been made about a plus-size woman snagging a lead role in a primetime drama. Not only a primetime drama, but the primetime drama. And it’s all wonderful conversation that has catapulted Chrissy Metz into a convention keynote speaker and made the actress connect with strangers who have benefited from her on-screen work. Few shows can pull viewers in to relate in a real and visceral way quite like the NBC smash hit. But the best and most important part of Kate’s story on This Is Us has nothing to do with her weight — it’s in spite of her weight.

Even though Kate admits that her life and headspace will always be devoted, in part, to her weight and insecurities, This Is Us positively shows how Kate continues to live a full life. It might “always be about the weight for [her]” as she tells Toby, but Kate exercises her agency as a woman every day and doesn’t allow anything to hold her back. In Season 2, she’ll surely take the music world by storm with her genetic gift of song. But before that happens, Chrissy Metz needs to take home the trophy for bringing a character so lovable and authentic to life.

3. That scream.

You know the scream. The one that arrived in the back half of Season 1 and showcased the totality of Chrissy Metz’s talents as a dramatic actress. Before the scream heard round the “immersive weight loss experience,” Kate had been much more reserved and bottled up her emotions. Apart from a few pointed blow ups at that random support group girl, her boss’ daughter, and Toby a couple times, Kate internalized everything. But that scream let it all out.

Of course, Kate holds onto the grief and mystery of Jack’s death, and carrying that grave emotional baggage from episode to episode is no easy feat. For an actress in her first starring role in a major drama series, successfully nailing each of Kate’s layers — including a years-pent-up cathartic release — warrants an outpouring of praise. Interestingly, Metz chose to submit the pilot episode for consideration at the Emmys, but should she win — and she should — there will be vindication for the soul-shattering scream that’s still giving us goosebumps.

4. And that complexity.

As Kate Pearson, Chrissy Metz knocks it out of the park from all angles. She’s funny, she’s heartbreaking, she’s fearless, she’s engaging, she’s the whole package. And you’d think that complexity comes from how the character is written on the page, but it takes a skilled performer to peel back all of those layers. Metz has shown us Kate’s fierce side from barking at an ornery teenager with similar mommy issues to getting thrown out of a weight loss retreat for sticking up for herself. That’s the side of Kate that proves what Chrissy Metz can really do.

Sure, we love those emotional moments that make us cry with abandon, but Kate shines when she musters confidence and exercises that aforementioned agency. Making the decision to break up with Toby to focus on improving herself wasn’t the easiest move to make, but Metz glided through the scene with heart-wrenching realism and grounded her seemingly selfish choice with empathy. Like her relatives and all humans, Kate can’t help but be complex and full of beautiful contradictions, and Metz has earned the Emmy for hitting all of these marks.

5. Chrissy Metz is the real deal.

Bottom line, end of story, full stop: Chrissy Metz is the real deal every day of the week. When you’re one of the lead stars of the most popular new series on TV, naysayers will put an expiration date on your success, but don’t even try it with Metz. She’s got the acting chops and surefire longevity — and soon the Emmy — to prove it. Just you wait.

While it seems as though the competition is stacked with equally talented actresses bringing equally complex women to life on the small screen, we think Chrissy Metz stands as the obvious frontrunner. If the Academy knows what’s what, they will vote for the breakout talent, first-time nominee to win the prize for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

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Are you rooting for Chrissy Metz to take home the Emmy Award? Do you agree with our reasons why she better win? Let us know your thoughts in the comments, and keep the conversation going over on Twitter at @thisisuscrying!

The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards air on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 8/7c on CBS. This Is Us returns for Season 2 on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 9/8c on NBC.