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‘It’s Not About Weight:’ ‘This Is Us’ Star Chrissy Metz’s Debut is a Real and Holistic Take on Love and Acceptance

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On the NBC hit show, This Is Us, Chrissy Metz plays the loveable Kate Pearson— the only daughter of Rebecca and Jack Pearson whose struggle with weight and size acceptance is not the focal point of her storyline, but something she learns to conquer by the end of the first season. Chrissy Metz isn’t what people typically think of when the image of a Hollywood starlet comes to mind; instead, she looks like a real woman of a real size who is sensual, confident and has real emotions. Essentially, Metz’s portrayal of Kate puts to rest the stereotype of the “happy, fat person.” After many This Is Us fans approached her about how realistic her portrayal of Kate is, saying,  “I don’t…

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American Idol ends: What are your fondest memories?

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When I chatted with Kelly Clarkson shortly after her historical American Idol victory, I was struck by a distinct note of awe in her voice. She just couldn’t believe it had happened to her. In fact, she could scarcely believe she was in the process of being interviewed. A down-to-earth, naturally charming person had been thrust into the limelight and even after she’d had some time to become accustomed, she was still starry-eyed. Compared to other celebrity interviews I’d conducted, she was a breath of fresh air. And this got me to thinking: How many lives would this show change? Furthermore, how far will the show go, and how will it be remembered? Perhaps we can now address the latter question, as…

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