Chrissy Metz says people can live ‘a healthy life’ at an ‘unconventional size’ – AOL

“This Is Us” star Chrissy Metz wants to live a healthy life, but she doesn’t think that means she needs to lose weight to do so.

“Goodness, there’s so many different levels of response,” the plus-size actress told TheWrap founder and editor in chief Sharon Waxman during WrapWomen’s Power Women Summit Thursday, when asked if she felt pressure to lose weight from those within the industry who value thin talent.

“I think, as we evolve as human beings or in our particular life, we realize, ‘Oh, you know, this isn’t serving me anymore,’” she said. “Or, if we, God forbid, come across medical issues or problems that, ‘Oh, maybe I just wanna be a little more active.’ And some people knock the girls that lose weight and say like, ‘Why did you guys do that? You’re selling out.’ And that’s not necessarily true.” Then she referenced the character she plays on the her NBC family drama: “Much like Kate, it’s like, ‘Oh, no, she’s finally contending with the things that she was eating over.’”

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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 24: Actor Chrissy Metz attends The Paley Center for Media’s 2019 PaleyFest LA ‘This Is Us’ at Dolby Theatre on March 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/WireImage)

ST LOUIS, MISSOURI – MARCH 20: Actress Chrissy Metz attends the premiere of ‘Breakthrough’ at the Marcus Des Peres Cinema on March 20, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images for 21st Century FOX and Breakthrough movie)

NASHVILLE, TN – MARCH 14: Actress Chrissy Metz attends the ‘Breakthrough’ VIP Reception at Table 3 on March 14, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for 20th Century Fox)

Actor Chrissy Metz from the NBC series “This is us” poses at the NBCUniversal UpFront presentation in New York City, New York, U.S., May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar

STUDIO CITY, CA – JUNE 14: Actress Chrissy Metz visits ‘The IMDb Show’ on June 14, 2018 in Studio City, California. This episode of ‘The IMDb Show’ airs on June 28, 2018. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)

NEW YORK, NY – JULY 17: Actress Chrissy Metz is seen walking in midtown on July 17, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 08: Actress Chrissy Metz signs copies of her new book ‘This Is Me’ at Barnes & Noble at The Grove on April 8, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

ORLANDO, FL – MARCH 31: Chrissy Metz poses during a signing book event of her new book ‘This Is Me: Loving The Person You Are Today’ at Barnes & Noble Colonial Plaza on March 31, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA, PA – MARCH 26: Actress Chrissy Metz attends This Is Me book tour while promoting her memoir This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today at Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on March 26, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 14: Actress Chrissy Metz speaks at Glamour Women Of The Year 2016 LIVE Summit at NeueHouse Hollywood on November 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Glamour)

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 14: Chrissy Metz attends the Glamour Celebrates 2016 Women Of The Year Awards – Arrivals at NeueHouse Hollywood on November 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 21: Actress Chrissy Metz attends the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 21: Chrissy Metz arrives at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/Getty Images)

SANTA MONICA, CA – JANUARY 11: Actress Chrissy Metz attends the 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 07: Actor Chrissy Metz attends The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – NOVEMBER 10: Actress Chrissy Metz arrives at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and InStyle celebrate the 2017 Golden Globe Award Season at Catch LA on November 10, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 14: (L-R) Actress Chrissy Metz, comedian Erin Gibson, Founder & Executive Director Safe Hands for Girls, Jaha Dukureh, and Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad pose backstage at Glamour Women Of The Year 2016 LIVE Summit at NeueHouse Hollywood on November 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/Getty Images for Glamour)

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LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 30: Actress Chrissy Metz attends Entertainment Weekly’s Popfest at The Reef on October 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 30: (L-R) Actors Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley pose backstage during the ‘This Is Us’ panel at Entertainment Weekly’s PopFest at The Reef on October 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 30: Actress Chrissy Metz speaks onstage during the ‘This Is Us’ panel at Entertainment Weekly’s PopFest at The Reef on October 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)

CULVER CITY, CA – OCTOBER 23: Actress Chrissy Metz attends the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation ‘A Time For Heroes’ family festival at Smashbox Studios on October 23, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Tasia Wells/Getty Images for Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation )

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – OCTOBER 13: Actress Chrissy Metz attends NYLON Nights Los Angeles, in celebration of the October It Girl issue hosted by cover star Tinashe, at Doheny Room on October 13, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Getty Images for NYLON)

THS IS US — ‘Pilgrim Rick’ Episode 108 — Pictured: Chrissy Metz as Kate — (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Actress Chrissy Metz visits Hollywood Today Live at W Hollywood on September 30, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – OCTOBER 13: Actor Tahj Mowry (L) and actress Chrissy Metz attend NYLON Nights Los Angeles, in celebration of the October It Girl issue hosted by cover star Tinashe, at Doheny Room on October 13, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Getty Images for NYLON)

THIS IS US — ‘The Best Washing Machine in the Whole World ‘ Episode 107 — Pictured: (l-r) Chrissy Metz as Kate, Chris Sullivan as Toby — (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – SEPTEMBER 24: Actors Chrissy Metz (L) and Kendrick Sampson pose for portrait at her 36th Birthday Party at The Study on September 24, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)

THIS IS US — ‘The Best Washing Machine in the Whole World ‘ Episode 107 — Pictured: Chrissy Metz as Kate — (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Chrissy Metz visits ‘Extra’ at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 21, 2016 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 27: Chrissy Metz promotes her book ‘This is Me’ at Barnes & Noble Union Square on March 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA, PA – MARCH 26: Actress Chrissy Metz attends This Is Me book tour while promoting her memoir This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today at Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on March 26, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)

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Metz plays Kate Pearson on “This Is Us,” which is currently in its fourth season and has already been renewed for two more. The only daughter of Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca Pearson (Mandy Moore), Kate has struggled with weight her whole life and is continuing that fight this season as she also faces the challenges of being a new mother to a blind baby.

The actress said that she has faced her own challenges about her appearance. “I think it’s more about the behavior around what you’re doing,” Metz said. “And it could be social media, gambling, sex, drinking, food — it could be anything, fill in the blank — how is my behavior around that and how do I want to change that behavior? Because it’s the stinking thinking of obsessing about something. So for me, I’m like, am I eating for my health, or is there something really going on? And whether I lose weight or I don’t, I don’t really hold on to a number. I don’t think that’s important, ’cause who’s to say what?”

“People are like, ‘Wait, what? You got your blood work done and you have like great, perfect cholesterol? Like, it doesn’t make sense. I’m like, ‘I want you to know it’s real,’” she continued. “Like, contrary to popular belief or what we’re told about what looks healthy or what doesn’t look healthy.”

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THIS IS US — ‘Her’ Episode 318 — Pictured: (l-r) Chrissy Metz as Kate, Chris Sullivan as Toby — (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

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Metz said she also thinks those who struggle with their weight have a different battle than those facing addictions to drugs, alcohol or smoking, which are “sort of glamorized” in popular culture. “Like, oh she’s sexy. But if she’s overweight, she’s like sitting in the corner like a lonely sad girl. And you’re like, that’s not actually true,” she said. “And people don’t know people’s medical history. So I think there’s so many ways and I think it’s important for every individual to determine what makes them happy and how to get to that.”

For herself, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a day-by-day challenge. “Some days I’m like, ‘Oh, I’m definitely eating my feelings.’ And then some days I’m like, ‘Yeah, when my heart is full, I’m not hungry.’ Right, so there’s those kinds of thoughts, like, ‘Oh, what is the psychology behind it?’ So, I don’t know. Do I wanna take care of my body and live a healthy life? Absolutely. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t do it at an unconventional size.”

Prior to her sit down with Waxman, Metz kicked off TheWrap’s Power Women Summit Thursday night with a live performance of the original song “I’m Standing With You,” accompanied by Diane Warren on guitar. The song was written by Warren for the feature film “Breakthrough,” which starred Metz.

WrapWomen’s Power Women Summit, Held at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica Oct. 24-25, brings together 1,500 of the most influential women from the entertainment, media and technology industries, making it the largest gathering of its kind. With the theme of “Toward 50/50,” the event highlights women of achievement, encourages discussion on topics of impact and creates a lasting community of powerful women. The summit will provide two days of education, mentorship, workshops and networking.

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