Before Chrissy Metz was making our mascara run every Tuesday as Kate on This Is Us, believe it or not, she worked on the other side of the industry as a talent agent. (Gasp!) But that’s not all. One of her clients happened to be someone very close to home. Need a clue? It’s one of her fellow Pearsons. OK, another clue: Metz and this actress’s character share a first name and singing voice...
Yep, Metz represented her own character’s teenage self, Hannah Zeile!
Metz blew our mind when she said, “I actually used to represent [Hannah] when I was an agent. It’s full circle. Life is so crazy. I’ve been a fan of hers as long as I’ve known her…It was just so perfect. She plays that angsty, sarcastic, funny teenager so well.”
But Metz didn’t just represent Zeile, they also struck a friendship. “I just love her as a person. We’re friends. I’m so grateful to have that, because so much of younger Kate informs the adult. We get to play into each other in so many ways, but it’s also still her character, her choices. It’s so great to see her thrive in this character and do it with such nuanced and interesting and subtle performances.”
You never cease to amaze us, Pearsons.