“This Is Us” Star, Chrissy Metz, Only Had 81 Cents When She Landed the Role

“This Is Us” star, Chrissy Metz, was a Golden Globes nominee this year, but not so long ago she was crashing on friends’ couches and struggling to afford a meal.

The 36-year-old actress told Glamour magazine that she was broke just a year ago, while still trying to make it in Hollywood. 

She said she had trouble landing gigs, but her mother encouraged her to stay in Los Angeles and pursue her dreams. 

She explained, “I kept auditioning, with no savings and no money, credit card debt gaining interest. I went on unemployment. I bought ramen noodles at dollar stores. I never had to — God forbid — live on the streets; I moved in with a roommate who told me, “Stay with me until you can afford rent. Don’t give up.”

She said her friends who would cook her meals and rehearse with her, and said, “I am so grateful that I had such an amazing support system, but when I booked This Is Us, I had 81 cents in my bank account. I could cry right now just thinking about it.”

The Florida native says she’s still living fairly modestly, despite her success. 

She said, “You may think, ‘Ooh, you’re on TV, you’re a millionaire!’ No. It’s definitely a lot more than I was making, but I still live with my roommate — though I pay my proper share of the rent now. Meeting my car payment on time? That’s new. I paid my friends and my stepdad back. And three months ago I finally paid my credit cards off!”

Source: People Magazine 

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