Chrissy Metz, right, explains how being part of NBC’s ‘This Is Us’ has changed her life during a Television Critics Association panel Saturday. Chris Sullivan, who plays her husband, Toby, is at the left. (Photo: Chris Pizzello, Invision/AP)

PASADENA, Calif. – How has “This Is Us” changed your life?

As Chrissy Metz contemplated a thoughtful answer to the question at the Television Critics Association Saturday, castmate Justin Hartley beat her to the punch.  

“Chrissy got a Tesla!” Hartley chirped in brotherly snark, which is only fitting because the pair play siblings Kate and Kevin Pearson on NBC’s critical and ratings hit (Tuesday, 9 EST/PST).

As the critics laughed and Hartley’s truthful comment about the money that comes with TV success sunk in, Chris Sullivan, who plays Kate’s husband, Toby, chimed in: “I got a Subaru.”

When the car talk ended, Metz said “This Is Us,” in which Kate pursued a singing career, got married, had a miscarriage and gave birth over three-plus seasons, has created the opportunity “to portray a character that is so important not only to a television network but to life. (We’ve) never seen a plus-sized woman and her highs and lows and in between, fertility issues and trying to conceive.”

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She continued: “I never thought I would ever have the ability to do (such a role) and I get to do this in a raw, scary, sometimes what-am-I-doing, can-I-do-this way. It’s changed me as a person, as a daughter, as a friend.”

And, apparently, as a car owner, too.


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