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Jan 04, 2019 by Alyssa Duvall

"Breakthrough" Star Chrissy Metz Loves God And Doesn't Care If It's "Uncool"

For Chrissy Metz, star of This Is Us and Breakthrough, her Christian faith and love for God trump everything, and she doesn't care if that makes her "uncool" in Hollywood. In an interview with The Christian Post, Metz treated readers to some special insight into her take on Breakthrough, her life, and her faith.

"When I was given the gift of even reading the script [for Breakthrough], I was so moved by it, because we're all looking for something greater than ourselves, and we're all trying to figure it out, and do the best we can in the process,” Metz told CP. “I've had some hardships myself, obviously, not to this degree but things that were really trying. And the only thing that sort of kept me going was my faith.”

"Sometimes it's that complete surrender, where we see that miracles happen. It’s so moving,” Metz said of Joyce Smith, the real-life prayer warrior she plays in the film.

“There's times where you really feel like, it's never going to get better, you're down and out and we get in our heads and we build this fear around something that the only person, or the only thing that can subside that, is our faith in God. I know that from a personal plight of my life,” she added.

In spite of increasing hostility toward Christianity in today's culture, Metz offers no apologies for her faith in God. “It is hard I think, now, to just be really vocal about your faith, or what you believe in because people want to think ‘it's not cool,’ but I'm like, I don't care!"

"I have to do what I have to do for me, and I know that the only person that shows up for me time and time again, is God, and is that higher power that's greater than myself," she continued. "So I have to honor that. Not because I have to, because I want to, even though people might think it's the uncool thing to do. For me, there's no question about it."

“I know it can be a challenge because the whole problem is that we all want to fit in, we want to be liked and validated,” Metz said, noting that as a rising star in Hollywood she hadn't been quite so vocal about her faith before. “So when we're different, we feel it, but I think that when people are strong in their convictions, it can really persuade people to think differently just as [Breakthrough is] going to do.”

Metz concluded with the hope that audiences who get to witness the retelling of the Smith family's miracle in Breakthrough will be exposed to a side of Christianity they may not have encountered before: “There's no question that something miraculous happened, nobody can explain how our why. And so what it's going to do, much like ‘This Is Us,’ is open up people's hearts and their minds to something different, and a different perspective.”



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