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Chrissy Metz is breaking boundaries and touching hearts as Kate on NBC’s This Is Us, and her personal journey with weight loss and gain is equally as moving.

The Florida native opened up to People about her ongoing struggle with her weight, which began at a very young age. She explained that she knows the pain her on-screen 8-year-old self (as seen in flashbacks by Mackenzie Hancsisak) felt, because she has always had ups and downs with her body image.

The 36-year-old actress, is now at a point in her life where she can reflect on her past weight struggles because she is confident in who she is and where she came from.

Metz also opened up about her childhood and how she was bullied for her size. She explained that she would be physically active as a kid, but always fell back into unhealthy patterns, like not eating and then eventually binge eating because she was so hungry. When she turned 30 however that all changed, because Metz’s mindset about her body and what she looked like changed for the better.

She revealed that she went on “a bit of a spiritual journey,” which led her to discover that she needed to put aside what other people thought about her and her size.

Metz is now on the successful drama This Is Us and her character’s weight journey and decision to better her life for herself is touching and empowering, as is her real-life revelation.

You go girl!