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Which 2-Time Emmy Nominee Was 'Obsessed' with This Is Us' Chrissy Metz Before They Became BFFs?

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Chrissy Metz is finding that her most glittering fans are also become fast friends.

Actress Niecy Nash tells PEOPLE Now she and the This Is Us breakout star have developed a friendship after Nash secretly admired her “from afar.”

“I met her on a red carpet and I knew that was my friend,” says Nash, 47. “I just walked up to her and I’m like, ‘Oh my god, I’m obsessed,’ and she was like, ‘No, I’m obsessed.’ ”

Though Metz, 36, is getting more accustomed to having famous devotees, she did previously tell PEOPLE of run-ins when she’s the one receiving praise from A-listers she’s long respected: “I can’t really wrap my head around it.”

Nash, who is currently bringing her well-manicured nails to TNT’s Claws, says she and Metz “couldn’t be more obsessed” with each other — in fact, they’ve become regular texting buddies and a two-person cheerleading squad.

According the two-time Emmy-nominated star of Getting On, she told Golden Globe nominee Metz about the oncoming awards season: “Hey girl, hey. I’m checking on you. I’m waiting for you to win tons of awards this season.”