Says Chrissy Metz, "Fat people do have sex, for the record"

By Lanford Beard
March 14, 2017 10:15 PM
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Chrissy Metz has been a voice for many This Is Us fans during her time playing Kate Pearson, and now that season 1 has concluded, she has one more question about Kate’s relationship with Chris Sullivan‘s Toby: “When are they going to have sex, guys? On screen.”

Urging for more steamy scenes between the two characters, who are both plus-size, the 36-year-old actress continues, “I want it on screen — I guess it’ll offend people, still. But fat people do have sex, for the record.”

Metz, who struggled with years of dieting and depression before landing the Golden Globe-nominated role on This Is Us, has been a vocal advocate for body positivity, authenticity and self-confidence since taking a career-defining role on the NBC drama.

“You have to use what you have,” she told PEOPLE exclusively in February, “and I wouldn’t have this role if I had already lost weight. Now it’s about telling a story of a woman struggling with her weight, just as I have and still am.”

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But one area where Metz has rarely faced down self-doubt has been in the romance department. In fact, she met her current boyfriend, 40-year-old cameraman Josh Stancil, on the set of the freshman series and broke the ice by teasing him about how he was inhaling his lunch.

“Before I even know it, I called out, ‘You better slow down or you’re going to choke on your food.’ I am typically a little more charismatic than that, I swear,” she joked with Marie Claire recently. The relationship, she admits, was “very unexpected. My priority was my job and I was not trying to blow my big shot.”

“He’s very mature,” Metz told PEOPLE in February. “He couldn’t be more understanding [of my lifestyle right now].”

And if Metz gets her wish, her real-life Toby just might have to avert his eyes a little while longer when This Is Us returns to NBC this fall.