After last week'sThis Is Usfinale,all signs pointed toa new direction for Kate Pearsonas she looks to start a career in music.("We're going to [have Kate] do a lot of singing next season," writer and season two co-showrunner Elizabeth Berger recently said."We're excited to explore this part of her because she has a beautiful voice.") It was a decision thatwe applauded,especially because it shows that there's more to Kate than her weight-loss journey or her relationship with Toby.
But while it's important that Kate's struggle with body image isn't herentirestoryline,it would also miss an opportunity to continue to build momentum on something that many of us identify with on various levels.Chrissy Metz agrees."I think Kate's journey brings courage and awareness to plus-size individuals and to weight gain,weight loss,and how they both coincide or how people decide to do it or don't do it,"MetztoldGlamourat Paleyfest.Yes,there will be a bigger focus on Kate's career in season two,but Metz feels both stories need to be told."I know people had been asking if there was going to be an additional storyline aside from the weight-loss journey,and I think that just like in life,it coincides.That's the tricky part.How do I lose weight and put myself first and balance everything while I'm pursuing my heart's desires?I can't wait to see that play out because I know it's going to be interesting."
Metz adds: "I think that it would be great if Kate had this epiphany…deep down she knows that she's special and that she's wonderful.It's just that missing component.The physical aspect with the mental and emotional have to come together,but she has to get over all of the things that she's been really stuffing—truly stuffing—for the past 36 years.I kind of don't want her to figure it out right away."
As for Kate's burgeoning career in music,Metz doesn't know how that's going to look quite yet.("Will she tour?Will she do coffee shops?Who knows?") Metz's on-screen mom and costar,Mandy Moore,is down for anything,as long as it involves working with her TV daughter."I'll slap on those prosthetics in two seconds," Moore jokes of Rebecca in the present day."Anything to sing with Chrissy!"
It's a relationship that both Moore and Metz hope to see expand in season two."Chrissy knows who she is,she's comfortable in her skin,she's very decisive," Moore told us."Kate is really funny and warm,but Chrissy is,I think,十倍。”