Hollywood has been known to utilize prosthetics as part of movie (and TV) magic — but never has a prosthetic come under fire the way it has for Chris Sullivan, who is best known for
wearing a fat suit playing Toby on This Is Us.
The actor, 36, plays the love interest to Chrissy Metz’s character Kate — and weight is a pivotal part of their storyline, as the two met in a support group for people struggling to lose weight, and much of the season 1 plot follows their journey to lose weight together.
So, as you can imagine, there was significant backlash when it was revealed that he was in fact wearing a fat suit to play the lovable character on the hit NBC drama. Even Chrissy chimed in, defending her co-star and his casting.
“We tested a lot of gentlemen who were bigger, and I get it — people think the authenticity is kind of ruined by that,” she said on Watch What Happens Live. “But Chris has been heavier, so I think he understands the plight of being overweight. People wear prosthetics all the time — it’s just weight as opposed to, like, a nose or a chin. It’s just kind of the name of the game.”
So what does Chris look like when he’s not playing Toby? Check out the pics in the gallery to find out!