‘This Is Us’ Star Chrissy Metz Just Penned A Raw Essay About Her Mom’s Major Stroke

This Is Us star Chrissy Metz didn’t learn how to stay strong amidst family tragedy from any acting class. She learned the hard way—through life.

In a new interview with Christian magazine Guideposts, the actress who plays the beloved Kate Pearson, opened up about her mom’s stroke, which happened shortly before Chrissy’s appearance at the 2017 Emmy Awards.

“I’d been nominated for best supporting actress in a drama series and convinced Mom that she had to come out to Hollywood to be my date for the red carpet. But one August morning back in Gainesville, Florida, where I’d grown up, she’d just come home from getting her hair done—prepping for the awards—and fell outside her car. An ambulance rushed her to the hospital. She’d had a massive stroke, two major clots in her carotid artery,” she said.

Chrissy took the first flight she could get out of L.A. to be with her mom and the rest of her family at the hospital. “I could be there for only 36 hours—I had to get back to shoot another episode of This Is Us—but I was joined by my brother and three sisters, all of us gathering around Mom, talking to her, praying.”

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The sight must have been similar to the inspiring huddle that This Is Us fans see week after week between Chrissy and her onscreen siblings. “A friend of Mom’s dropped by and took in the scene,” Chrissy recalled in her interview. “‘I cannot tell you, she said, ‘how much the energy and light of Jesus is in your mom’s room. There is so much love here.'”

This isn’t the first time Chrissy’s talked about her Christian faith. She told the Christian Broadcast Network that, “I know that the only person that shows up for me time and time again, is God, and is that higher power that’s greater than myself. So I have to honor that. Not because I have to, because I want to, even though people might think it’s the uncool thing to do. For me, there’s no question about it.”

Check out more of Chrissy Metz’s emotional journey:

Chrissy’s mom didn’t get well enough to walk down the Emmy’s red carpet, but she did make a strong recovery: “After three weeks, she was in rehab, walking so fast that the aides had to tell her, ‘Slow down!'” And now she’s living back at home, “spending time with her children and grandchildren, entertaining us all and imparting her motherly wisdom,” Chrissy said. (Sounds a lot like Rebecca Pearson, no?)

This Is Us returns tonight after a short break (that weirdly felt like forever) before the season-three finale next Thursday. But if you love Chrissy, don’t miss her first-ever feature film, Breakthrough—where she plays, fittingly, a resilient mom who nearly loses her son in a drowning accident (based on a true story)—this Easter.

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