Chrissy Metz from "This is Us" stars in a new movie—out Easter 2019—that you won't want to miss. Based on a true story, "Breakthrough" tells the heart-wrenching and inspiring story of one mother's steadfast faith and tireless love in the face of impossible odds. The film is the latest from Christian producer DeVon Franklin, who released "Miracles from Heaven" and the animated Christmas film "The Star."
Tragedy strikes for Joyce Smith (played by Metz) and her husband when their adopted son John falls through the ice into a cold Missouri lake. All hope seems lost for the boy after he loses his pulse, but Joyce refuses to give up on her son—praying fervently for a miracle when all hope seems lost.
Faith Family America spoke to Chrissy Metz about "Breakthrough." She revealed the amazing way that the film resonated with her and how she prepared for the challenging role.
Metz said she was drawn to the script because she'd had a similar experience last year when her mother had a stroke. Doctors told Metz's family that her mother would never be the same again.
"My mom went through a stroke last year and there were doctors who were giving us all sorts of prognosis from what they knew—but they don't know my mom," said Metz, who in addition to her role as Kate on "This Is Us" is also known for "Sierra Burgess is a Loser" and "American Horror Story."
"So when they said she wasn't going to be able to do many of the things that she's doing now, I had to disagree with them and say, 'I believe otherwise,'" added Metz.
When the actress read the script, she saw her experience in Joyce. In the film—and in real life—Joyce insists to the doctors that they don't know her son John, and they should continue working as hard as possible to save him instead of giving up.
"Joyce says almost those exact words to her son's doctors. Because she was bolstered in her faith and her prayers, she was bold enough to say, 'Nope. You think one thing and I think another, and I know that he's going to make it out of this.' I really related to that because of the things that happened with my mom."
Because she could relate to Joyce, Metz says she felt called to play the emotional role.
"I could relate to it, and I felt like I needed to be a part of that story," said Metz.
However, the 38-year-old actress revealed that she felt more pressure playing Joyce Smith than she felt playing a purely fictional character. She worked with "Passion of The Christ" actor Jim Caviezel's acting coach, John Kirby, to help her stay present in the moment and empathize with Joyce so that she could do her character justice.
"There were times where whether I was watching the scene from the monitor or walking into a scene, I was reminded that this isn't just a role that somebody wrote. This is someone's life and these are the exact experiences that this family went through," shared Metz.
That awareness is part of what made the character so moving for Metz. She says she wanted to show the audience the humanity and strength of this woman.
"I had to be strong and strong-willed and flawed too because she's a human being, and we're not perfect. You prepare to play a real person as you would prepare for any other role, but there's a little more pressure," added Metz.
She also revealed that she was touched by Joyce's unwavering faith, and she thinks others will be too. That's one of the many reasons to see this movie when it comes out.
"This mother knew within her soul that her son was going to make it out of this. Her unwavering belief is inspirational because it's really easy to give up. I think she's going to show so many people that it's possible. That with unwavering faith, anything is possible and miracles really do happen."
Watch the trailer for "Breakthrough" below.
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