There's a new film coming out on April 17, and fans of "This Is Us" are going to love it.
Chrissy Metz, who stars as Kate on the hit show, told Faith Family America all about her new movie "Breakthrough" in an exclusive in-person interview. In the film, which is based on a true story, Metz plays Joyce Smith, whose son comes back to life after being dead for an hour.
She says the movie and the show share strong themes of faith and community.
"There's such a strong sense of community and family and that none of us are perfect and we're all trying to figure it all out," shared Metz. "There's a lot of similarities in that way. It's an emotional roller coaster of a film because it's a true story. So many of the stories that are written in 'This Is Us' are from our writers who have experienced these things."
In the film, tragedy strikes for Joyce Smith and her husband (Josh Lucas, "Sweet Home Alabama") when their adopted son John (Marcel Ruiz) falls through the ice into a cold Missouri lake. All hope seems lost for the boy after his heart stops beating, but Joyce refuses to give up on her son—praying fervently for a miracle when all hope seems lost.
In the interview, Chrissy also revealed how much of an honor it was to play Joyce Smith. She felt drawn to Joyce because she was a complicated woman of faith.
"It was an honor to portray a real woman who has her own issues and her own things that she has yet to overcome whether it's trying to control a situation because this is what she wants or convincing John that he is purposeful," shared Metz.
Metz also 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.
Metz revealed, "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."
"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 was shocked to see Joyce's character say almost the exact thing she said to doctors in real life. 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 star revealed it was harder to play Joyce Smith than playing Kate in "This is Us." The was partly because of the time constraint. Metz has been playing Kate for three years, but the entirety of "Breakthrough" was filmed in 32 days.
"It was definitely a little more challenging," said Metz.
Metz added, "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."
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. The film will be in theaters on April 18.