Chrissy Metz: A day in my life

This is how it’s done. Actress Chrissy Metz invited Us Weekly to tag along for a whirlwind 24 hours!

4 a.m. Positive Start
In a Birmingham, Alabama, hotel room April 4, the This Is Us star’s alarm blares an Adele hit. “That way I’m not angry in the morning,” says Metz, 37. “It’s really early, though. It’s basically the middle of the night, let’s be real!” Before getting out of bed to kick off another leg of her This Is Me book tour, she goes over her gratitude list: “I say what I’m thankful for and how I want the day to go.”

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5 a.m. Fresh Face
Since her hair air-dried overnight, best friend and travel companion Donnie Berry styles her locks quickly. Then it’s makeup time. (Essentials include mascara, brow gel and a pink lip.) “I don’t want to throw on a full face,” she says of her 45-minute routine. Next stop: Minnesota! Well, the airport.

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11:30 a.m. Country Queen
Mid-flight, she rocks out to her current obsessions Kacey Musgraves and Chris Stapleton. “I’ve been traveling so frequently lately that I’m not an anxious flyer.” Finally touching down in Minneapolis — there was a brief layover in Chicago — she heads to their hotel, where she orders a turkey burger and caesar salad from room service. Now, time for some shut-eye: “I’m becoming a napper. I try to get one most days, but it doesn’t always happen.”

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4:30 p.m. Pinch Me
While she’s in the shower, Berry runs into the bathroom with news. “He’s like, ‘Chrissy, you need to come here!’ I get out, but I’m sopping wet.” With her entire team on the phone — “that means it’s either great news or not so great” — she learns her memoir is No. 1 on The New York Times bestseller list. “I’m like, ‘Yay! I have to go wash the conditioner out of my hair!’ It hasn’t sunk in yet and it probably won’t.”

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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 08: Actress Chrissy Metz signs copies of her new book 'This Is Me' at Barnes & Noble at The Grove on April 8, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 31: Chrissy Metz poses during a signing book event of her new book 'This Is Me: Loving The Person You Are Today' at Barnes & Noble Colonial Plaza on March 31, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 26: Actress Chrissy Metz attends This Is Me book tour while promoting her memoir This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today at Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on March 26, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actress Chrissy Metz speaks at Glamour Women Of The Year 2016 LIVE Summit at NeueHouse Hollywood on November 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Glamour)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Chrissy Metz attends the Glamour Celebrates 2016 Women Of The Year Awards - Arrivals at NeueHouse Hollywood on November 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Actress Chrissy Metz attends the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Chrissy Metz arrives at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 11: Actress Chrissy Metz attends the 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Actor Chrissy Metz attends The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Actress Chrissy Metz arrives at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and InStyle celebrate the 2017 Golden Globe Award Season at Catch LA on November 10, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 14: (L-R) Actress Chrissy Metz, comedian Erin Gibson, Founder & Executive Director Safe Hands for Girls, Jaha Dukureh, and Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad pose backstage at Glamour Women Of The Year 2016 LIVE Summit at NeueHouse Hollywood on November 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/Getty Images for Glamour)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 05: Chrissy Metz arrives at the 18th Annual AFI Awards on January 5, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Actress Chrissy Metz attends the NBC and Vanity Fair Toast the 2016-2017 TV Season, in Hollywood, California, on November 2, 2016. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 30: Actress Chrissy Metz attends Entertainment Weekly's Popfest at The Reef on October 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 30: (L-R) Actors Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley pose backstage during the 'This Is Us' panel at Entertainment Weekly's PopFest at The Reef on October 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 30: Actress Chrissy Metz speaks onstage during the 'This Is Us' panel at Entertainment Weekly's PopFest at The Reef on October 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)
CULVER CITY, CA - OCTOBER 23: Actress Chrissy Metz attends the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation 'A Time For Heroes' family festival at Smashbox Studios on October 23, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Tasia Wells/Getty Images for Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation )
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 13: Actress Chrissy Metz attends NYLON Nights Los Angeles, in celebration of the October It Girl issue hosted by cover star Tinashe, at Doheny Room on October 13, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Getty Images for NYLON)
THS IS US -- 'Pilgrim Rick' Episode 108 -- Pictured: Chrissy Metz as Kate -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: Actress Chrissy Metz visits Hollywood Today Live at W Hollywood on September 30, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 13: Actor Tahj Mowry (L) and actress Chrissy Metz attend NYLON Nights Los Angeles, in celebration of the October It Girl issue hosted by cover star Tinashe, at Doheny Room on October 13, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Getty Images for NYLON)
THIS IS US -- 'The Best Washing Machine in the Whole World ' Episode 107 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chrissy Metz as Kate, Chris Sullivan as Toby -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Actors Chrissy Metz (L) and Kendrick Sampson pose for portrait at her 36th Birthday Party at The Study on September 24, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)
THIS IS US -- 'The Best Washing Machine in the Whole World ' Episode 107 -- Pictured: Chrissy Metz as Kate -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Chrissy Metz visits 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 21, 2016 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 27: Chrissy Metz promotes her book 'This is Me' at Barnes & Noble Union Square on March 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 26: Actress Chrissy Metz attends This Is Me book tour while promoting her memoir This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today at Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on March 26, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
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7 p.m. Slowing Down
At the University of St. Thomas she gives a speech, then sits down with a psychologist for a discussion. “I don’t get stage fright, but I tend to talk quickly. It’s nerves. I just try to breathe because I will seriously go so quickly nobody will know what the heck I’m saying. I’m excited!”

10 p.m. Tear Up
After, she she signs copies of her books. Don’t worry, her hand doesn’t cramp, but her cheeks do ache from smiling. “A teacher who works with kids with disabilities asked me what advice I could give her kids about self-esteem and how to love ourselves. It was an emotional moment. I typically carry tissues.” Back at the hotel by 10:30 p.m., she crawls into bed. “I have to be up early to catch another flight!”

Metz’s memoir This Is Me is on bookshelves now. 

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