Does ‘This Is Us’ make Chrissy Metz want her own children?

Over the past three years, Chrissy Metz’s life has drastically changed. However, it didn’t hit her just how enormous the This Is Us audience was until she was grocery shopping.

“It was probably not until either the third or fourth episode of the first season where people started to notice me at the grocery store and share their deepest, darkest secrets with me – just a girl who has her own deep, dark secrets but happens to be on a TV show now,” Metz, 38, said on this week’s “Watch With Us” podcast. “That’s what I always try to tell people: ‘I’m a regular girl, I just have a different job. I relate to you, I understand you, and I end up crying with you in the chip aisle at the grocery store.’ It was probably around that time that I noticed that, ‘Oh, I’m not just a part of a television show, but part of something that is like a movement.’”

However, it’s a good change for the Emmy nominee, who now has the opportunities to fulfill her other dreams such as writing a book, writing music and voice acting. In fact, she’s voicing Mei Mei in the upcoming DreamWorksTV series Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny, premiering on November 16. Mei Mei is flamboyant and has a confidence about her that “we are all deserving of,” Metz said.

While the singer, who recently got to cover Adele on the NBC drama, always figured she’d lean toward creating laughs for audiences – “I thought comedy was gonna be my thing” – she’s now found her place as Kate Pearson, and finds herself learning from the character each time she receives a new script.

Her current story line is very baby heavy as Kate struggling to get pregnant via IVF. Metz learned a lot about the process and what families go through trying to have children.

“What I love is that they touch on this feeling of inadequacy because you feel, like, ‘Oh, I’m a woman who can’t have a baby naturally and I have to do this and I have to do that.’ But sometimes, that’s just the case and it’s not personal and you’re not broken. I think a really important message to convey is that it might not be a conventional way to start a family, but it’s a possible way and I know people whose lives have been completely changed for the better because of it,” she said. “I think as a woman, you can feel like if you can’t have children, like, what’s your purpose? But not everybody is, of course, intended to have children. That’s why adoption’s also a story line in this show, and fostering. There’s so many other ways that you can be a parent. But it’s not because you’re broken or inadequate, but just some different journeys.”

However, that doesn’t mean Metz is ready to become a mother in real life just yet.

I have a huge family and I taught preschool. I love children and they are the funniest, most magnificent creatures,” she told Us. “But I can’t even keep a succulent alive, so I’m concerned that should these thoughts and desires come about, that whether I do it conventionally or unconventionally, who knows? I just feel like a baby myself. I need to nurture myself first before I could do that to another human being.”

Listen to Metz’ entire interview and get more exclusive TV scoop on “Watch With Us” podcast.

This Is Us airs on NBC Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET.

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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 24: Actor Chrissy Metz attends The Paley Center for Media's 2019 PaleyFest LA 'This Is Us' at Dolby Theatre on March 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/WireImage)
ST LOUIS, MISSOURI - MARCH 20: Actress Chrissy Metz attends the premiere of 'Breakthrough' at the Marcus Des Peres Cinema on March 20, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images for 21st Century FOX and Breakthrough movie)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 14: Actress Chrissy Metz attends the 'Breakthrough' VIP Reception at Table 3 on March 14, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for 20th Century Fox)
Actor Chrissy Metz from the NBC series "This is us" poses at the NBCUniversal UpFront presentation in New York City, New York, U.S., May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar
STUDIO CITY, CA - JUNE 14: Actress Chrissy Metz visits 'The IMDb Show' on June 14, 2018 in Studio City, California. This episode of 'The IMDb Show' airs on June 28, 2018. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 17: Actress Chrissy Metz is seen walking in midtown on July 17, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
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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