Christine Michelle Metz (born September 29, 1980) is an American actress and singer. She is known for playing Kate Pearson in the NBC drama This Is Us, for which she has earned Best Supporting Actress nominations at the Primetime Emmy Awards (2017) and Golden Globe Awards (2017 and 2018). Metz was born to Denise and Mark Metz and raised in Homestead, Florida. She spent her formative years in Japan, where her father, Mark Metz, was stationed with the United States Navy. The family later moved back to Gainesville, Florida, where she attended elementary, middle, and high school. She grew up with her mother, stepfather, two siblings, and two half-siblings.