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‘This Is Us’: Chrissy Metz Breaks Down Kate’s ‘Closure’ After Abortion Reveal & Trust Issues With Ellie



Chrissy Metz

HollywoodLife spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Chrissy Metz about Kate’s abortion, Kate finally confronting Marc, what the reveal means for Kate and Toby’s relationship, and more.

This Is Us peeled back an important and defining layer of Kate’s past during the Jan. 5 episode. Kate revealed to Toby that she had an abortion 20 years earlier and finally confronted her abusive ex-boyfriend, Marc. HollywoodLife talked EXCLUSIVELY with Chrissy Metz about whether Kate’s final conversation with Marc was the closure she needed to fully move forward with her life.

“I think that she’s gotten the majority of the closure for sure,” Chrissy told HollywoodLife. “Nothing is simple. Nothing is cut and dry. It’s always layered, and you peel back the layers. Once you’ve gotten that layer down, you’re like, there’s this and there’s that. I think that she has peeled back a massive, significant layer of pain and sorrow and secrecy that she’s been keeping. I think that so much of that is really fueling the confrontation with Marc because she’s wanted to say these things for a very long time, and she’s been holding on to them for a very, very long time. Now that she has gone through the pain and the shame and the guilt about her father’s death,  she fell in love, and she’s a mother, I think she’s stronger. I think while she continues to create self-esteem, she’s stronger and more powerful in her own body, but I think that there are more layers, of course, to uncover.”

Kate revealed to Toby that she had an abortion. (NBC)

During the flashback portion of the episode, teen Kate goes to see Marc before having her abortion. As she prepared to tell him she was pregnant, Marc’s true colors came out once again. Marc’s controlling and manipulative tendencies were right in front of Kate, and she walked right out of his apartment before the abuse could continue. HollywoodLife asked Chrissy whether or not there was any part of Kate that was considering keeping the baby when she went to see Marc.

“If she really knew [what she was going to do], she wouldn’t have gone,” Chrissy continued. “I think that she always had hope, as we always do, we have hope that a person’s not really who they are showing us who they are. He was just so incredibly self-centered. It was all about how he was feeling and being manipulative and all those things. So I definitely think that she, for a moment, thought that if he acts differently then maybe this could work, maybe she’d change her mind, or maybe this could be a wonderful experience.”

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Kate has yet to tell her mother about having an abortion. (NBC)

Kate told Toby about her experience, but she never told her mother. Chrissy revealed why she thinks Kate never has. “I don’t think she told her because she always feels like she has to prove herself to her mom,” Chrissy explained. “I think she always feels like she disappoints her mom. Whether that to be true or not, that is Kate’s perception because I’m sure Rebecca would accept her decisions with open arms. Whether she agrees with the decisions or not, I think that Rebecca would love her through it. I hope that she eventually tells her. I think that, especially because of the health issues that Rebecca is handling right now, she might not think it’s the right time. So it’s really hard to say if she will.”

Toby was shocked by Kate’s reveal, but he supported her as she got the closure she needed. So, what’s next for Katoby, and will this secret have repercussions for them? “It will continue to reveal itself and how and if it has affected their connection,” Chrissy teased. “I do think that it’s not the last that we’re going to hear of it. Only because I don’t think that while he’s pretty doggone perfect, I don’t think anybody could go through something like that and just have one conversation about it.”

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Kate is looking ahead to the future after confronting Marc. (NBC)

Kate and Toby have a lot on their plate, including adopting a second child. The couple met with a woman named Ellie and hope to adopt her baby. Chrissy hinted at Kate having trust issues with Ellie because of the situation with the baby. “There’s always the possibility of the birth mother keeping the child,” Chrissy told HollywoodLife. “There are different laws in different states. But I think that Kate and Ellie have a really interesting, budding friendship and connection. But I think they’re probably both afraid to get close to each other because of the system and the circumstance. But we’re going to definitely see what ends up panning out. Just like anything in life, we want to trust people, and we want to believe that they have our best interests at heart. But you just never know.” This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC.


‘Gossip Girl’ Fans Can’t Get Over How Penn Badgley’s ‘You’ Co-Star Looks Just Like Hilary Duff



Victoria Pedretti; Hilary Duff

Apparently Penn Badgley has a type! Twitter thinks his former ‘Gossip Girl’ lover, Hilary Duff, looks awfully similar to his ‘You’ wife, Victoria Pedretti.

Leave it to Twitter to come up with some wild Hollywood comparisons. In the week since You season 3 dropped on Netflix, fans have been tweeting that star Victoria Pedretti, 26, looks very similar to Hilary Duff, 34. And what makes this comparison even more noteworthy is that the two actresses have both been romantically involved on the small screen with none other than Penn Badgley, a.k.a Joe Goldberg in You, a.ka. Dan Humphrey in Gossip Girl. But let’s dive into these connections a little bit more, shall we?

Victoria Pedretti; Hilary Duff (Photo: Rob Latour/MediaPunch/Shutterstock)

So as any Gossip Girl fan knows, Penn, 34, rose to fame thanks to his performance in the hit teen drama. During season 3, he became romantically entangled with NYU beauty Olivia Burke, who is played by Hilary. The two had a brief, but memorable romance, which involved a threesome with Vanessa Abrams (Jessica Zhor). Hilary only played Olivia for six episodes before her storyline with Penn ended.

Now all these years later, Penn is back on the small screen as a psycho stalker-killer in Netflix’s hit You. Victoria was introduced in season 2 as Joe’s love interest, Love Quinn. The two develop a close bond (they’re both killers, after all!) and they get married and have a son once season 3 starts. Fans are now unapologetically comparing Victoria to Hilary in plenty of tweets, which is just hilarious considering their TV connection to Penn. Apparently this guy has a type when he’s at work!

On the screen, Penn clearly has a type. But his lover in real life is much different than either Victoria or Hilary, though not in a bad way! Penn married singer Domino Kirke, 37, in a super secret ceremony at a courthouse in Brooklyn, NY on February 27, 2017. When they tied the knot, Penn became a stepdad to Domino’s son Cassius, 12, whom she shares with ex Morgan O’Kane.

Penn and Domino later expanded their family when they welcomed their first child together, son James Badgley, in Aug. 2020. Penn has absolutely adored fatherhood, and he spends lots of time with his son. Except for when he’s killing as Joe Goldberg, of course.

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Angelina Jolie In ‘Super Isolation’ After COVID-19 Exposure At ‘Eternals’ Premiere She Attended With Kids



Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie brought along five of her six children to the Marvel event in Los Angeles, where she, along with several co-stars, were reportedly exposed to COVID.

Angelina Jolie, 46, was one of several people to reportedly be exposed to COVID-19 at Marvel’s Eternals premiere in Los Angeles on Oct. 18, according to Variety. The actress attended the star-studded event with five out of her six children — but now she is in “super isolation” along with co-stars Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan and Lauren Ridloff, as well as director Chloe Zhao. All five women had to miss the Elle’s “Women in Hollywood” event on Tuesday, where editor-in-chief Nina Garcia reportedly told the audience the the group was “just exposed, so to keep everyone safe those superheroes are now in super isolation.”

Angelina Jolie at the ‘Eternals’ premiere in Los Angeles on October 18, 2021 (Photo:Rob Latour/Shutterstock)

Disney also confirmed the possible exposures to Variety. A spokesperson said that while the premiere attendees have tested negative for COVID-19, the entire Eternals cast — which also includes Kit Harington, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani and more — will be “pivoting to virtual appearances rather than in-person events” to promote the new action film, which arrives in theaters on November 5.

It remains unclear how the cast members were exposed to COVID-19. It’s also unknown if guests at the event, including Angelina’s kids, are in isolation as well. The Maleficent star had brought along Maddox, 20, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 15, Vivienne, 13, and Knox, 13, to the big event. Only Pax, 17, did not attend the outing with his famous mother, who shares all six of the kids with ex Brad Pitt.

Angelina Jolie and her kids
Angelina Jolie and her kids at the ‘Eternals’ premiere on October 18, 2021 (Photo: Rob Latour/Shutterstock)

At the Eternals premiere, Angelina rocked a stunning, strapless brown draped Balmain Resort 2022 gown. She also wore a gold chin cuff that was fastened between the inside of her bottom lip and all the way around the bottom of her chin. She posed for many photos on the carpet with the five kids, as well as with her fellow castmates.

Angelina stars in the Marvel movie as Thena, a fierce warrior Eternal who can form any weapon out of cosmic energy. While the film isn’t out yet, reports have said that Harry Styles (!) appears as Eros — though this has yet to be confirmed by the heads of Marvel/Disney.

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Eros: 5 Things To Know About The Superhero Harry Styles Is Reportedly Playing In ‘Eternals’



Harry Styles

Eros is a Marvel character you may need to keep your eye on. Here are 5 key things to know about the superhero Harry Styles might be playing in ‘Eternals.’

Marvel fans are very curious to know if Harry Styles is coming to the MCU. The “Watermelon Sugar” singer is reportedly playing Eros in the upcoming movie Eternals, according to Variety. HollywoodLife has reached out to Disney and Harry’s team for comment. 

While the news has not been confirmed by the heads of Marvel/Disney, Eros is a fascinating character from the Marvel comics. In Greek philosophy, Eros is the god of love and sex. So, who exactly is Eros in the Marvel world? HollywoodLife has rounded up 5 key things about Eros.

Harry Styles at the ‘Dunkirk’ premiere. (Shutterstock)

1. Eros is Thanos’ brother.

“Eros grew up on Titan alongside his brother Thanos, embracing all the pleasures that life has to offer,” the character’s official Marvel bio reads. Every Marvel fan remembers Thanos, the supervillain who turned half the population to dust with the snap of his fingers after getting all of the Infinity Stones. Thanos was defeated in Avengers: Endgame, but his impact is still felt within the MCU.

2. Eros is an Eternal.

The Eternals are taking center stage in the upcoming movie. Eternals are god-like immortals created by the Celestials who have settled in various places around the universe. When it comes to Eros, the superhero can “harness cosmic energy for various purposes.” Eros also has “superhuman strength (Class 25), durability, metabolism, and regenerative powers,” according to Marvel’s bio.

He is “immune to terrestrial disease, he is practically immortal, and also ages far more slowly than most humanoids; he is over 1000 years old.” The character also has the “ability to stimulate the pleasure centers in other people’s brains, often emitted unconsciously, causing a euphoric effect.”

3. Eros later goes by Starfox.

In the comics, Eros eventually leaves Titan for Earth and joins the Avengers. He has teamed up with the Avengers, the Guardians, and the Dark Guardians against his brother Thanos. His name is eventually changed to Starfox when he becomes an Avenger.

4. Harry has been rumored to be playing Eros for a while.

Rumors have swirled for months that the Grammy winner may be joining the MCU. Kit Harington, who stars in Eternals as Dane Whitman, addressed the speculation on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in August 2021 and stayed tight-lipped, as usual. “I have no idea,” Kit said about the rumor. “Unless I’ve been recast and he’s playing my part, I have not a clue.”

The cast of ‘Eternals.’ (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/Marvel Studios/Everett)

When Jimmy asked if Kit and Harry did scenes separately, the Game of Thrones alum responded, “No comment.” He also added, “I hear he’s a great guy. Lovely chap, I think. I don’t know, I’ve never met the guy.”

5. Eros was first introduced in 1973.

Eros makes his first appearance in the Marvel comics in a February 1973 edition of Iron Man. The character was created by Jim Starlin.

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