If you鈥檙e turning into This Is Us every Tuesday night (as you rightfully should: Season two聽is coming and it looks AMAZING), you know (and probably love) breakout star Chrissy Metz, who plays Kate. And, while her onscreen character has been known to play with a trend or two, the actress recently stepped outside of her comfort zone for a pin-up shoot for Harper鈥檚 Bazaar.

鈥淲hen I first heard Harper鈥檚 Bazaar wanted me to be sexy, I was like, 鈥榃ho, me?鈥 I knew y鈥檃ll were edgy but this is incredible 鈥 it鈥檚 validation,鈥 she shared. While Metz, who shared the shoot via her Instagram, experienced nerves at the idea initially, she was quick to overcome it. 鈥淚 can get into this now because I finally have the confidence,鈥 she said.

SANTA MONICA, CA - DECEMBER 11: Actress Chrissy Metz attends The 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on December 11, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

While having a fashion editorial under her belt is a major milestone for any star, Metz has been cementing her style status on red carpets all awards season long. She donned an eye-catching floor-length sheer maxi to the Critics鈥 Choice Awards, which she complemented with tousled waves and glam girl makeup.

She largely credits her stylist, Jordan Grossman (also known for dressing Halsey, Taryn Manning, and Sofia Richie, to name a few), for helping her find her look. 鈥淪he knows what works on me,鈥 Metz told the mag. 鈥淪he鈥檚 given me permission to try different things.鈥

And the best sign that girlfriend is fast on her way to being a style icon? She doesn鈥檛 take fashion (or herself) too seriously. 鈥淚f I ever end up on the worst-dressed list, it鈥檚 not going to make me fall apart,鈥 she said. 鈥淚 want to look great and feel good and be comfortable, but at the same time, none of this really matters. This is the fun part.鈥

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What DOES matter to Metz is making sure she鈥檚 able to serve as inspiration for the plus-size viewers that watch Kate struggle with weight on the weekly. After all, as the 36-year-old tells it, 鈥淚f you can鈥檛 love who you are now, you can鈥檛 get to the place you want to be 鈥 I鈥檓 paving the way for other women and men who know they鈥檙e destined for greatness but don鈥檛 believe it yet.鈥

Metz went on to encourage her fellow females, saying, 鈥淎ll of our roads are paved differently. How amazing that we get to share our bumps and detours with one another. We teach the lessons and oftentimes we are the lesson. We learn from them because we are also the students. We are beautiful works in progress and that鈥檚 more than enough. Start there.鈥

What do you think of Metz鈥檚 sexy retro-look? Tell us over @BritandCo.

(Photos via Joe Scarnici, Frazer Harrison, Frederick M. Brown/Getty)