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By Embry Roberts

Chrissy Metz, the 36-year-old star of the hit show "This Is Us," has plenty of self-love.

Unfortunately, she's also had to deal with some hate, in the form of mean-spirited comments from online bullies who criticize her weight.

But as Metz recently revealed in a "People Now" interview, she's not about to let haters bring her down — or willingly stoop to their level.

"The way I stand up to bullies is with kindness and love," she explained. "Because I think that's what they really need. They're misunderstood and probably really upset themselves."

After confirming that she has been the target of internet bullying, she added, "I just either don't respond, or respond with kindness."

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Metz's mature response is no doubt tied to her belief that her value is rooted in being a caring person — not a piece of eye candy. "The truth is, I don't find my value in my body or my weight," she told TODAY earlier this year. "It's really more about who I am and what I can offer as a human being to the people in my life and the people in the world."

And it's only by accepting herself that she's able to show up for others. "At the end of the day ... my love for my body ... comes from within," said Metz. "It's impossible to accept love from anyone else if you don't love yourself. It's a big issue particularly for us plus-size ladies and for anyone dealing with weight, because we're not taught to love ourselves or be our own cheerleaders."

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Proud of you, Chrissy — consider us your cheerleaders, too!

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