"This Is Us" star Lonnie Chavis pushes back against online trolls who mock his smile

Posted on: June 28th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Photo by: Maarten de Boer/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — In a new Instagram video, This Is Us star Lonnie Chavis announces that he has something to say “to all the trolls who have been trolling in my comments, talking about my gap.”  As in, the gap between his front teeth.

“I could get my gap fixed,” said Chavis, who plays the younger Randall Pearson on the hit NBC family drama. “Braces can fix this but, like, can you fix your heart, though?”

Chavis also explained why he wanted to address his detractors.

“There are kids out here killing themselves just because of y’all hating and trolling and doing just crazy stuff,” he said. “I mean, It’s stupid. I mean, is it fun? No. It hurts people. People kill themselves, and you’re the one who’s making them doing it. Fix your heart, though. For real.”

The young actor also had a message for fans who are concerned about him.

“I’m happy that I can handle this. I can handle this. I’m not tripping,” he said. “But there are kids out here. If y’all kids are watching this, don’t trip. Be who you want to be. I mean, do what you want to do. Do you. Be you. Believe in yourself.”

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