The Love Between Emmy Nominees Sterling and Sarah Paulson

July 15, 2016

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Whether or not you walked away from The People v. O.J. Simpson with a new opinion on the events of the 1995 trial, you did at least think one thing: Sarah Paulson and Sterling K. Brown are a dream team.

Their chemistry was one of the many elements that made FX’s critically acclaimed miniseries work as well as it did, and probably contributed to the Emmys that Brown, Paulson, and the series were all nominated for.

“Working with Sarah Paulson has been the highlight of my career thus far,” Brown told E! News after learning of his Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. “People would tell us while we were shooting that we had great chemistry, and I account that to the fact that I’m a very inquisitive person, Sarah is a very open person, and we just started talking from the beginning.”

That easy friendship mixed with romantic tension that we saw on screen was totally real, save maybe for any actual romance.

“You can’t really fake chemistry, either you have it or you don’t, and you can’t have a relationship on screen if you don’t have one off screen,” he says. “I love Sarah Paulson. I absolutely adore her. My wife has given me full permission to love Sarah Paulson, and I look forward to doing that for the rest of my life.”

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The relationship between the two led to a lot of shipping of Marcia Clark and Chris Darden, even just jokingly, because it’s weird to root for actual people to date, right? Some of the series’ best moments were scenes between just the two of them, like that time they stared into each other’s eyes until we were all shouting “kiss! kiss!” at our screens.

“That’s the best, when nobody touches, nothing actually transpires, but it’s still able to elicit that kind of response, that’s my favorite,” Brown says of that particular scene, in which the two shared that moment after a night of drinking in Oakland. Director Anthony Hemingway encouraged them to keep teasing out that tension.

In one take of that scene, Brown decided to throw in a surprise that may make the biggest Marcia-Darden shippers very happy.

“I could tell, I was looking at her and I said, she doesn’t think I’m going to kiss her,” Brown says. “So one take—and hopefully it will make the outtakes of the show if people buy the DVD—I kissed her, and the look of shock and awe on her face, like her mouth just dropped open as I was kissing her. It was fantastic, and then I ruined the take because I went away!”

Let’s all just cross our fingers that he’s right, and that we will indeed get to see that sweet payoff on the DVD.

Brown can be seen in the new series This Is Us on NBC this fall, and the Emmys will air live from L.A.’s Microsoft Theater on Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. ET on ABC.

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SKB Reacts to Emmy Nomination

July 14, 2016

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Here’s the latest on the 68th annual Primetime Emmy nominations announced Thursday in Los Angeles by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (all times local):

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Actor Sterling K. Brown say he’s trying to remain as calm as possible about his first Emmy nomination after 15 years in the business.

Brown received was nominated Thursday for his portrayal of prosecutor Christopher Darden in FX’s hit limited series, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” Brown says he’s spent Thursday trying to be as supportive of his fellow nominees on the show as possible.

The show earned 22 Emmy nominations Thursday, including six acting nominations for the cast, including Sterling’s co-star Sarah Paulson.

Brown says, “I’ve texted with Sarah and we told each other how much we love each other and how excited we are for each other.”

Earlier Thursday, Paulson told The Associated Press that she was more excited for Brown’s nomination than her own, and she sent him a series of unintelligible texts in her excitement.

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Sterling Nabs Emmy Nomination

July 14, 2016

Many congratulations to Sterling on his Emmy Nomination for ACS: The People Vs OJ!

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“Marshall” Actors Cover a Boys II Men Classic

July 02, 2016

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Marshall may be a drama, but that doesn’t mean there can’t be some fun on set.

While filming the biopic about the U.S. Supreme Court’s first African-American justice Thurgood Marshall, actors Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, and Sterling K. Brown got together — still in costume — and sang a cover of Boyz II Men. The trio gave new life to “Motownphilly” in a three-part harmony that almost rivals the Boyz’s.

From director Reginald Hudlin, Marshall will track the titular lawyer (Boseman) in the early part of his career, including his work at the NAACP after World War II. Gad stars as Samuel Friedman, Marshall’s green law partner. Meanwhile, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story standout Brown will play the man Marshall and Friedman will have to defend.

See the trio flex their golden pipes below (courtesy of Josh Gad) HERE.

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Sterling Added To MLB Legends and Celebrity Softball Game Roster

June 20, 2016

Sterling is set to compete in the MLB Legends & Celebrity Softball Game on July 10th at Petco Park. The game will be televised on ESPN.

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Preview SKB’s New Series: This is Us on NBC this Fall

May 15, 2016

Check out Sterling’s new series coming out this fall on NBC. It’s called This is Us.
Warning: There is light nudity in the first few seconds of this video!

‘Father Comes Home From the Wars’ LA Theater Review: Parks Entertaining New Masterpiece

May 02, 2016

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The Pulitzer winner’s new drama at Mark Taper Forum is a thought-provoking, oddly funny exploration of slavery

Suzan-Lori Parks’ new drama, “Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3),” which opened Sunday at L.A.’s Mark Taper Forum and plays through May 15, is remarkable for being both serious and seriously entertaining.

It’s an ambitious, nearly three-hour production that breaks new ground in depicting the now-familiar era of American slavery. First, the play explores some of the complicated moral dilemmas faced by the slaves themselves, giving them an agency and a culpability that is far too often bypassed. And second, it frames the conflict not as some stilted, hyper-serious period piece — but as a yarn loaded with modern idioms and an often whimsical humor.

The central figure is the aptly named Hero (Sterling K. Brown, reprising the role from the original 2014 production at NYC’s Public Theater), the No. 1 slave on his Southern plantation who’s invited to join his master-boss (Michael McKean) to fight for the Confederacy in the Civil War.

What’s unusual is that Hero has apparently been given a choice in the matter, and the dubious promise of freedom if he agrees to don a Confederate uniform and wage war against his own self-interest. And soon his fellow slaves begin wagering on whether he’ll join the Confederate fight.

In the second act, Hero finds himself on the road with his boss-master and a Union prisoner of war (Josh Wingate), who provides yet another perspective to the mid-19th-century African American experience. The Union soldier also offers Hero a potential path to freedom, one that carries its own set of risks.

Hero returns to the plantation and to his sweetheart, Penny (Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris), for the final act, a tour-de-force homecoming that elevates everything that has come before. Parks, who is best known for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize winner “Topdog/Underdog,” proves herself a master at fusing the highbrow and the low.

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On the one hand, she adopts a traditional three-act play structure and uses deliberate echoes of classic Homeric literature, giving the leads names like Hero and Penny and Odyssey, for Hero’s loyal dog. On the other, she mixes in anachronistically modern language (“It’s not dark enough yet to jet,” one runaway slave says) and makes that dog (played with off-the-leash comedic flare by Patrena Murray) a hilarious flesh-and-blood character and source of necessary comic relief in the final act.

Parks has found suitable partners in the effective staging of director Jo Bonney, the simple but evocative set designs of Neil Patel, and Esosa‘s costume designs, which mix henleys and sneakers with floor-length skirts and soldiers’ uniforms.

Parks has conceived “When Father Comes Home From the Wars” as the first trilogy in a nine-play cycle that will eventually extend to the present day. But it’s already clear that the legacy of slavery will be hard to shake, both for the indignities and wrongs visited upon African-Americans — and, perhaps more tellingly, for the wrongs they may have inflicted upon each other.

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