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Oct 2018

Sterling is featured in the November issue of InStyle for their Best Dressed Issue.

Sterling K. Brown looks ridiculously suave in bright pink jeans and a checkered Gucci coat as he nonchalantly unloads a bag of groceries from a vintage Porsche.

This is the way all Hollywood stars dress to do chores, right? Nah. The in-demand actor is merely playing along for this photo shoot. Normally he is a fan of more dad-friendly athletic attire and deems the designer clothes he is wearing on these pages “expansive.”

That word could also describe the 42-year-old’s career, 16 years of which he spent paying his dues (his “incognegro” period, he jokes). All that changed roughly two years ago, when he received his first Emmy nomination (and win) for playing prosecutor Christopher Darden in Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson. Next, his portrayal of the sensitive perfectionist Randall Pearson on NBC’s hit show This Is Us earned him more awards, including another Emmy and a Golden Globe. And earlier this year his brief but pivotal role in the runaway blockbuster Black Panther skyrocketed him even further into the celebrity stratosphere.

Now, at the start of the third season of This Is Us, Brown, who also has two feature films in the hopper (a revenge thriller called The Rhythm Section with Blake Lively and Waves, a teen romance with a musical twist), kicks back to reflect on breaking through.

Glynis Costin: This is the Best-Dressed Issue. What’s your typical everyday look?

Sterling K. Brown: I would call it athletic casual. As a dad [to sons Andrew, 7, and Amaré, 3], I want to be ready to play. I want to look presentable at an executive meeting, but then when it’s like, “Daddy, wanna come play soccer?” I can say, “Yeah, man, let’s do it.” So a comfortable pair of tennis shoes, a nice pair of jeans or shorts.

GC: You got a lot of attention for a certain Instagram pic you posted back in March 2017 of your super-fit abs. Hoda Kotb called them an eight-pack. Where do those come from?

SkB: My motto is that it’s easier to maintain than it is to acquire. I was blessed growing up as an athlete. I played football, basketball, ran track. My aunt Vera was in the military and had this sit-up board. She’d say, “I’ll give any kid $10 who can do 100 sit-ups without stopping.” Now it’s just about maintenance.

GC: So what’s your biggest fitness tip?

SkB: Make it fun! My go-to is basketball. I love the game and the camaraderie. You can work out till the cows come home, but if you put trash in your body, you’re never going to see the results. I drink a butt-load of water. People ask me as Randall how all the tears come. Well, I drink a ton of water, and it’s just trying to get out of whatever orifice it possibly can!

GC: I know you’re a fan of that book Healthy at 100.

SkB: That was a huge influence. I often think about how the life span of the African-American male is the shortest of any group [in the United States]. My father passed away at 45, my uncle at 61, another uncle at 56, and my grandfather didn’t make it to 65. I do not desire to be a statistic. I love life and want to live the fullest one possible. I want to be vital in my twilight years, not just hanging on.

GC: You’ve been married to your college sweetheart [actress Ryan Michelle Bathe] for 12 years. What’s your secret to a lasting marriage?

SkB: Oh, boy, well, communication is first and foremost. Also, my wife is one of the funniest people I know. We enjoy laughing at each other, with each other, and with our children. Even in intimacy, when you’re being all hot and sexy, something can happen that’s absolutely delightful, and there’s no shame in just cracking each other up while you’re in each other’s arms. It’s the best.

GC: How has being a father changed you?

SkB: It changes everything. It’s so cliché, but you don’t know what love is until you have a child. Being a father makes you grounded. When other things in the world aren’t going the way you want them to, you have to learn to shake that off for your kids. You have to take yourself out of yourself.

GC: You’ve been shooting a lot of films lately. How do you go from something like Predator to Waves?

SkB: In this business you want to make sure you try not to repeat yourself. I’m the drama guy, but I was happy to do Brooklyn Nine-Nine and host Saturday Night Live. With Black Panther I got lots of social-media comments like, “What is Randall doing betraying Wakanda?” [Laughs] It cracks me up. But it’s so awesome when you get to surprise people.

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Sep 2018

Sterling spoke with Entertainment Weekly about tonight’s new episode and what is to come this season.

The season 2 finale of This Is Us not only sounded the wedding bells, but a few alarm bells as well. The time-traveling family drama gave viewers another deep-into-the-future flash-forward scene featuring Old Randall (Sterling K. Brown) with Adult Tess (Iantha Richardson), but this time the atmosphere was much less cheery, as Randall glumly informed Tess that it was time to see “her,” and they both agreed that they weren’t ready for what was to come next.

Who is “her,” and what has befallen “her”? And given that we’re asking Randall-related questions: How will he and Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) handle the renovation of William’s old building and Deja’s bat attack on his Mercedes? Revelations await in season 3 of NBC’s hit family drama, which kicks off Tuesday night, and hints about those revelations arrive… well, right now, in this Q&A with Sterling K. Brown. Read on to see what Brown can do for you.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What’s the first thing that pops into your head when I say “season 3”?
STERLING K. BROWN: Expansive. We put to bed the story of Jack’s death and how it came to be, so now Dan [Fogelman, the show’s creator] is exploring what other questions about this family’s history are worthy of a similar sort of anticipation. Exploring Jack’s backstory in Vietnam will be opening up new doors. Getting further into that and Toby’s backstories, and giving them a real sense of how they came to be a part of this family as well, is going to be opening up new doors. The show just keeps spanning out. Expansive.

Old Randall had viewers’ minds racing when he said, “It’s time to see her,” to adult Tess. Tease us up, Sterling.
The “her” is a woman. I can tell you that much. [Laughs] It is someone that we have met over the first two seasons, so it won’t be something that comes out of nowhere. Dan has already spoken to the fact that we’ve already shot parts of how he wants the series to end that’s dealing with that particular “her” as well. I think by about midseason, maybe episode 9 or so, the audience will know who that individual is.

How huge are the stakes with this mystery?
They’re big. Anytime as an actor, you want make the stakes as much about life or death as possible, and I think Dan is operating on a similar premise.

What was your reaction when you found out about this new mystery?
I had spoken to him about, “Do we know where we’re going?” because I was very concerned about the Lost of it all — people being really on board with the journey of this family, but if it just meanders, will they stick with us? But because we have an end point in sight, we have something to build towards, I think that keeps people firmly invested throughout the trajectory of our characters’ stories. I was very delighted to know that he indeed knew exactly how he wanted the show to culminate, and I think it’s really exquisite. It’s great.

Did it take you by surprise what he had in mind? Or did it track with what you were thinking?
He probably came up with it first, but we were thinking along similar lines, so I was on board.

What was your favorite fan theory about “her”? You’ve heard everyone speculating that the mystery involves jail to death to estrangement, to Annie [Faithe Hermann] to Beth to Deja [Lyric Ross] to Rebecca [Mandy Moore].
I will say the most vociferous responses I’ve received over social media were with regards to my wife, Beth. They’d be like, “Yo, man, if y’all kill Beth, I ain’t got no time for this.” I love that they love Beth just as much as Randall does, and I love Susan just as much as Randall loves Beth. It’s not the theory of it all, but: “Please don’t let this sister go away.” I can’t answer the question, but I like that they love her that much.

Well, Susan has gone on record to say that Beth is not going to die. So that much we do know.
It’s not Beth? Okay, that’s good. [Laughs]

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Sep 2018

Yahoo is giving us a rundown of everything that has been shared about the new season of This Is Us.

The Pearsons are back — well, almost.

After what feels like an intolerably long break for fans of This Is Us, Jack and Rebecca, Randall and Beth, and all the rest return to NBC on Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. Though it seems like the cast has already pulled every tear they possibly can from viewers (*raises hand*), there’s much more to come.

Although the show makers are keeping much of the upcoming season under wraps, here’s some of what we can expect.

There’s a big surprise in the first episode.
As Mandy Moore told Entertainment Weekly, there was an early moment in the season that left her reeling. “There’s something that doesn’t involve my character that’s a bit of a twist in the first episode that people are going to be like, “Whaaa…?” she said. “It’s a bad ‘Whaaa…?’ It’s not heartwarming.”

Jack and Rebecca will return to their first date.
The trailer for the new season shows that the Pearson family’s core couple, played by Milo Ventimiglia and Moore, will return to the night of their first date, part of which they spent at a carnival. Jack’s gone in the present day, sure, but his character will still loom large over the season.

An early episode focuses on Jack in Vietnam.
Creator Dan Fogelman explained the show would be “diving heavy” into Jack’s service in the Vietnam War, with the aid of an expert on the subject. “One of my writing heroes, Tim O’Brien, who wrote The Things They Carried and many other novels, I just finished actually writing an episode with him that’s an entire Vietnam Jack backstory episode, early in our season,” he told Deadline. “That’s going to be really incredibly exciting and unusual.”

The “her” future Randall spoke about to adult Tess will be revealed.
In one of the show’s signature flash-forwards, last season’s audience saw an older Randall (played by Sterling K. Brown) tell his eldest daughter, “It’s time to go see her, Tess.” Iantha Richardson, who plays the character, responds, “I’m not ready.” Brown has promised that the mysterious “her” will be “illuminated.”

William returns.
Ron Cephas Jones, who portrays Randall’s biological father, will appear in flashbacks. “Our second episode has a big William story, and we have others coming,” Fogelman told EW. “Of our first seven or eight episodes that we’ve got written right now, he’s a substantial part of three or four of them.”

Kevin’s still got a girlfriend.
Remember how Kevin (Justin Hartley) hit it off with Beth’s cousin Zoe, played by Melanie Liburd, at the end of last season? Well, Liburd has been promoted to a series regular. Good news for Kevin and Zoe, but bad news for Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson), who’s skeptical of Kevin’s intentions.

Kate and Toby will encounter obstacles to parenthood.
In an official trailer for the season, Kate (Chrissy Metz) teased that the couple’s quest to expand their family would “not be as easy as they thought.” She added more detail in an interview with EW: “Having a baby is something that is life-changing, and two people just want to hope that they can have a baby,” she said. “Whose fault is that? Maybe there’s something going on physically with Toby [played by Chris Sullivan] too? Who knows? Those things might not have been talked about or addressed because we keep our secrets and we’re ashamed of them.”

Expect more Déjà.
Actress Lyric Ross, who plays the foster child Déjà who was taken in by Randall and Beth, was announced as a series regular for next season, whereas she was a recurring guest on the show last year. As fans will recall, we last saw the character bashing in Randall’s car with a baseball bat. “Will she become a part of our family? Will she not become a part of our family?” Brown muses in the trailer.

Randall is back with his dad jokes.
In the first photo of the season, Fogelman showed Brown’s Randall just as excited as fans are to start the new batch of episodes. Can’t you feel his daughters rolling their eyes?

Gotta love Randall.

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Sep 2018

The Hollywood Reporter released their Most Powerful People List. Ryan Reynolds made the list and when asked who the nicest person in Hollywood is he replied ….

THE NICEST PERSON IN HOLLYWOOD IS … “Sterling K. Brown is so nice he makes Hugh Jackman look like a dog catcher.”


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Sep 2018

Here is the video clip of Sterling & Ron presenting the Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special to Glenn Weiss. This awarded ended in a surprise proposal! I love Sterling’s facial expressions through out the proposal!

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Sep 2018

Unfortunately Sterling did not win an Emmy this year but he participated in the opening number and presented one of the most talked about awards of the night! See images from his fun night in our gallery.

A giant thank you to Claudia, Mary, and Maria for sharing some of the pictures!

Gallery Links:
Sterling K. Brown Fan > 2018 > September 17 | Emmy Awards
Sterling K. Brown Fan > 2018 > September 17 | Emmy Awards – Audience
Sterling K. Brown Fan > 2018 > September 17 | Emmy Awards – Ceremony
Sterling K. Brown Fan > 2018 > September 17 | Emmy Awards – Backstage
Sterling K. Brown Fan > 2018 > September 17 | Emmy Awards – Governor’s Ball
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Sep 2018

We Solved It! Sterling, Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson, Kristen Bell, Titus Burgess, and RuPaul participated in the Emmy’s opening number.

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