Chadwick Boseman And Sterling K. Brown Remember When There Could Only Be One Black Actor In A Movie

October 06, 2017

Not too long ago, the idea of two prominent black actors starring in the same film was practically unheard of. So the fact that Chadwick Boseman and Sterling K. Brown share the screen in Marshall — a movie about Thurgood Marshall (Boseman) defending Richard Spell (Brown) after a white woman (Kate Hudson) accuses him of rape and attempted murder — is particularly worth celebrating. “There was a period of time where it would only be one person,” Chadwick Boseman told BuzzFeed News. “It’d be Denzel [Washington] in this movie, it’d be [Lawrence] Fishburne in that movie, Sam Jackson in that movie, and Morgan Freeman in this one. … Very few opportunities where you would see them working together.”

So while there’s still quite a long way to go until there’s true equality in Hollywood, Boseman and Brown are glad to be a part of the improvements that’ve been made. “I feel blessed to be in a time where I can do this movie with him … and I can do a movie with Michael B. Jordan and it’s okay,” Boseman said, referring to Marvel’s Black Panther. “It doesn’t even have to be such a big deal because the opportunities are not so scarce. And that’s an important moment to note.”

That progress is reflected in both actors’ upcoming projects. In February, Boseman and Brown will reunite in Black Panther, which co-stars Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, and Forest Whittaker. In addition to working with Susan Kelechi Watson and Ron Cephas Jones on NBC’s This Is Us, Brown will co-star with Trevante Rhodes and Keegan-Michael Key in next summer’s The Predator.

Brown hopes similar substantive opportunities are afforded to actors of every background. “I want to see a diverse enough landscape where everybody gets a chance to shine,” he told BuzzFeed News. “You know, everybody gets a chance to eat … and not just a tasty side dish, but folks are getting some meat and potatoes into their bodies.”

Watch the interview clip here.

Sterling K. Brown Gave His Garage a Makeover for the Ultimate Office–Man Cave

October 02, 2017

Apt2B did a makeover for Sterling from his Man Cave so that he could have a quiet place to study lines and escape. Architectural Digest featured the makeover on their website.

Seeking a space of his own, the Emmy-winning This Is Us actor decided to convert his overcrowded garage into an at-home sanctuary

After six years in his cozy Los Angeles home—a 1,300-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath—Emmy-winning This Is Us actor Sterling K. Brown was beginning to feel “a little squeezed out.” The space has been great for him and his wife, actress Ryan Michelle Bathe, to raise their two children. But Brown craved an at-home sanctuary where he could have “a little bit of respite, a little bit of quiet, and a little bit of solitude.” So, he decided to reclaim the detached garage as his own. The space offers a view of the backyard garden and pool, and Brown was on the hunt for an area to reply to emails, take phone calls, and memorize lines.

Brown wanted a space that skirted the stuffiness of a traditional home office and added a level of sophistication to the typical man cave—a “creative workspace,” he termed it. To achieve this room rehab, he enlisted the help of interior designer Kyle Schuneman and online lifestyle and furniture brand Apt2B. “Sometimes you need someone that has an eye for the utilization of space to show that it can be more than what it currently is in that moment,” Brown says.

Schuneman had his work cut out for him. Brown wanted to transform the 18.5-by-20-foot garage from the home of his barely used ping-pong table, Christmas tree, old refrigerator, and broken-in couch into a flex space that offered him a designated work area, a second living area for hosting small groups of friends, and a room to pace as he runs lines for his role as Randall in This is Us and upcoming film projects. (Brown will next appear as Joseph Spell in the biographical drama Marshall, which focuses on the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall. The film is set to be released on October 13.)

Schuneman and Brown started by completely emptying the garage. “By cleaning out the space, I got to understand what it was,” Schuneman explains; what he found was a beautiful flow of natural light, underutilized built-in shelving, and a gorgeous terrazzo-like cement floor that needed little more than an area rug.

From there, the design process flowed. The discovery of the dark-colored specs in the floor drew Schuneman to the navy wall color, applied to the garage walls by Paintzen. Knowing that he didn’t want to rely on just the sunlight to brighten up the room, Schuneman then presented Brown with the piece that, at first, seemed like a questionable choice, and eventually would become the clear standout: the mustard sectional. “I saw the couch in the design plan and I was like, ‘That is a bold color. How do I feel about bold-colored sofas? I’m not sure. . . .’” Brown recalls. “But, you know, I’m not a designer. It’s the same way when I put clothes on: It’s one thing looking at it on the rack, it’s another thing looking at it once you put it on your body, so I said I have to see it in the space, and when I saw it in the space, I was like, ‘Yo, this is kind of baller. I’m digging it.’”

Purple ottomans tucked underneath the window add a bonus pop of color without overwhelming the color scheme. “I try not to just have a three-color palette because you can get stuck in it a little bit, so that little eggplant hit was really cool,” Schuneman explains. Although Brown wasn’t immediately sold on that color either, he chose to trust his designer’s creative process and agreed that the corner “turned out exceptionally well.” As a bonus, the ottomans pop up to offer a soft space for Brown’s 6- and 2-year-old to play games or do puzzles.

To prevent the color combination from looking too juvenile, Schuneman sought leather, metal, and wood accents for the other pieces throughout the room, which he found in the two cabinets that frame the window and Brown’s new work table.

Atop the cabinet next to his worktable sits Brown’s Emmy, which he won in 2016 for his supporting-actor role as Christopher Darden in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. It will soon be accompanied by his second Emmy, which he won just earlier this month for Outstanding Lead Actor in This Is Us (which returns to NBC tomorrow, September 26, for its second season). Schuneman, who designed the space prior to Brown’s second Emmy win, displayed the 2016 statuette in a custom-made Lucite box, leaving room for future awards. Brown feared that the heavy, winged statuettes aren’t exactly kid-friendly—and perhaps not adult-friendly either. “I think I actually saw somebody impale themselves last year at the Emmys because you have to be careful,” said the actor. A second Lucite box was ordered just last week for Brown’s newest award, so it can be displayed alongside last year’s.

On the wall beyond that, in full view of the mustard sofa, hangs a television, visually tying together the work and relaxation areas, and solidifying the room as the ultimate in-home getaway. In fact, it may be a little too good, as Brown jokes, “Everybody wants to hang out in there, and I have to fight to keep it!”

To see all the images from the makeover check out our gallery.

Sterling Talks to Variety about Winning the Emmy

September 23, 2017

Sterling K. Brown discussed, the morning after his historic win, what his second consecutive Emmy victory means to him, what’s in store on “This Is Us” Season 2, and how his role as Randall Pearson on the NBC hit drama has changed his career.

Sterling Covers the Post Emmys Issue of Variety

September 19, 2017

Love this cover! Congratulations Sterling!

Be sure to get your own copy to read the feature on Sterling!

Emmys: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Reese Witherspoon, More Nominees Pick Their Ideal Seatmates

September 17, 2017

Sterling is one of the nominees that The Hollywood Reporter who their ideal seatmate would be at tonight’s Emmys ceremony.

Laverne Cox says she would be glad to settle in next to Alexander Skarsgard (“if he were single and interested”) as Sterling K. Brown and Jane Fonda, among others, reveal which stars would make them “geek out.”

Sterling K. Brown
‘This Is Us
Bryan Cranston. What he did with Walter White [on Breaking Bad] is extraordinary. I met him once and geeked out.

To see the entire list of celebs go here.

Sterling K. Brown of This Is Us on His Ascent, Loving LeBron, and Black Representation on TV

August 25, 2017

GQ is featuring Sterling in their new issue … and what a great interview it is!

The Emmy-winning actor, here making monochrome look masterful, has some opinions on just how quickly Hollywood is running toward diversity.

However Hollywood charts talent, a pretty swift case could be made that the biggest breakout in the past year is not a newcomer but a veteran, Sterling K. Brown. After years of bill-paying recurring roles, Brown, 41, won an Emmy last fall for his deeply felt portrayal of Christopher Darden, co-counsel with Marcia Clark, in The People v. O.J. Simpson, and just earned a second Emmy nomination, for his hyper-sensitive Randall Pearson, the anchor of NBC’s heartstring-yanking This Is Us. While O.J. earned Brown prestige cred, This Is Us is the reason that people come up to him, spontaneously crying, when he’s out buying eggs. As he’s started getting recognized more, he says, “I catch myself every once in a while doing that weird thing that I see famous people do, where they have sunglasses and hats on and grow out beards thinking that they’re fooling people. Dude, you’re not fooling anyone, you look just like you.”

Brown’s recent success tracks an expansion in film and television of stories focusing on characters of color. This fall he appears in Marshall, about the young Thurgood Marshall, and early next year in Marvel’s Black Panther, the black-superhero movie directed by Ryan Coogler. Brown could not imagine a movie like Black Panther being cast this way a decade ago. “Hollywood is learning—Oh, we can make a dollar off of these stories,” he says. But even still, “there’s often the sort of conversation that transpires behind closed doors, and I shall entitle this conversation: There Can Be Only One.” What he means, of course, is that while there are more parts than there used to be, there still exists a kind of quota. “Why can’t there be two black guys? Why can’t there be a black woman?”

Brown recalls when, a few years ago, ABC green-lit a Kevin Hart project at the same time as it was shooting the pilot for Black-ish. ” The conversation was Well, which one are they going to pick up? Is it going to be ‘Black-ish’ or Kevin Hart? “Brown has spent 15 years with a front-row seat to Hollywood’s justifications of its aggravatingly narrow programming decisions. Now, though, not only is he present for the changing tide, but he’s quickly become one of its most recognizable faces. It gives him the platform to push things a little further. “Well, maybe we don’t have to choose anymore,” he says. “Maybe we can put them both on the air and see how the public responds.”

GQ caught up with Brown in early summer as he was finishing shooting The Predator and before returning to set for the second season of This Is Us.

GQ: A lot of the recent press about you is on how it has been a breakout year for you. It’s true that it’s been a huge year, but you’ve actually been a successful working actor for a long time.

SB: I’ve been able to pay the bills. I’ve been able to pay off my student loans. I was a homeowner before anything happened in the larger public eye. But yeah, I’ve been alright, I’ve been happy.

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EXCLUSIVE: Why Sterling K. Brown Is Keeping It All in Perspective

June 16, 2017

Sterling spoke with Entertainment Tonight about the success of his series This is Up and being wanted for some great projects.

Sterling K. Brown isn’t used to being in demand.

“Busy. That’s the most apt description I can come up with, and busy is good,” Brown says of his life over the past whirlwind year and a half. The actor is speaking to ET by phone from a car on his way to the airport to catch a flight from New York City, where he’s just wrapped a photo shoot, to return to Vancouver set of the upcoming Predator reboot.

It’s been nearly a decade and a half, Brown says, “of showing up and saying your lines and then going on to the next project, hoping that one job moves into the next. But this has been a situation where people actually want to hear what I think. This is all still new.”

His Emmy-winning portrayal of prosecutor Christopher Darden on The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story anointed Brown as a standout actor, but it’s his deeply resonant performance as adopted son Randall Pearson on this TV season’s most popular new drama, NBC’s This Is Us, that’s catapulted his career into the stratosphere. Since production on the first season ended in February, Brown has taken full advantage of his sudden surge in Hollywood, booking high-profile films Black Panther, The Predator and Hotel Artemis, often flying back and forth across the country juggling his new jet-setting reality.

“It’s a wonderful position to be, in terms of people who are enthusiastic and wanting to work with you. For such a long time, you spend most of your time hoping and putting your best foot forward and maybe something will come along that will be a break. Now, I’ve had a couple of breaks,” the St. Louis native says, noting how dramatically different life is from the way it was before filming American Crime Story in 2015. “It’s night and day.”

Prior to the FX anthology true-crime series, Brown was perhaps best known for his starring role on Army Wives, which ran for seven seasons on Lifetime, and a long list of one-episode roles on everything from ER to The Good Wife. “It’s nice to be validated this way in this business because you hear no a lot. It’s nice to hear yes.”

Still, there’s an element of wanting more, of achieving the unfamiliar and reshaping the public’s perception of what he’s capable of in front of the camera that keeps him hungry. “What was so lovely about O.J. and This Is Us to a certain extent is that I got a chance to surprise people. And now that people know who I am a bit more, I still want to be able to do that.”

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