The 100 Most Influential People of 2018

April 19, 2018

Sterling is featured on the Time 100 List for 2018. Sterling’s friend Sarah Paulson wrote a highlight about Sterling.

Sterling K. Brown was born ready.

I remember the first day I saw him on the set of American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, our eyes meeting from across a re-created D.A.’s office. In an instant it was clear: Sterling had come to play. Every day was like having a front-row seat in a master class on readiness, a meditation on seizing opportunity, but most unexpectedly, on JOY.

When you’ve been a player since you were in the womb, been forced to sit on the bench, and suddenly find yourself the MVP, no one would be surprised if fear or neurosis took hold. But when your name is Sterling K. Brown, what you choose to summon is your joy. If you ever have the pleasure of having him smile at you, laugh the laugh of a buddha from his soul, you would count yourself among the lucky. But you haven’t lived until you’ve seen him swagger toward you whilst singing “Who’s That Lady?,” radiating light brighter than E.T.’s fingertip.

Sterling runs to run; the joy for him is in the doing. That he finds himself vaulted into the firmament—where he belongs—is merely glorious icing.

Saturday Night Love! The Reviews are in!

March 11, 2018

Last night Sterling made his debut hosting on Saturday Night Live … and the reviews are showering Sterling with lots of Love!

Saturday Night Live Recap: Sterling K. Brown Slays as This Is Us Goes to D.C.

Tonight, This is Us star Sterling K. Brown hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time. The two-time Emmy-winner has admitted to being nervous about his first round at Studio 8H but–as anyone could have predicted–he was nothing short of sensational. Tonight was big fun, and now it’s just a question of when Brown will be invited back for round two.

Sterling K. Brown Brings the Tears in Epic ‘This Is Us’ Parody on ‘Saturday Night Live’

Brown shined from the moment he took the stage, where he jokingly struggled to fight back tears during his hilarious monologue.

“I actually have a reputation for being pretty sensitive,” Brown explained. “But what can I say? I’m an actor, and I wear my emotions on my sleeve.”

He only made it a few moments in before the feelings began to well up inside him about getting to host the show for the first time, and he had to psych himself up yelling, “Wooo! Get it together, Sterling Kathleen, it’s all good.”

Sterling K. Brown’s This Is Us Spoof Is What Saturday Night Live Was Made For

For Sterling K. Brown’s first turn as host of Saturday Night Live, he boldly went where so many past guest stars have gone before: Trump’s cabinet.

In Brown’s case, the This Is Us star suited up to become former presidential candidate-turned-embattled Director of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, whose whimpery voice and pout Brown has down to a science, even without the whitened scruff.

SNL: Sterling K. Brown Nails Ben Carson in Hilarious ‘This Is U.S.’ Parody

With Sterling K. Brown hosting Saturday Night Live for the first time this week, a parody of NBC’s This Is Us seemed inevitable. But we did not know he would be playing Dr. Ben Carson.

“Millions of Americans have tuned in to the show that’s captivating a nation,” the announcer read, before revealing Brown as President Trump’s HUD secretary.

“Dr. Ben Carson, what’s wrong?” an aide asks him. “All of it. All of it is wrong,” he replies. Later, his wife laughs in his face when he tells her he runs the Department of Housing and Urban Development instead of something that has any relation to his career as a brain surgeon.

This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown to voice NBC’s Olympics opening film

February 08, 2018

Sterling K. Brown seems to have the world in his palm right now, so it makes sense that his voice will be heard around the world for the planet’s biggest international sporting competition.

The trophy magnet and star of This is Us will narrate the opening film for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Titled Always Start with the Dreams, the seven-minute film — which pays tribute to the 2,800 Olympic athletes going head-to-head on the slopes, on the ice, and beyond — will unspool before the Opening Ceremony and help to introduce NBC’s coverage of the games, which begins Friday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Among the athletes featured in the film: Alpine skiers Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn, short track speedskater Maame Biney, snowboarders Shaun White, Chloe Kim, and Kelly Clark, and figure skaters Nathan Chen, Evgenia Medvedeva, and Yuzuru Hanyu.

Mike Tirico will anchor coverage of the Opening Ceremony with Katie Couric.

Breaking Bad‘s Giancarlo Esposito handled film narration duties for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, while Game of Thrones‘ Peter Dinklage provided vocals for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Previous celebrity narrators also include Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor, Andre Braugher, and James Earl Jones.

Brown, who hits the big screen in Black Panther as well as the upcoming Hotel Artemis and The Predator, recently claimed a Golden Globe and an Emmy for his work as Randall on the NBC family drama.

Catch a preview of Brown’s vocal work in the Olympics opening film above.


Sterling K. Brown Answered Your Biggest This Is Us Questions With GIFs of Himself

February 06, 2018

Sterling K. Brown has won two Emmy awards and a Golden Globe award for his portrayal of Randall Pearson on the hit tearjerking, Crockpot-featuring drama series, This Is Us. On Tuesday, however, Brown showed that he’s got skills off-camera as well, when he hosted a Twitter chat with fans of the show and dexterously responded to each tweet with only GIFs of himself.

Viewers took to their Twitter accounts to ask Brown questions like if he was anything like his on-screen character and how he felt reading the script about Jack Pearson’s tragic death; miraculously, there was an appropriate and fitting GIF for Brown to tweet his response every time.

All in all, Brown answered 17 questions — see his plethora of GIF responses below.

To see all the gifs go to the Time website. Pretty fun twitter chat!

5 On Your Side spends time at home with Sterling K. Brown

February 05, 2018

Sterling K. Brown is one of the brightest stars in Hollywood. He was recently awarded the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama Series, a first for an African American.

ST. LOUIS — Sunday’s episode of “This Is Us” answered several questions for fans of the hit show. It’s one of those shows people just cannot seem to get enough of, especially when it involves St. Louis native Sterling K. Brown.

Uncle to 5 On Your Side’s Anthony Slaughter, Brown and his nephew recently caught up in Beverly Hills, Calif. to give exclusive scoop to 5 On Your Side. Starting with a playdate with their children, the relatives then headed to Brown’s home office for a heart-to-heart about all the statues Brown has taken a liking to recently.

Brown, one of the brightest stars in Hollywood, was recently awarded the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Randall Pearson on “This Is Us.” The award was a first for an African-American actor.

“First African-American male to win this in 75 years in the history of the [Golden] Globes,” said Brown. “So, it’s special. It’s really, really cool.”

Brown said the recognition seems to still be sinking in.

“So, when they actually said my name, I was all like, ‘Shccky, ducky, quack, quack’” joked Brown. “Like, it actually went down, you know what I’m saying?”

He delivered an unforgettable speech, one that was mostly off the cuff.

“I didn’t write anything for the Golden Globes, I knew I wanted to thank my wife first because I had a little bit of PTSD once I got up there,” said Brown. “I thought they were going to cut me off at any second.”

As an African-American man, Brown said the beginning of his time on “This Is Us” was immediately met with understanding the importance of writing with accuracy.

“The interesting part of it is… that this Jewish man, Dan Fogelman, had the fortitude to say, ‘No, we’re going to write this black character and if there’s something I don’t know, I’m going to get some black writers in my writer’s room so that I can fully develop this character in the most authentic way possible,” said Brown. “So, to have that freedom, to be able to inject all of me into something has been a dream of mine.”

The dream, in fact, has been one that was traced back to his childhood love for movies.

“I would ask, ‘Can I get some popcorn? Can I get to the aisle to get across to go to the bathroom?’ and [Brown] would be like, ‘Shh,’” said Slaughter. “What was that?”

“I am a fairly jovial individual, but I take my cinema quite seriously,” joked Sterling. “I’m spending my money to go to these flicks Jack… if people [are] making me miss what’s happening, I’m not a happy camper.”

One thing that does make him happy however is his role on “This Is Us.”

“I had no idea that they were doing flashbacks and stuff… that you were kids,” said Slaughter.

“You didn’t understand from the pilot? Aww, you were sleeping. Grandmother called me and said the same thing: ‘Oh, you their children?’ I’m like, ‘Momma, you can’t be folding clothes while you’re watching my show now,’” said Sterling.

Jokes aside, Brown admitted playing Randall Pearson has been the opportunity of a lifetime.

“Like, I love Randall. I really do,” said Sterling. “Like, people will come up to me and say, ‘Oh, Randall breaks my heart, Randall breaks my heart. This dude I just want to give a big hug every time I see him.”


Sterling K. Brown: Award-winning actor and devoted family man

January 19, 2018

A beautiful new article from the Associated Press on Sterling.

NEW YORK – The morning after making history as the first black man to win a Golden Globe Award for lead actor in a TV drama, Sterling K. Brown fulfilled an acceptance speech promise: He took his 6-year-old son Andrew to school.

Brown said he was “humbled” by the Golden Globe win for his role on NBC’s “This is Us” and will “cherish it” all his life.

Family time is important to Brown, who also has a 2-year-old son Amare with his actress-wife Ryan Michelle Bathe.

“I did not have children so I could see them every three months,” he said in a recent interview with the Associated Press.

He said their connection serves him as an actor.

“Young people infuse you with so much vivacity. There is so much to learn. Every acting school teaches you to get back in touch with the child inside of you. Once I became a parent it became easier to a certain extent because I was surrounded by it all the time,” he said.

Brown, 41, plays devoted family man Randall Pearson who was adopted by white parents as a baby on “This is Us.”

“I love his intellect, his heart and all of his corniness,” said Brown, who won an Emmy last year for his portrayal of Pearson.

Brown will guest star on Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” where he will appear with Andre Braugher, the black actor who won a leading-actor Emmy Award almost 20 years ago.

“It exceeded expectations,” Brown said of shooting scenes for the show.

He also has a role in “Black Panther,” the Marvel movie about the first black superhero, scheduled to open Feb. 16.

“The level of production of a film with a predominantly African-American cast, it hasn’t happened. It literally hasn’t happened. There would be times I would be at base camp and you would see 24 trailers lined up one after the next, and you would see black faces coming out of those trailers one by one to go shoot something and there’s pride,” he said. “I would get misty.”

Viewing parties are being scheduled around the country for “Black Panther,” but the most important one for Brown is the screening that he’ll have with son, Andrew.

“I’m a cinephile. I love going to the flicks. I remember going to see ‘Superman’ and ‘Batman.’ Now I get to take my son to go see ‘Black Panther,’ and Chad (Boseman) as Black Panther will be as normal for him as Christopher Reeve as Superman was for me,” he said. “That means something. There’s a normalization that occurs so you’re not so starved to see images of yourself onscreen.”

Brown says his method for choosing roles is to find projects that help him grow. He’s trying to vary studio opportunities with stories that are more independent and character-driven. And he enjoys the challenge of adapting to different sets.

“The set of ‘Black Panther’ is different than the set of (his movie) ‘Marshall,’ and you have something to learn from both, but they’re two different skill sets. On ‘Black Panther’ you shoot maybe a page or two a day. … I’m on television and we’ll shoot eight pages in a day. It is a skill that needs to be exercised.”

Sterling K. Brown: I’m Open to Exploring Tension Between Randall and Beth on ‘This Is Us’

January 19, 2018

Sterling talks about the tension between Beth & Randall with US Weekly.

Beth and Randall are one of many beloved couples on This Is Us, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have some troubles of their own. After taking home the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actor in a Drama for his role as Randall Pearson on the hit show, Sterling K. Brown told reporters that he hopes to see the show look more into their romance.

“I would love to explore the background of the relationship with Beth and Randall, how they came to be. For Randall, to have been raised by his white family, it was really awesome to go to Howard University and see that he had this yearning for his culture. Obviously, he chose this beautiful black woman for his wife, so I’m curious as to how that came to be,” Brown, 41, explained. “I also want to spend a little bit more time with my sister because the twins have a very strong connection with one another. My brother and I have a very strong connect with one another, and I want to explore more the relationship between Randall and Kate. So those are two things that are on my mind right now.”

As for what he wouldn’t want to see happen on the show, the Emmy winner said he’d never want the audience to feel like Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) and Randall weren’t going to make it — because in the end, they are.

“There’s no drama without tension, so I’m always interested in exploring the tension between Beth and Randall without it ever seeming like this couple is going to be in trouble. My wife and I, we have conflict, we go through stuff all the time, but we’re never in a position where we think that this is a deal breaker,” he added. “So I’d like to see things that married folks have to work through in order to make marriage work. I’m always intrigued by that, but I don’t ever want the audience to feel like, ‘Oh my God, are Beth and Randall not going to make it?’ We’re going to make it, but you’re going to have to work to make it. I’m always curious to see that.”

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