Sterling & Ryan to Be Featured On OWN’s Black Love

April 13, 2018

Sterling K. Brown On What Makes His Marriage Work: ‘We Laugh A Lot’

March 01, 2018

Sterling spoke with Essence about his marriage with Ryan and how this amazing duo makes their marriage work.

Sterling K. Brown is having a moment.

Whether he captured your attention for his Emmy winning performance in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, or making you cry every week on the hit NBC drama series, This Is Us, as father and husband extraordinaire Randall Pearson, it’s safe to say that Brown’s moment is undeniable and well-earned.

ESSENCE caught up with the history-making actor while promoting his partnership with Clorox to celebrate the power of clean, and discussed his dynamic performance in Black Panther, his acting calling card, and the love of his life, wife Ryan Michelle Bathe.

“I never thought that that would be sort of my calling card,” he said with an infectious laugh when asked if eliciting tears in every role was somehow negotiated into his contracts.

“I honestly love to laugh way more than I like to cry. I’m going to start doing more stuff that doesn’t make people cry, I promise so that there will be balance brought back to the universe!”

Speaking of balance, the 41-year-old always makes it a point to credit his wife and fellow actress for being his better half.

The college sweethearts wed in 2007 and will celebrate 11 years of marriage, so Brown gave ESSENCE his secrets to a happy marriage — and dished on what his TV character Randall Pearson has taught him about love.

His answer, of course, was everything!

“Number one, never stop talking. Problems arise when people stop talking to each other,” he explained. “Laugh a lot, we crack each other up constantly!”

He continued, “I do the best I can and I feel like that’s the way most people are. We do the best we can until we know how to do better. And Sterling Brown prides himself on putting his best foot forward.”

Alumni Sterling K. Brown and Ryan Michelle Bathe return to Stanford, where it all began

February 13, 2018

Sterling & Ryan participated in an evening at Stanford talking about their careers and how their lives have changed since leaving their Alma Mater.

Sterling K. Brown has said a lot of public “thank yous” recently.

In acceptance speeches for the Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG awards he’s won for his portrayal of the lovably earnest Randall Pearson on NBC’s megahit family drama “This Is Us,” Brown has thanked his wife, actress Ryan Michelle Bathe (Yvette on “This Is Us”), whom he met when they were both Stanford University freshmen. He’s praised his co-stars. He’s paid tribute to Andre Braugher, the last African American to win the Emmy for best actor in a drama 19 years ago. And, with his Golden Globe in hand in January, Brown commended “This Is Us” creator and showrunner Dan Fogelman for bucking the tradition of color-blind casting by writing “a role for a black man that could only be played by a black man.”

Brown, 41, visited his alma mater on Friday night, Feb. 9, with another important piece of gratitude to get off his chest. “Harry, you really have no idea what you did. If it weren’t for you coming to find me, I don’t know if I’d even be doing this. I probably would have stuck with the (economics major) thing and gone into investment banking,” Brown told Harry Elam Jr., the Stanford senior vice provost for education who cast Brown and Bathe as freshmen in their first student play, during an onstage conversation in a packed auditorium in the Graduate School of Business.

After a nostalgic afternoon on campus with their two sons, 6-year-old Andrew (named after a classmate who died a year after graduation) and Amare, 2, Brown and Bathe clearly enjoyed the nearly two-hour event. They reminisced with Elam and fielded questions from students — who cheered when Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne announced that Brown would be Stanford’s 2018 commencement speaker on June 17.

Bathe and Brown, who joked about their on-and-off romance before they got married in 2007, spoke thoughtfully about everything from discovering their shared love of acting to the #MeToo movement and Hollywood’s long-overdue progress on its “diversity problem.”

In 1994, Elam, then a drama professor, came to visit Brown and Bathe’s black culture-themed Ujamaa dorm looking for students to audition for August Wilson’s “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.”

“I thought, I did a little acting in high school, I’ll give it a shot,” said Brown.

He was cast as troubled ex-slave Herald Loomis, a part that has vexed older, more experienced actors, but a role Elam said Brown slayed.

“I snuck into the theater to watch him audition,” said Bathe. “I remember thinking, How is this 17-year-old kid transforming into these men? I’d never seen anything like it.”

“I could see right away how gifted they both were,” said Elam. He urged Brown to keep auditioning (much as he later encouraged Issa Rae, creator and star of HBO’s “Insecure”).

Echoing a note he struck in his Golden Globes speech, Brown said, “This was the first time I got to be a character who was specifically African American, and it felt like home.”

Brown and Bathe both went to New York University after Stanford and landed their first professional roles just weeks after graduating.

After six seasons on “Army Wives,” and numerous small movie parts, Brown’s breakthrough came when he played conflicted prosecutor Christopher Darden in “The People v. O.J. Simpson” (for which Brown won his first Emmy).

Once he came to appreciate what a tricky position the district attorney, a native of Richmond, was in, “being the black face of a very unpopular case in the black community, my earlier judgment of him gave way to empathy.

“You can’t play someone and hold them in judgment at the same time.”

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Sterling K. Brown Literally Ran Through Koreatown to Get His Wife to Date Him

October 06, 2017

Sterling was interviewed by the ladies of the Talk yesterday and shared some of his experiences dating Ryan.

Now this is love at first sight.

Sterling K. Brown and his wife Ryan Michelle Bathe have been married for 10 years, but before she agreed to date him, she made him literally chase after her.

On Thursday, the This is Us star stopped by The Talk to spill the details on just how he won her over.

“Is it true that you had to work really hard to win Ryan over?” asked co-host Sharon Osbourne.

“Yes ma’am, it is,” Brown, 41, replied before being cut off by Osbourne, who informed the Emmy-award winning actor he didn’t need to be so formal; he could just call her “Mrs. O.”

“So we dated off and on in college and then we broke up for three and a half years before we came back into each other’s lives,” Brown began. “She was on the treadmill working out, and I had this epiphany, ‘I have to go tell this woman she’s the love of my life.’”

“I go to her apartment, I tell her, and she’s like, ‘Well, I’m working out right now,’ and I was like, ‘No, I can see that — I’ll just talk to you while you’re on the treadmill,’ and she’s like, ‘Well, I feel like going outside. So I’m gonna go on a run,’ ” he continued.

“So I’m like dressed [in a suit] and she starts running through Koreatown and I start running along with her,” he added. “Brother had to work, but it was well-worth while.”

Brown and Bathe, also 41, wed in 2007 and share two children: Andrew, 6, and Amaré, 2.

Brown has been known to fawn over his wife in sweet social media posts, like when he captioned an Instagram video of his wife getting ready for the 2017 Emmys, “Don’t hurt ’em, Bird! #emmys2017 How can it get any better than this?”

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