Sterling Earns An Emmy Award Nomination

July 13, 2017

Congratulations Sterling on your Emmy Award Nomination! It is well deserved and we are so proud of you! Be sure to tune in to watch the Emmys on September 17th.

Best Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)
Anthony Hopkins (Westworld)
Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)
Matthew Rhys (The Americans)
Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)
Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us)

Also a huge congratulations to Sterling’s co-star Milo for his nomination too!

The Hollywood Reporter Drama Actor Roundtable

June 26, 2017

Sterling participated in the Hollywood Reporters Emmy Drama Actor Roundtable at the end of May and I thought you might enjoy reading excerpts from the discussion!

Six stars at the top of their game — including Billy Bob Thornton, Sterling K. Brown, John Lithgow and Jeffrey Wright — open up about appreciating early struggles (“You forget what it feels like to dream”), the indignity of typecasting (“Terrorist No. 3 — I’d rather be broke”) and the pros and cons of being one of only a few who know where your character is going.

Ewan McGregor has been a movie star for 20 years, but he’s still petrified every time he takes on a new role. “My wife will tell you — there’s a two-week period of, ‘I’m not going to be able to do it,’ ” he says. Fifty-year veteran John Lithgow is in the same boat — just two days earlier, he admits, he suffered a bout of stage terror. The fear seems to resonate with the four other stars — Sterling K. Brown, 41; Riz Ahmed, 34; Jeffrey Wright, 51; and Billy Bob Thornton, 61 — who’ve gathered with Lithgow, 71, and McGregor, 46, on an April afternoon in Hollywood for an intense discussion of the choices they’ve made, the stereotypes they’ve avoided and the occupational hazard of uncertainty. Says McGregor, “We’ve been remembering lines for years, but the nerves, in my experience, get worse and worse.”

What are the parts you get approached for that make you say, “Not this again”?

RIZ AHMED (The Night Of, HBO) When you first start seeing gay characters in mainstream cultures or black characters or Muslim characters, they can start off as the stereotypical portrayal — it’s the cab driver, the shopkeeper, the drug dealer. And then sometimes, hopefully, you move beyond that, and it’s still storylines that are tied to that character’s ethnicity or their sexuality, but they’re working against those stereotypes. I was lucky that I came into the game just when we were moving from that stage one caricature into stage two. So a lot of my early work deals with the issues around the war on terror or Islamophobia, but I’m proud to say it deals with and engages those issues in creative ways and I hope in ways that move us forward rather than doubling down on lazy stereotypes. But yeah, there was a lot of, like, Terrorist No. 3 stuff — I just made a decision I wasn’t going to do it. I thought, “I’d rather be broke.”

Sterling, an L.A. Times column recently praised This Is Us for showcasing a black actor portraying “the simmering rage of the successful black man in white America.” What does that mean to you?

STERLING K. BROWN (This Is Us, NBC) What I love so much about the show and about the character of Randall is that he is black on purpose. So many times, for the sake of diversity on network TV, there’s going to be a black guy or a Latino guy, et cetera, and they just happen to be that. But the fact that he is black and we actually use that to tell the story of a black man being raised by this white family and still has the experience of being black in America … The feedback I get from people is, “We don’t get a chance to see this that often: a successful black man married with two children who is happy and succeeding but still has to deal with the fact that life is not the same, the paths that we walk are going to be different.” A white woman who had adopted two black sons was asking me the other day, “What types of things do I need to tell my sons?” And I said, “Well, when you’re horsing around and somebody gets singled out for being in trouble, when you’re a little black boy, it’s not just boys being boys, there’s an added level of scrutiny.”

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TVLine Podcast: Dream Emmy Nominee Sterling K. Brown Reflects on This Is Us Phenomenon, Teases Funnier Season 2

June 19, 2017

TV Line shared their podcast where they interviewed Sterling to discuss This Is Us, his fans, and the Emmys.

This Is Us MVP Sterling K. Brown would be the first to tell you that the last thing he ever expected was to be famous — never mind so famous that he’d end up being interviewed for The TVLine Podcast as one of our Dream Emmy nominees. “I always thought that I would just be working in obscurity in perpetuity,” he admits to Executive Editor Kimberly Roots. Like, “‘You’re that guy from that guest spot!’… or ‘I loved you on Supernatural!’”

Luckily, the Emmy winner (for American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson) sounds like he’s adjusted beautifully to his now-extremely-high profile. Take, for instance, his sweet reaction to being approached by fans of his hit NBC drama or his gratitude for the public service that the show provides by allowing a nation divided to, at least for an hour each week, “say, ‘It’s not us vs. them, this is us — we’re all in this together.’”

Listen to the interview here:

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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This Is Us Secrets! The Show Was Nearly a Movie — About Octuplets!

May 26, 2017

The cast of This is Us is featured on the cover of the new Emmy Magazine and People.com gives us the highlights!

Believe it or not, the Big Three were once meant to be the Great Eight!

In an exclusive First Look at emmy magazine‘s June cover story on NBC’s breakout drama This Is Us, creator Dan Fogelman reveals he originally wrote around 80 pages about the Pearson family in 2015 with the intention that of telling their story on the big screen.

Instead of the twist fans saw at the end of the series’s pilot, the Crazy, Stupid, Love writer says, “There was going to be a reveal at the end [of the movie] that they were octuplets born in the late ’70s or early ’80s.”

Fogelman soon realized it would be a challenge to fit what he had in mind into the confines of a one-off movie, saying in hindsight, “The reason I was struggling with [the film] wasn’t the plot; it was about these characters and how I didn’t want to ‘beginning-middle-and-end’ them. I wanted to do this continuous story — which felt very much like the theme of the show.”

And in the two years since the show was first just a gleam in Fogelman’s eye, the continuous story of the real world outside of the Pearson’s lives has offered up its own twists, including cultural and political shifts to which executive producer Ken Olin to partially attribute the show’s success.

“I don’t know whether This Is Us would have been the same kind of success at a time when people felt safer,” says Olin, who’s best known for starring on the ’80s series thirtysomething. “I think there’s a great need for a humanist sensibility and a voice for hope. And not schmaltzy hope. [This Is Us] is saying that we can see life for as difficult and sad as it can be at times and still find decency, honor and truth.”

Star Sterling K. Brown feels fans’ thirst for those qualities almost daily as viewers of all stripes and leanings approach him to praise This Is Us.

“There will be black men my age who are very thankful for the representation, older people, younger people, gay, straight, transgender,” he notes. “[I’ve had] conversations across the board, talking about how this show is something special, that it’s entertainment and edification, but it’s also healing in a very beautiful way at a time in our country when things seem incredibly divisive. I feel like everybody — Democrats, Republicans, liberals, conservatives, what have you — can enjoy the subject.”

Fogelman agrees, “As divided as the world is, the human experience doesn’t change that much.”

Breakout star Chrissy Metz, whose character Kate was inspired by Fogelman’s overweight sister and who has become a beacon of body positivity thanks to the show, has also seen the positive impact her character has had on lives in the real world.

“I can’t go anywhere without somebody saying something,” she shares. “A woman told me that the show has created a dialogue between her and her daughter, who never spoke about her weight, and she started crying and I started crying. Others say, ‘Can I just hug you?’ It’s about so much more than just acting.”

This Is Us returns to NBC this fall.

This Is Us Cast Talks Red Nose Day

May 26, 2017

NBC has released an episode highlight from the Red Nose Day Special featuring the cast of This is Us … and their season 2 spoilers! LOL!

Sterling on Running Wild With Bear Grylls

May 23, 2017

Last night Sterling’s episode of Running Wild With Bear Grylls aired on NBC. If you haven’t had a chance to watch it you can watch it on NBC.com now!

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