Sterling K. Brown Dishes on What to Expect from the This Is Us Season 2 Premiere

August 16, 2017

Sterling K. Brown wants to promise fans that the season 2 premiere of This Is Us will not disappoint.

“It’s a full episode,” Brown, 41, tells PEOPLE’s Editor-in-Chief Jess Cagle in the latest episode of The Jess Cagle Interview (streaming now on the People/Entertainment Weekly Network) of the Sept. 26 return of his hit NBC drama.

Brown — who won an Emmy for his portrayal of prosecutor Chris Darden in The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story last year and is currently nominated for his work on This Is Us — says his character Randall will begin the show’s sophomore season pushing his wife Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) to adopt a child like Randall was adopted.

“He wants to sort of fulfill the legacy of his parents Jack and Rebecca, honor William’s [Randall’s birth father (Ron Cephas Jones)] memory, by adopting,” says Brown. “Beth doesn’t quite see it exactly the same way as Randall does, so they’re having a conversation, if you will, around this whole adoption issue.”

Unsure of how to proceed, Randall goes to seek the counsel of his mother (Mandy Moore).

“She tells him that it wasn’t automatic for her. When she first saw me as a baby she had to be convinced by Jack (Milo Ventimiglia), and Jack was just insistent, and he pushed, and sometimes there has to be that person in the marriage who pushes, who sort of guides the other person in the direction that they need to be,” says Brown. “She talks about how this stranger became her child, this child became her life, and that’s … Randall.”

“The adoption storyline is big and the way that we go about it transforms from Randall’s original perception of how he thinks it should be,” Brown continues. “So Beth and Randall come up with a compromise together for what works for them as a couple, similar to how Rebecca and Jack did — but it looks a little bit different.”

And Brown adds that his costars Chrissy Metz, who stars as Randall’s sister Kate, and Justin Hartley, who stars as Randall’s brother Kevin, are also in stages of big transition in season 2.

“The storylines are great because you have Kevin and his newfound career, or like resurgence of his film career, simultaneously trying to balance that with his relationship with Sophie,” says Brown, who is married to his Stanford University sweetheart, Ryan Michelle Bathe, and their sons. “Trying to find balance as an actor right now I can say is one of the most challenging things about ‘success’ because you want to be able to give everyone the time that they deserve, professionally and personally. And so, I got two kids at home, 6 and 2. I got a wife of 11 years who’s also in this business as well, so I empathize with Kevin on the journey that he takes throughout season 2.”

Brown says Kate’s burgeoning singing career is actually going to create a bit of conflict between the mother and daughter on the show.

“It’s something that she and her mother sort of shared with one another … and it’s interesting too because the relationship between mothers and daughters, like mothers and sons is like, we’re simpatico. But mothers and daughters can often have a sort of friction-full relationship, so we’ll see how this singing sort of brings up that tension between the two of them.”

But Brown says the tension is worth it for fans to get to hear Metz sing.

“She’s got a beautiful voice,” he says. “Chrissy Metz can sang.”

Watch Sterling K. Brown’s full episode of The Jess Cagle Interview before season 2 of This Is Us premieres Sept. 26 on NBC.

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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!

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!

This Is Us Fans, We’re Going to Learn How Jack Died in Season 2

May 16, 2017

E!Online speaks with the cast of This is Us at the NBCUniversal Upfronts and we find out we will finally find out how Jack died during Season Two.

It’s the TV death we’ve all been waiting for and dreading.

Some This Is Us fans felt a little disappointed that the NBC hit didn’t reveal how Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) died by the end of the first season. Well, be careful what you wish for, because we’re about to learn how TV’s new favorite dad passed when the show returns for its second season this fall.

“I know we’ll find out how Jack dies and I know we’ll see it,” star Sterling K. Brown revealed to E! News at NBCUniversal’s 2017 Upfront. “Don’t cry yet! I can’t tell you exactly when it will happen…it will happen this season.”

So yeah, start emotionally preparing yourselves now, people.

But Susan Kelechi Watson is hoping fans don’t focus too much on Jack’s death.

“I think it’s so much more important to watch his life,” she explained. “There are jewels in there and so many other connective things we’re going to play with that to watch that play out is going to be something just as great as finding out how he passes.”

As for other season two storylines, Brown said he’s hoping for some flashbacks. “Hopefully, the backstory between Randall and Beth will get exploration!”
While Mandy Moore revealed that This Is Us doesn’t go back into production until July, we were able to get one spoiler about the new season.

When we asked if Randall and Beth are ready for a baby, as he revealed he wanted to look into adoption in the season finale, Watson told us, “I’m not! That’s a spoiler!”

For more season two scoop from the cast of This Is Us, watch the video above.
This Is Us will air Thursdays this fall on NBC.

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