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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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.


This Is Us | Stills from Superbowl Sunday

February 07, 2018

After the amazing episode of This is Us on Sunday, NBC has released some stills from the episode featuring Sterling as Randall.

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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.”


This Is Us scores TV’s biggest post-Super Bowl rating in 6 years

February 05, 2018

Congratulations to the cast & crew of This is Us on their ratings of last night’s episode!

The Super Bowl itself might have been relatively disappointing in the ratings. But NBC’s special episode of This Is Us definitely scored in the Nielsens.

Early numbers mark the weepy NBC drama as the most-watched post-Super Bowl entertainment telecast in six years — and that’s despite the big game delivering its lowest rating in eight years.

The overnights (a 16.2 rating in the metered-market households) were up 59 percent from last year’s disappointing premiere of Fox’s 24: Legacy.

And naturally, this marks an all-time high for This Is Us as well. The full audience number is still to come later today.


NFL Honors 2018

February 04, 2018

Last night Sterling attended the NFL Honors.

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