SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations Screening of ‘Marshall’

October 11, 2017

Sterling has been busy promoting his new film Marshall and this time he attended the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Screening held in Beverly Hills on Monday. There are images from the screening in our gallery.

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Rape Foundation’s Annual Brunch

October 11, 2017

This week Sterling attended the Rape Foundation’s Annual Brunch … such a great cause! There are images from the event in our gallery.

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Sterling K. Brown Talks Fathers and Sons, Saints and Sinners

October 09, 2017

Sterling spoke with Brendan Francis Newman for Dinner for One’s radio interview. You can listen to the full interview here.

Actor Sterling K. Brown won his first Emmy for portraying Christopher Darden in “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” And he won his second, a little over a week ago, for his performance as Randall Pearson in the acclaimed NBC drama “This Is Us.”

His latest role in the biographical drama “Marshall,” which tells the true story of one of the first cases of future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Sterling plays Joseph Spell, a man accused of rape and attempted murder of a wealthy socialite, and Marshall chooses to defend Spell.

Brendan met with Sterling before he won his recent Emmy. Sterling talked about a change on the horizon of casting in the television industry, why his “This Is Us” role resonated with him, and more.

Interview Highlights:
On how Randall represents a change in the way people of color are portrayed on television

Brendan Francis Newnam: Well, let’s talk about this character you play. You play Randall. And he was adopted and raised by a white family. You’ve said that you like playing him partially because he’s “black on purpose.”

Sterling K. Brown: What I mean by that is so many people or people of color who happen to be on network television, oftentimes wind up playing roles that are all ethnicities submitted. And it is a wonderful sort of thing because it allows for people of color to have roles where they may not have before, in terms of colorblind casting. But I think the next step forward from colorblind casting is actually seeing people for what they are and using all of what they bring to the table to help tell the story of that character.

So, if you’re dealing with an African-American, or a Latino, or an Asian, you make reference and address their culture and their experience within this country, and you use that to help tell the story of that person. They’re not just Asian by coincidence or black by coincidence. So, I like the idea that we’re moving in that direction, where people are being fully seen and appreciated for their differences rather than trying to wash them away and have us all become something that is more homogenized.

On how Randall’s backstory and white family influence Sterling’s portrayal

Sterling K. Brown: I ask myself these kinds of questions a lot. My wife and I have conversations. There’s certain sort of cultural touchstones that my wife and I share with one another by virtue of being born the same year in St. Louis, Missouri, both African-American, having a similar education, as well. And so, there’s a lot of those things that Randall probably missed out on and had to play catch-up with.

I have a friend of mine from St. Louis who’s married to a guy who’s black, who was raised by a white family on the East Coast. And so, I’ve had the opportunity to talk to him on occasion about what his experience, and he’s like, “I was constantly trying to figure out what the joke was. People would make references to these movies that I had never seen or music that I hadn’t heard, but through time and because I had a genuine curiosity, I sought it out.”

And I feel like Randall’s that person that actively sought out his culture through his exposure through this mentor he had as a child named Yvette and being around her children. And then, later on, when you choose somebody like Beth for a wife– oftentimes, men choose women that look like their moms or remind them of their moms in some way, but Randall made the choice to choose this black woman to share his life with, and I think she probably helps him, also, you know, educate him in those cultural touchstones that he may have missed out on in his youth.

On how Randall’s storyline with his biological father resonated with him

Sterling K. Brown: Stories about fathers and sons always have a particular resonance for me in my life because I was 10 years old when my dad passed away. And so the opportunity to sort of explore this relationship with William and Randall was intoxicating because the question that I asked myself entering into it, I said, “If my dad were around or someone who I knew could possibly replace my dad or replace that father figure in my life, I would do everything that I could to pursue that relationship.”

And so, now Randall is given that opportunity. Now there’s this biological father that he’s finally found, and there’s so many what-ifs that if you don’t actively pursue it, they’ll just remain what-ifs, and then what-ifs usually lead to regret.

And so, he had to — even though he thought when he first met William that he just wanted to chastise him and show him how much he had made of his life in spite of his absence, what he was really longing for was that sense of connection. You don’t go 100 miles away from your home and wind up bringing somebody home to stay with your family unless there’s something on the inside of you that is really longing for something that’s missing.

On working on courtroom dramas like “Marshall” and “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” and how he scrutinizes scripts

Sterling K. Brown: I mean, the history of the African-American male and how they’ve been treated systemically by the criminal justice system is sort of at the forefront of both of those stories. And it’s the reason why black America rejoiced when O.J. Simpson was acquitted of murder of Ron and Nicole, and it’s the reason why the NAACP had Thurgood Marshall going around the country looking to defend African-Americans that they felt were not getting the defense that they deserved and possibly were being falsely accused because the system doesn’t seem to have us in their best interest all the time.

It seems as if there’s another eight-ball that you’re working behind as an African-American male where you’re almost presumed guilty, and you have to prove your innocence, which is not the way in which it’s supposed to work.

Brendan Francis Newnam: Do you feel like, in some way, having that heightened awareness of that situation in society–is it a heavier weight to bear when you’re delivering those lines or scrutinizing those scripts?

Sterling K. Brown: Yes and no. So, there are things that I’ve always been aware of as a black actor that I can’t do in the same way as some of my white counterparts because of the way in which it might be perceived. And I give… The most innocuous one that I think of immediately is “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.”

I think Jim Carrey is absolutely amazing in “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” but if a black actor gave you the exact same performance, like, note for note, people would be like, “Why is this brother making an ass of himself?” Right? It just comes across in a very different way.

And so, I’m cognizant of that sort of thing as I take on roles and look at what I’m doing because–not that I want every character that I play to be upstanding or whatnot, but I don’t want them to be an embarrassment to black people, right? That is important to me. I want to play as wide a breadth of people as I can, saints and sinners alike, but I don’t want to embarrass nobody.


Posters & Stills from Marshall

October 06, 2017

I have come across some new stills and promotional images from Sterling’s film Marshall and have added them to the gallery.

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Chadwick Boseman And Sterling K. Brown Remember When There Could Only Be One Black Actor In A Movie

October 06, 2017

Not too long ago, the idea of two prominent black actors starring in the same film was practically unheard of. So the fact that Chadwick Boseman and Sterling K. Brown share the screen in Marshall — a movie about Thurgood Marshall (Boseman) defending Richard Spell (Brown) after a white woman (Kate Hudson) accuses him of rape and attempted murder — is particularly worth celebrating. “There was a period of time where it would only be one person,” Chadwick Boseman told BuzzFeed News. “It’d be Denzel [Washington] in this movie, it’d be [Lawrence] Fishburne in that movie, Sam Jackson in that movie, and Morgan Freeman in this one. … Very few opportunities where you would see them working together.”

So while there’s still quite a long way to go until there’s true equality in Hollywood, Boseman and Brown are glad to be a part of the improvements that’ve been made. “I feel blessed to be in a time where I can do this movie with him … and I can do a movie with Michael B. Jordan and it’s okay,” Boseman said, referring to Marvel’s Black Panther. “It doesn’t even have to be such a big deal because the opportunities are not so scarce. And that’s an important moment to note.”

That progress is reflected in both actors’ upcoming projects. In February, Boseman and Brown will reunite in Black Panther, which co-stars Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, and Forest Whittaker. In addition to working with Susan Kelechi Watson and Ron Cephas Jones on NBC’s This Is Us, Brown will co-star with Trevante Rhodes and Keegan-Michael Key in next summer’s The Predator.

Brown hopes similar substantive opportunities are afforded to actors of every background. “I want to see a diverse enough landscape where everybody gets a chance to shine,” he told BuzzFeed News. “You know, everybody gets a chance to eat … and not just a tasty side dish, but folks are getting some meat and potatoes into their bodies.”

Watch the interview clip here.

Sterling Visits The Talk to Discuss Marshall

October 06, 2017

Here is a clip from Sterling’s interview on The Talk to discuss his new film Marshall … I think this is a good reminder to the importance of this issue and it is opening up a needed discussion.

Emmy-winning actor Sterling K. Brown opens up about his new movie ‘Marshall,’ about Young Thurgood Marshall who worked as a lawyer for the NAACP. “It’s such a powerful sort of reminder to me as the history of this country and how intrinsically tied racism is in it. It will never go away, but you can’t ignore it,” explains Brown. “It’s only through the discussion and active sort of like recognition that this is something that needs to be addressed that you can actually move forward. So I feel like today, 2017, we tend to think the momentum of society is to always progress… but sometimes it feels for me that we may have taken a step back. But, you know, when you take a look at a movie like this, I hope it jars people to the reality of “no, we can’t go back anymore. It’s time to move forward.”

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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