Sterling K. Brown's Favorite Part of 'This Is Us' Character: "He's Black on Purpose" | Drama Actor Roundtable
"A successful black man, married with two children, who's happy and succeeding in life, but still has to deal with the fact that life is not the same," says Brown on his 'This Is Us' character.
For This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown, his favorite part about his character, Randall, is that "he's black on purpose," he tells The Hollywood Reporter during the Drama Actor Roundtable.
He explains that often, for the sake of diversity on television, "there's going to be a black guy or a Latino guy, and they just happen to be that." With Randall, however, he says, "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, who still has the experience of being black in America ... I enjoy it a great deal."
The actor says that he also enjoys the positive feedback from fans. "The feedback that I get from people when I'm out on the street is, 'We don't get a chance to see this that often,'" he says, adding, "a successful black man, married with two children, who's happy and succeeding in life, but still has to deal with the fact that life is not the same."
Brown credits showrunner Dan Fogelman with allowing him to bring his perspective to the role. "The collaborative aspect of it was welcomed. Dan would say, 'I'm not one hundred percent sure about this,' and I was like, 'Let me give you my perspective.'"
He adds, "I can't give you all of black America, but I can give you my perspective, and then hopefully that will ring true as we put it out into the world."
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