Sterling K. Brown’s marital advice: ‘never stop talking, laugh a lot’

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Warning: this post contains minor spoilers for this week’s episode of This is Us

I know a lot of This is Us fans think Jack is the show’s best father, but, for my money, you can’t top Randall. He’s the king of the “Dad joke” and loves his wife Beth and his kids (even his no longer foster daughter, Deja, although I have a feeling she may be rejoining the household in the near future, judging by Tuesday’s episode).

The wonderful Sterling K. Brown, who plays Randall, either based the character on himself or has learned a lot since taking on the role last year (I tend to think it’s the former). While Randall has Beth, Sterling has Ryan Michelle Bathe. The couple met at Stanford University, have been married 11 years and have two adorable sons. Their social media posts make them look very much in love.

Sterling recently chatted with ESSENCE about the show and his role in Black Panther (which I still haven’t seen *ducks*) and shared the secret to a happy marriage. (Hint: it does not include an anniversary piano.) Says Sterling, “Number one, never stop talking. Problems arise when people stop talking to each other.” The second rule is a given, knowing Randall’s affection for a pun, “Laugh a lot, we crack each other up constantly!”

As for what Randall has taught Sterling, he says that his TV alter ego “is such a caring individual if anything, his Achilles heel is that the feels too much.” But, he adds, “his feeling keeps him open and available to anything, anyone. He’s not someone who closes himself off.” Sterling concluded with asserting, “I do the best I can and I feel like that’s the way most people are. We do the best we can until we know how to do better. And Sterling Brown prides himself on putting his best foot forward.”

When asked if it’s in his contract to take on role that make audiences cry, Sterling joked, “It’s not in the contract!” and said “I never thought that would be sort of my calling card.” He then assured us that “I’m gonna start doing more stuff that doesn’t make people cry. I promise, so that there will be balance brought back to the universe.” Can I love this guy any more?

And, just in case you thought you were the only one whose heartstrings get pulled each Tuesday night. Sterling wants to assure you that you’re not alone, telling the Insider that “I cry like a baby when I watch ‘This Is Us. I’m probably the most embarrassing person to actually watch the show with.” He added, “I’ve read the scripts and I’ve done the acting, but still, I cry like a baby.”

The ESSENCE interview is a gem, especially when he admits what film recently made him and his son cry – but, warning there are minor Black Panther spoilers here, so if you haven’t seen it yet, don’t watch.

With Sterling’s two high-profile projects, both This is Us and Black Panther, he’s had to keep mum on plot details. When asked by Entertainment Tonight which secrets were harder to keep, he replied, “You know what? I got asked about how Jack dies so much, that was probably the harder one to answer.” He went on to explain that, ”With regards to Black Panther, I just didn’t say anything because I knew the Marvel universe — like, I was not going to have the whole thing collapse because Brown has loose lips. So, I would say that Jack is probably the one that I got asked to keep closest to.”

Despite just finding out about these Black Panther spoilers (thanks, Sterling), I still plan on seeing it, and I can’t wait until Sterling hosts Saturday Night Live next weekend. You know there’s going to be a send up of This is Us, and I am ready for Sterling to make me laugh for a change.

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  1. Sara says:

    This couple is ridiculously handsome. I do not watch “This is Us” but Brown was stupendous in the People v. OJ.

    • Oliphant says:

      Ooh yes I fell in lust with him on that show, great actor and HAWT!


    • Lucy2 says:

      He was so good on that! He and Sarah worked very well together. He’s also very good on this is us, but I just couldn’t with that show.
      He’s a very talented guy, glad he’s having his moment.

    • SM says:

      Came here to say the same thing as Sara. They are gorgous. And he was superb in People verus OJ

    • SK says:

      Wow! They are ridiculously gorgeous, as are their kids. And you can tell they’re super into each other. Very cute!

    • Parigo says:

      Yea, this doesn’t look like my kind of show but he always comes off as ridiculously talented, grounded and gorgeous.

  2. Stella in NH says:

    A beautiful couple.

  3. NameChange says:

    Love them! His wife is gorgeous. I have hair envy right now, LOL.

  4. AN says:

    Love Sterling and he is SO in love with his wife. It’s too cute and it seems to mirror how he plays Randall being in love with Beth. It’s lovely.
    He seems like such a lovely person to know in real life.

  5. jferber says:

    He is one hot man.

  6. Eribra says:

    Loved him in supernatural. Actually, I hated his character but loved the actor

  7. Tiffany says:

    I hope there is a skit about his crying skills. The man is a pro at them.

    I know he is doing SNL but I really want him to do a comedy, TV or movie next.

  8. susiecue says:

    Haha his kid looking so Over It at the Black Panther premiere

  9. Goldengirllover34 says:

    When I saw Black Panther and saw him in it I gasped bc I had no idea and knew that I would cry at some point. This man always makes me cry!

  10. sadie77az says:

    He’s so right about the talking and laughing. That’s pretty much all you need to get through the hard times. I’ve been married exactly twice as long as he has and it’s still true today. He’s cute, but he married up. She’s stunning.

  11. Theodora says:

    His wife is not only beautiful, she seems more elegant and stylish than most Hollywood actresses on the red carpet. I love all her outfits in these photos and the way they suit her make-up and hair.

  12. Patty says:

    What a beautiful couple!

  13. CommentingBunny says:

    I loved him in Black Panther, I love him on This Is Us, I love him on interviews … he just seems so lovely. And his wife, wow, she’s stunning!

  14. holly hobby says:

    Loved him in Marshall too. I don’t think it did that well in the box office but he and the cast were excellent in that movie. It’s about a case that Thurgood Marshall oversaw not about his life. I was surprised it was not a biopic but Sterling was excellent in that one!