Fresh off Emmy success, Sterling K. Brown poised for hit No. 2 with ‘This Is Us’

(CNN)Few people could claim to have had better weeks than Sterling K. Brown.

The “People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” actor won an Emmy on Sunday for Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series. On Tuesday, his new show “This Is Us” premiered to rave — if not tear-filled — reviews. And Wednesday, it was announced the series notched more than 10 million viewers in its debut, making it the network’s highest-rated scripted program in the 10 p.m. time slot in more than six years.


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But even before all this success, Brown had a positive outlook on the weeks to come.
“I just try to enjoy the moment because I know how long it’s taken to get to this moment and I know how fleeting it all can be,” he told CNN in an interview this summer, just after him Emmy nomination and just as buzz about his new show was beginning to stir up. “But when you look at the totality of the journey, I’ve been blessed each and every step of the way.”
Journey is a good way to describe it.


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“He has so many things going well in his life but he still had this void and this lack of knowledge from whence he came,” he said. “And he just needed to know and I can understand that.”
In the episodes that follow the premiere, Brown said the story “gets deeper.” In addition to revealing more about Randall’s father and his past, the series will explore socioeconomic issues.
“Randall being affluent because of the job that he has, his father nothing affluent at all, different issues of identity in terms of the climate of race in this country right now, what it means to be black, how one identifies as being black but also being raised by a white family — like there’s all sorts of interesting and ripe soil for us to explore that I’m excited to explore,” said Brown.
Brown said he doesn’t define success as anything other than paying the bills and putting food on the table. (He has a wife and two young boys.) But “if I can do quality work with wonderful writers and directors and producers … that’s the cherry on top.”

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