Sterling K. Brown: “Fogelman, you wrote a role for a Black man, like a role that can only be played by a Black man.”
Hollywood, California — On Sunday night, Sterling K. Brown became the first Black actor to earn the ‘Best Actor in a Drama TV Series’ award at the 75th Golden Globes. The award was given due to his role in NBC’s This Is Us — an emotional hour-long drama about a generational story of the Pearson family.
In the series, Brown plays Randall Pearson, a successful businessman who was adopted by a loving white family and has been searching for his biological father all of his life.
Furthermore, the 41-year-old actor was the only African-American individual in the category, trouncing over actors such as Freddie Highmore, Bob Odenkirk, Liev Schreiber, and Jason Bateman.
“I’ve never been the first brother to do anything. I was the fourth black student council president, was the fourth JV captain to my basketball team. Finally, to be the first of something is really interesting because I never considered my self to be a trailblazer. I just try to stay in my truth all the time. If I come from a place of truth, that’s all I can do,” said Brown.
Along with his recent accomplishment, this is not the first time Brown has made history at an award show. Last year, he was the first Black actor in 19 years to win the ‘Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series’ award at the 2017 Primetime Emmys.
“I can’t worry about trying to be Jackie Robinson or anybody else. I’m honored at HFPA that they took upon a character from a little network television show where we have 42 min and 30 seconds to tell the same kind of story that other people get to do in 60 minutes. I feel a tremendous amount of pride and I look forward to seeing somebody else stand up here holding this trophy, not 75 years from now,” said Brown.
After accepting the Golden Globe, Brown said an inspiring speech about making television history.