Sunday night’s SAG Awards marked a sweet victory for NBC’s resident tear-jerker This Is Us. If you watched the ceremony, you’ll remember Sterling K. Brown’s emotional acceptance speech for best actor in a TV drama, plus the cast’s general excitement while accepting the award for ensemble in a drama series. But the love fest didn’t stop there: once Sterling got backstage, he continued to gush about his onscreen family.
I was in the press room on Sunday night when Sterling stepped in to talk about his historic win (he’s the first black man to win for best male actor in a TV drama!). “This was awesome,” he said, referring to both his win and the cast’s ensemble win. “My cast has been so generous in celebrating me and this wonderful journey that I have been on. That tonight we get a chance to celebrate each other, we get a chance to celebrate together . . . this is the dream.”
While he was on stage, Sterling also admitted that the cast did not expect to win. “We were all ready for them to say The Handmaid’s Tale, and we were all waiting to politely and deservedly say, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale is dope.’ But when they called our network TV drama, you know, none of these shows look like us! The fact that we get a chance to come, and we won?! This is a very special night, and I told my cast this is a ‘top five’ special night. In terms of these awards, it’s nice to be able to do it with the family.”