Sterling K. Brown Was a Struggling Actor at 25. Now, He Has an Emmy.
Sixteen years ago, I was living in a fourth-floor walk-up in Harlem that cost $85 a week. During the summer, it got so hot that I’d ride the bus up and down 125th Street just for the air-conditioning.
Best Childhood Memory
My dad making me French toast for every birthday breakfast. On my tenth birthday, the last one I spent with him—he died the following year—I devoured a platter of it. Then he told me something was stuck under the plate. When I looked, I found $100 and just lost it: $100 and French toast?
Binge-watching a great show. I went to Target once and picked up three seasons of 24—what I call the Jack Bauer power hour—and watched 72 episodes in ten days.
Best Gut Decision
Asking my now wife, Ryan, to be a part of my life again. It had been three and a half years since we stopped dating, but I was still in love with her, so I called and asked to swing by. When I got to her house, she was on the treadmill. I told her how I felt, and she said, “I’m working out right now. I don’t have time to do this.” She started jogging—and I started jogging right alongside her, telling her how much I wanted her back. I had to sweat to prove my love.
Best Date Night
"Going to a steakhouse without a 2-year-old asking to be breastfed and a 6-year-old who wants attention."