Watch: Sterling ‘Bae’ Brown Explains That Viral Thirst Trap Emmy-and-Abs Pic

I thought it couldn’t get any better than Sterling K. Brown winning an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama for This Is Us. But it did! The head makeup artist on This Is Us, Zoe Hay, and head hairstylist Michael Reitz decided to gift the world with a snapshot of Brown proudly holding his new Emmy with his shirt pulled up just so, revealing his rock-hard, drool-worthy abs. Yes, Living God of the Tabernacle of Deliverance!

So when the good folks from the movie Marshall asked us to come to the junket to interview their stars, Brown, Chadwick Boseman and Josh Gad, I said yes because of Brown alone!

Full Disclosure: The Root was flown to Los Angeles to interview the cast of Marshall and to specifically make Sterling K. Brown blush.


Obviously, I asked Brown about these epic photos, and his bashful reaction made me love him more. He smiled, covered his mouth, cackled, attempted to explain and then shared with me that he’s never at a loss for words, but I got him. Ha! Mission accomplished!

Check out the video above of Brown explaining those thirst trap photos, and you’re definitely going to love him more because he traps with purpose. And watch This Is Us tonight with me on NBC!

Pretty. Witty. Girly. Worldly. One who likes to party, but comes home early. I got stories to tell. Prince (yes, that Prince) called me excellence. Achievement unlocked.

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K. Araújo

His body is a blessing and a balm. Jesus.