Sterling K. Brown doesn’t want to be a sex symbol.
The “This Is Us” star sat down for a new interview with Playboy to discuss his body image and how it has affected his career.
“I’m not popping out of my clothes per se, but if I ever take my shirt off, you’d be like, Oh snap, I didn’t see that one coming,” Brown said.
“I don’t think I’ve ever gotten a job because of the way I was built. People have seen me as being a good actor and they hire me for things in which they need a good actor.”
Brown also spoke about the problematic history surrounding the sexualization of black men in media.
“It’s a slippery slope, and it’s one that is dangerous,” he said. “It’s nice to have your sexuality celebrated, as long as you’re being celebrated in total, as a whole human being and not fetishized as one particular thing.”