Sterling K. Brown is an even cooler dad in real life.
The actor regularly moves viewers to tears with his performances on This Is Us, in which his character, Randall Pearson, is the father of two girls. In real life, Sterling and his wife of 10 years, Ryan Michelle Bathe, share two sons, Andrew, 6, and Amaré, who is 1 and 1/2.
Friday night was date night for the lovebirds—they attended pre-2017 Emmys parties, so the kids had to stay home with their nanny. And their youngest son was not. Having. It.
Sterling captured the adorable, heartbreaking moment in an Instagram video, which shows Amaré crying in one of his nanny’s arms as his mother, all dolled up in a blue cocktail dress, tells him his “big brother is always going to be here” to take care of him and that she loves him.
Sterling soon takes the boy in his arms and calms him down with his smooth, soothing, baritone voice.
“Come here sweet baby,” he says. “I got you. I know you want Mommy. It’s OK.”
There is also a super adorable moment of the actor’s eldest son pretending to be freaked out by his dad.
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“Leaving the kids for a night out! #emmys2017 @ryanmichelleb,” Sterling wrote on Instagram.
The actor has been a hands-on dad from day 1; he had actually helped deliver his and his wife’s eldest son in their home.
“My wife delivers quickly,” he said on Live With Kelly and Ryan last November. “She comes crawling out of the bathroom after a while and she says, ‘I think I’m crowning.’ And I’m…like, ‘Sweetheart, you can’t be crowning. It’ your first baby. Just try to relax.’ I’m mansplaining what’s happening to her.'”
He said a midwife talked him through the delivery.
Sterling and his wife attended a total of three pre-Emmys parties. At Variety and Women in Film’s bash, the actor was seen mingling with many guests, including Julianne Hough, with whom he shared a cute hug, and taking photos with fans.
The 2017 Emmys take place on Sunday and Sterling is nominated for his second Emmy overall and his first for his lead role on NBC’s This Is Us.
Last year, the actor won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie for playing prosecutor Christopher Darden on The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story.
—Additional reporting by Amanda Williams