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Sterling K. Brown Got Curved On "Insecure" And We're Not OK

The show may change, but his perfection stays the same.

Posted on August 7, 2017, at 5:56 p.m. ET

On Sunday's episode of Insecure, "Hella Open," Issa (Issa Rae) finally got to the fun part of being single post-breakup.


But on her first excursion out, it was Molly (Yvonne Orji) who ended up catching an Emmy-winning fish.

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Yes, that is This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown out and about like Randall's not supposed to be at home with Beth and the kids.

Insecure executive producer, Prentice Penny, told The Hollywood Reporter that Brown, who was "a big fan of the show," wanted to make an appearance. But they didn't have much time with him because of his This Is Us schedule.


The solution was to make him a love interest for Molly's character.


Molly reacted casually when Brown's character, Lionel, approached her at the bar...


She gave the man her business card.

But Twitter straight up lost its cool over the cameo.

Sterling K. Sexy Ass Brown! I'm here for this. #InsecureHBO


I'm so here for Sterling as a love interest for Molly!! #insecureHBO

Thankfully for Molly — and us — Lionel didn't let her business card play deter him from taking her out to brunch at a gorgeous restaurant where he continued to say all the right things.


But of course Molly "Can't Figure Out What She Wants" Carter somehow found a way to curve the most lovable man on TV AND SZA TICKETS!



Fans did not take well to Molly blowing off our beloved Randall, er, I mean, Lionel.

Worried one day I might choke @YvonneOrji thinking she's Molly IRL out here turning down SZA with Sterling Brown. #InsecureHBO

and molly's over here turning down sterling brown. is this the twilight zone? lol. #insecurehbo #soinsecurr

K but molly turning down sza tickets from sterling k brown sis wyd #InsecureHBO

Penny defended the storyline on Twitter, saying that Molly rejecting a man she wasn't feeling is a good thing, no matter how perfect he seemed.

Molly out here curving sterling k brown. That's growth! #InsecureHBO

"Last year, [Molly] would have been very excited to date him, but this year, she's kind of grown up," Penny told The Hollywood Reporter. "The fact that she puts Sterling K. Brown on the back burner, I think, is just kind of awesome and unexpected. You're thinking, 'Of course they're going to get together,' and I like that we didn't do that."

Even if it was brief, it was nice to see Brown's face back on TV while we wait for This Is Us to return this fall.


Till we meet again 😘

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