One of TV's breakout stars of 2016 was surely This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown. And the Emmy-winning actor has a talented wife as well. Sterling K. Brown's wife, Ryan Michelle Bathe is an actor you have definitely seen if you're a This Is Us fan — she plays Yvette, the mother of young Randall's friend. The recurring character has been a key person in the Pearson past timeline, in which Yvette helps advise Jack and Rebecca, who are Caucasian, on how to cut Randall's hair and she introduces them to a man that the young child can look up to as a male African American role model.
Since Yvette is present in young Randall's timeline, this means that unfortunately Bathe and Brown have not shared any scenes together yet, since Brown plays adult Randall during present day. But no matter which timeline Yvette is in, the character still resonates with both Brown and Bathe. "My wife and I, from time to time, will see Caucasian families that have adopted a black child," Brown told USA Today. "Particularly with a couple of young African-American girls, my wife, she's like, 'I need to tell these people how to do their girls' hair, because they don't know what they're doing.' They're so incredibly well-meaning at providing love and family support but there are certain things, like ... maintenance of Afro-Americana, that a lot of white folks don't know."
You may also recognize Bathe from her roles in Boston Legal, Brothers and Sisters, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Private Practice, Harry's Law, and Army Wives. She also played Miss Flanagan on ABC's Dr. Ken, Jessica Sanders on Retired at 35, and Denise Parker on Franklin and Bash. She appeared as Jackie in the 2012 movie One for the Money, starring Katherine Heigl.
According to Essence, Bathe met Brown while they were both students at Stanford University, where the couple met as freshman while living in the same residence hall and wound up starring in a play together, perhaps their first experience as co-stars. They both went on to receive Masters of Fine Arts degrees from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, according to IndieWire. The couple has been married since 2007, according to IMDb, and they have two children.
Brown and Bathe became co-stars again in Lifetime's Army Wives, where Brown starred as psychiatrist Dr. Roland Burton throughout most of the show's run and Bathe played Charlie during Season 6 of the series.
It seems that together, Bathe and Brown are a dynamic duo off-screen and on-screen.