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Sterling K. Brown Just Delivered an Emotional Goodbye to Randall

"The character has had an effect on people," Brown says. 

By Christopher Rosa

Randall Pearson (Sterling K. Brown) is one of the most beloved characters on This Is Us. He's a great husband, a loving father, and his empathy stretches beyond the people in his immediate circle. It's no wonder, then, that Brown actually doesn't have a problem taking Randall home with him—emotionally speaking—after a long day on set. 

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"Most of the time, I think I leave him at work," he says. "But to bring him home was easy because I was bringing the best version of myself [home]." 

Indeed, in terms of heartfelt characters, Randall is the best of the best on This Is Us—but even the strongest, kindest people need to be checked on. He is no exception. 

"There are times in which [Randall] can be incredibly hard on himself," Brown says. "I wish him grace. The same sort of grace he can have for all of the other flawed people who are in his life, I wish him to extend that same level of grace toward himself." 

Of course, it's Randall's nuances that make viewers identify with him. "There's been a multitude of moments that have transpired over the past six years that have shown me the character has had an effect on people," Brown says. "I've had women come up to me with babies and say, 'I adopted this child because of you.' The marriage that he and Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) have. This example of Black love and support has been powerful." 

Also powerful: The way This Is Us is ending. "We left on top," Brown says about Season 6 (the show's last). "To leave while you'll still be missed, that's a good thing." 

Watch the rest of Brown's emotional goodbye to Randall in the video, above. 

This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. Catch up on NBC.com and the NBC App.