"I could ascend to heaven a happy man," quips Brown, who also would love to share Pearson family time with Bryan Cranston.
This Is Us - Season 3

As always-striving, sometimes overstepping family man Randall Pearson on This Is Us, Sterling K. Brown has enjoyed some memorable guest-star moments, such as wrestling with his brother, Kevin (Justin Hartley), while Seth Meyers breaks it up, and battling his therapist (Pamela Adlon). But as NBC's hit family drama heads deeper into its story and starts to near the finish line, Brown has a few ideas of actors with whom he'd love to see cross paths and match wits.

"Bryan Cranston just came to mind," Brown tells EW. "If Walter White could find his way into the Pearson universe, that would be something pretty incredible."

You're goddamn right it would be. Other choices? "My biggest acting crush is probably Robert Downey Jr.," he continues. "I’m watching a lot of The Good Fight right now. I’m loving Delroy [Lindo] and everything that he does on that show. [Christine] Baranski is absolutely wonderful. I hope they’re able to finish their season in a way that’s satisfying to its viewers because they had to stop [in the middle of the season]. That’s really, really good."

But there is one actor lurking in Brown's brain that stands above the rest on his wish list. And he just happens to be Lindo's costar in Malcom X. Let's call this one the perfect Training Day for Brown. "Dream beyond dreams... If I was somehow related to Denzel Washington and we had a chance to have the epic scene of all scenes, I could then ascend to heaven a happy man," he says.

Sterling K. Brown; Denzel Washington
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For much more with Brown, check out this link at 2 p.m. ET for a wide-ranging 92Y panel with the cast and creator Dan Fogelman.

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This Is Us - Season 3
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