Sterling K. Brown may have won over a new fan with his portrayal of Christopher Darden on "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story."
The actor appeared on Monday's Access Hollywood Live to discuss the hit FX anthology, and revealed that Darden's daughter, Jenee Darden, recently reached out to him about his work depicting the famed prosecutor.
"His daughter Tweeted me after the last episode and said, "'@sterlingkb1' – that's me on Twitter – 'You look a lot like my dad. Kudos to the makeup department,'" Brown told Billy Bush and Kit Hoover.
He said he wrote back thanking her for watching, and added that he's also discovered he could have had a positive influence regarding her opinion of the series itself.
"I saw a blog [Jenee] wrote where she was hesitant to watch the show at first, but she read some interviews I had done and said I've had some empathy for her father, so that made her a little more open to the experience of watching," he said.
According to Brown, she also touched upon how difficult the whole ordeal was for her and the Darden family.
"I think she said she's enjoyed it, but at the same time it was painful. She was 15 years old at the time, her father received death threats, it was a very, very tough time," he said.
"But she's been watching," he added.
As for his own reaction to Simpson's acquittal, Brown recalled being a freshman at Stanford at the time and watching the verdict with a group of fellow students in his dorm.
"The unbridled enthusiasm of the black students was just uncontainable," he said.
"It was triumphant, like we had gotten off or something like that. And the other 50 percent of the students in the dorm were looking at us like, 'What are you celebrating?'"
Brown explained that he hadn't considered "the socioeconomic" factors of the case while it was happening, like Simpson's wealth affording him a "dream team" of defense lawyers.
Instead, he said, he was drawing from his own experience with police and law enforcement while growing up in St. Louis.
"As I look back on it, it wasn't a matter of me celebrating whether or not [Simpson] was innocent or guilty. I don't know if I knew the answer to that question at that time. What I knew was that somebody who looked like me was finally having the criminal justice system work in his favor rather than against him," he said.
"The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" airs Tuesday nights at 10 PM ET/PT on FX.
-- Erin Biglow