Named GQ’s Breakout Actor to watch, triple threat and strikingly handsome Sterling Sulieman, best known as the nefarious Nate St. Germain in Pretty Little Liars and power-hungry Prince Escalus in Still Star-Crossed, has quickly become one of the most buzzworthy actors of his generation.
This fall, he’s back on the small screen starring opposite Jaina Lee Ortiz (Girls Trip) and Jason George (ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy) as Grant, a delectable sous chef and fiery love interest of one of Seattle’s finest in the ABC smash hit Station 19. Check out what Sterling had to say to Chilled.
Tell us a bit about the projects you are working on.
At this moment, Station 19! I’m very happy to still be part of the Shondaland family. I’m also voicing a character in the latest installment of Telltale’s The Walking Dead game. And I’m also just finishing up my first feature comedy script with my writing partner, Ryan Garcia.
With your busy schedule, what do you like to do with your downtime?
I don’t have an obvious schedule, so I like to think I’m always working. I love creating and doing art/theater/film things. But aside from that, I love to work out, hang out with friends, and travel. I finally went to Peru and Cuba just last year—those had been on the list for a while. I also partake in the occasional music festival or two. I’ve gotten addicted to dancing in the desert.
When you go out to eat, where do you like to dine?
It’s L.A.; great food is everywhere. I like to keep it local to avoid traffic. But one of my favorite restaurants in L.A. right now is Rosaliné on Melrose. The flavors in the food are amazing, and so is the ambiance. I’ll also eat Mexican or Japanese food anytime, anywhere.
What types of dishes do you usually order?
I’d love to be a vegetarian, but I’ve failed at that about three times now. So right now it’s meat and seafood. I love fish. And lamb.
Do you cook?
I love to cook. I sometimes have a friend or two over for dinner or brunch. It’s creative and delicious … can’t get much better than that. And the drinks are free!
What types of drinks do you order when out?
I’m one of those lucky people who can drink everything and not get hung over, so it depends. I have wine with most dinners, tequila with Mexican food, and beer and sake with Japanese food. At a bar, I usually do a whiskey on the rocks, or if I’m feeling swanky, I go with a Martini because I’m secretly hoping to play James Bond … big dreams!
Do you prepare drinks at home?
Yes, but I am no mixologist. I have the materials to make Martinis.
Do you own a home bar?
I just moved into a new place this June and have the space for a home bar. I love it. It gets more use than my iron!
What’s it stocked with?
Stoli, Cazadores, Jameson, Johnnie Walker Black, and of course, some bottles of wine.
What is your favorite drink/cocktail?
I like a Moscow Mule in the summer, but honestly, I like to order whiskey on the rocks, and a soda water on the side.
Have you ever been a bartender?
Once, when work was slow, I got certified to be a bartender from one of those schools. Then I got a job to bartend with a catering company before I promptly booked a pilot, so I never actually got to try out my skills. Maybe one day I’ll play a bartender, though I have forgotten most of what I learned. I think I would have really enjoyed being a bartender.