Jesse Williams News

Jesse Williams is an actor and model now known for his role as Dr. Jackson Avery on the ABC series Grey's Anatomy.

He also played Lena's boyfriend Leo in the film sequel The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.

He also stars in the upcoming Joss Whedon horror film The Cabin in the Woods.

Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois to a Swedish mother and an African American father. Williams graduated from Temple University with degrees in African American Studies and Film & Media Arts.

He taught American Studies, African Studies and English at a Philadelphia public high school following a brief modeling career in college.

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Jackson Avery Grey's Anatomy
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Grey's Anatomy Quotes

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.

Meredith

[narrating] "At some point, you have to make a decision. Boundaries don't keep other people out, they fence you in. Life is messy, that's how we're made. So you can waste your life drawing lines or you can live your life crossing them. But there are some lines that are way too dangerous to cross. Here's what I know. If you're willing to throw caution to the wind and take a chance, the view from the other side... is spectacular."

MEREDITH