Jesse Williams Speaks on Grey's Anatomy Promotion, Character

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One of Grey's Anatomy's newest cast members, Jesse Williams, has sparked discussion ever since his debut in Season Six. What can we expect now that he's a regular?

At ABC's press events this week, the actor who plays Jackson offered some hints as to what to expect, and also talked about how it felt to get a promotion this summer.

"It was wonderful. It was kind of time-release period of information," he says. "I knew I got picked up for the option and I knew it was a possibility, a narrow possibility."

"And then I got the news overseas on a break during the hiatus. So, it was great," he adds. "It was a nice little treat during vacation, to bring it all back together."

When asked what fans can expect going forward, Williams hasn't heard if the Cristina-Jackson relationship will develop or if he'll be involved in any romantic storyline.

Lexie and Jackson

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Jesse Williams' Dr. Jackson Avery made quite an impression last season.

As for the bloody finale in May and the other surviving Mercy West transfer, April, has it set them back in their quest to become part of the Seattle Grace team?

"We lost two of our roommates and good friends in the finale," he says of the tragic deaths of Reed and Charles. "We were already kind of the new guys in the hospital, so Sarah Drew's character and mine, Jackson and April, are again fish out of water."

"We just started to get acclimated and then here we are again thrown upside down."

Click here for a video of Williams' interview and leave us a comment below with your thoughts on what you'd like to see - if anything - from Jackson and April this year.

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I love lexy and sloan become together.and avery will look perfect with..torres.. LOL if she were not gay


really dont care abt sloan n lexie....they got together for the wrong reasons right from start. u guys may ignore it but he's old!!! give alex a happy ending, if not with lexie, with someone good. its been 7 seasons and he's not happy with anyone. wake up guys, if u want lexie n sloan together, u gotta find someone good for alex. at this point, i dont think even she is good enough for him


Jackson and Lexie really look good together. And I heard, they are comfy with each other off cam. Although it's kinda impossible for them to be romantically linked onscreen (coz of Mark and Alex), I wouldn't mind them being friends. As long as they interact in the show, I will be happy!


@ana114 Oh, really? Wonder what he's gonna do to deserve that?


I've been rewatching S1 recently. Nine core characters, lots of screen time. I just worry about how much we will see of the remaining six original core characters now the cast has been more than doubled.
Avery was so abviously the chosen add on for S6. He pretty much appeared for every episode once the MWers were introduced. I don't dislike Avery, he's done the bonding with Mer so he must get our approval too.
But here's hoping the original six have their storylines.And Merder (together) scenes won't be relegated to just seeing them walking out of the hospital holding hands .


I would love to see Jackson and Lexie too. They look so adorable in the picture!


it's Jesse Williams' birthday today, Happy Birthday Jesse!


the one that that Ausiello is talking about going to jail is Derek.


Re: Season 7 Spoilers
« Reply #43 on: August 04, 2010, 10:40:41 PM » -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "Latest spoilers from Ausiello: Question: As of today, I have officially seen every single episode of Grey’s Anatomy, and now I don’t know what to do with myself! Grey’s scoop, please! —Bea
Ausiello: Even though nearly two months will have passed since the shooting rampage, Derek will still be in pretty bad shape when the season starts. And I’m not talking physically. Question: What can you tell us about the Grey’s Anatomy premiere? —Claudia
Ausiello: A major character will be sent directly to jail by the end of the episode. Hint: This person has already been name-checked in this week’s AA." - Two months?! It have passed two months?! I thought it would be like a day or a week, not months. But maybye that's good, that it's not right after the finale. And who's gonna be sent to jail?!


NO!!!! Lexie belongs with Mark!!!!!

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