Jesse Williams has starred in several films, but the one that has earned him a warm place in the hearts of movie lovers is ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. The casting of the role of Dr. Jackson Avery in the television series was one of his career-defining moments, especially for his work on television.
The television series Beyond the Break, in which he played Eric Medina, is another act that put him in the spotlight. Apart from movies and television shows, Jesse Williams has also done a lot for the theater. He also modeled for a while during his college years and appeared in music videos, but didn’t take this part of his life seriously. However, his life as an activist is very important to him. He is currently the youngest board member of a civil rights group known as The Advancement Project.
Who Is Jesse Williams?
Professionally, the American Brocken is an actor, director, producer, and activist in one. But before he was all that, Jesse Williams had a normal life like most children after he was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 5, 1981.
For his high school education, Williams studied at the Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island. He then went to Temple University, where he completed a double degree in African American Studies and Film and Media Arts. Looking at him now, who could have imagined that Jesse was once a teacher? Well, he was and did for six years in the Philadelphia public school system, where he studied American, African and English Studies.
His interest in the arts drove him to enroll in an acting class in 2005, and as a result, he began to get roles in movies, television series, and theater. Since his debut, his talent has been felt in the entertainment industry, and his fans seem to be addicted to it and would do anything to get him on screen, including launching a campaign. One such case occurred in 2012, when fans tried to persuade filmmakers to cast Jesse Williams as Finnick Odair in the Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
His television career boasts shows like Law & Order, where he appeared in an episode in 2006. He also has two episodes of the Greek ABC Family series Greek and eight episodes in which he plays Officer Eric Medina in Beyond the Break.
His biggest television recording to date could be attributed to his role in Grey’s Anatomy, which he began playing in October 2009. The following year he became a regular on the popular series.
He played his first movie role in 2008 in the sequel to The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. In the same year, he was given his first leading role in the film The Cabin in the Woods, which was released in 2012. In 2010 he starred in Brooklyn’s Finest alongside Hollywood greats such as Richard Gere, Wesley Snipes, and many others.
One of his behind-the-camera roles was that of executive producer of the documentary Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement. He also founded a production company known as farWord Inc. in 2012.
Jesse Williams Parents
Both parents of the good-looking actor are strangers to the limelight. His mother, Johanna Chase, is a Swedish professional potter, while his father, Reginald Williams, is an African American with a touch of Seminole lineage. Johanna and Reginald raised Jesse and his two siblings – younger brothers who are well versed in the visual arts.
His parents influenced his earlier interest in teaching, as they taught in the public school system, but this did not stop his mother from pursuing her pottery.
Kids, His Wife – Aryn Drake-Lee, And Divorce
Aryn Drake-Lee is a successful real estate agent, but it was her marriage to Jesse Williams that put her in the spotlight. After being together for a while, they sealed their love in holy matrimony in September 2012. Two lovely children, Sadie and Maceo, are the result of this marriage, which later broke up.
Jesse filed for divorce after living together as husband and wife for nearly five years. Soon he began dating actress Minka Kelly, but they were not destined for each other and went their separate ways in January 2018. Sports reporter Taylor Rooks seems to be the woman in Jesse’s life at the moment, and their love began to bloom in May 2018.