Grey’s Anatomy actor explains why he was nervous about leaving the series

Jesse Williams, the actor who plays Jackson Avery on Grey’s Anatomy, revealed why he was nervous about leaving the series.

Working on Grey’s Anatomy since 2009, Jesse has forged bonds with the cast and audience, but it was time to go new paths, including in his career as an activist, and in May 2021, he announced he would be stepping down from the show’s regular cast, but not without feeling a certain fear of not being able to find work as an actor again due to his political life.

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In interview with WWD, Williams reveals: “I had an expectation of what would be projected onto me, and I was consistently and pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t as constrained as I thought it would be. It was not new to me, but it was new to the world: I was very politically present in the world. Years ago, at the beginning of the Black Lives movement, I was in Ferguson. I went a lot [presente] in the news all the time, speaking truth to power, in a very direct and aggressive way, in ways that people have never actually seen actors do in my generation. And then I had this persona, where if you didn’t watch Grey’s Anatomy, the way people knew me was as a straight forward person who has a perspective. And I found that I started losing a lot of jobs after that speech.


Fortunately, things worked out for Jesse Williams, who recently received a Tony nomination for his performance in the play Take Me Out, which even featured a full-frontal nude scene.

More about Grey’s Anatomy

Grey’s Anatomy is a medical drama series that began in 2005 on ABC in the United States. In Brazil, Netflix helped popularize the series, but the title left the service at the end of 2021.

The fictional series focuses on the lives of interns, residents and surgical assistants as they grow into experienced doctors while balancing personal and professional relationships.

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Carol M.

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