Is Dr. Jackson Avery making a return on Grey's Anatomy?
by Ana Walia | Fri, 25 Feb 2022 13:26:11 GMT
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Jesse Williams who plays Dr. Jackson Avery on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ hints at a possible return.

Actor Jesse Williams who has played Dr. Jackson Avery for 12 seasons on ‘Grey’s Anatomy recently revealed that if he gets an opportunity to make a return on the show, he’d not turn it down. Jesse spoke to Entertainment Tonight and said, "I'd consider it. He still exists in the world of the show. So, yeah, it's a total possibility."

Jackson Avery was last seen on the show in the middle of season seventeen when he decided to move to Boston to run Catherine Fox Foundation and was accompanied by his ex-wife April Kepner played by Sarah Drew. Jesse Williams appeared in a total of 270 episodes of ‘Grey’s Anatomy and is one of the beloved characters on the show. Talking about the little spark between April and Jackson that the audience saw during the last time they saw each other and decided to move to Boston together, Jesse Williams said, "I would imagine they're definitely around each other and they're definitely seeing each other, for sure.”

The possible hint of a return to the show comes after a year of biding goodbye with an emotional message from the actor on his social media that read, "I will forever be grateful for the boundless opportunities provided me by Shonda Rhimes, the network, studio, fellow castmates, our incredible crew, Krista Vernoff, Ellen Pompeo and Debbie Allen. As an actor, director and person, I have been obscenely lucky to learn so much from so many and I thank our beautiful fans, who breathe so much energy and appreciation into our shared worlds. The experience and endurance born of creating nearly 300 hours of leading global television is a gift I'll carry always. I am immensely proud of our work, our impact, and to be moving forward with so many tools, opportunities, allies and dear friends."

The showrunner Krista Vernoff shared on Jesse Williams’ exit at that time, Jesse Williams is an extraordinary artist and activist. Watching his evolution these past 11 years both on screen and off has been a true gift. Jesse brings so much heart, such depth of care, and so much intelligence to his work. We will miss Jesse terribly and we will miss Jackson Avery – played to perfection for so many years."

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Whether Dr. Jackson Avery makes a return on Grey’s Anatomy or not, that’s the question for the showrunners to decide but for Jesse Williams, things are happening like his much-anticipated turn on stage in the Broadway revival of ‘Take Me Out is finally happening at the Hayes Theatre in New York City after being delayed for two years. Jesse along with Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Patrick J. Adams spoke to Entertainment Tonight about their Broadway show.

Patrick J. Adams and Jesse Williams are not only going to make their Broadway debuts but are also going nude for the show. Jesse Williams talks about stripping down as a professional baseball player named Darren Lemming, who decides to come out as gay and goes against his teammate Kippy Sunderstrom played by Patrick J. Adams who warns him about his decision. Jesse said, “Everything debuts, [it’s] not a partial debut. This has gotta be the smartest play that involves nudity. There’s something about it, it’s so fully integrated into the play. When I first heard about Take Me Out, and I just heard naked guys in a play, you sort of make assumptions that maybe it’s sort of gratuitous or not necessary. But with this play, it’s so fully integrated into the fabric of really what it’s about: people being stripped bare and getting down to the basics.” Adams adds to his statement, “It’s kind of great in that way. You feel like you’re servicing such a beautiful play.”

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson shared that the revival play directed by Scott Ellis has not changed much and still manages to resonate with him today as it did when he first saw it. He said, “When I saw this play, it was very timely. But I thought, ‘Probably in two years it won’t be anymore’. And here we are [20] years later, and racism and homophobia are still very relevant.”

Talking about the LGBTQ representation, Ferguson said, “We haven’t had anyone on the level of the character in this play [come out]. I know they exist. I wish there was more visibility in sports. I don’t think this play is going to make anyone come out of the closet. But I think that it certainly shines a light on what the current climate is.” Jesse Williams shared that he reached out to Debbie Allen, Chandra Wilson, and Sara Ramirez to invite them to the opening thinking that all of them have made their on Broadway adding, “I think folks will all show up. Nobody’s responded to any texts yet, but I’m pretty sure it’s probably a signal issue.”

Talking more about Grey’s, ‘Grey’s Anatomy recently got renewed for season nineteen and the makers have no plans to make it the last season but the lead star Ellen Pompeo who plays Dr. Meredith Grey has expressed that she’s ready to say goodbye to ‘Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital’ during an interview with Insider where she mentioned that she has been trying to focus on convincing everybody that Grey’s Anatomy should end.

Should It? Do you wish to see Dr. Jackson Avery back?