Grey’s Anatomy’s Jesse Williams has revealed even though the spring premiere has been pushed back a bit, it will be worth the wait.
He revealed how it’s pure madness while promoting his new ad campaign, Old Spice. The actor shared that they have found a way to have concentrated, dense episodes towards the middle of the season.
Jesse said, “I’ve got to say, we have found a way to have really highly concentrated, dense episodes towards the middle of the season with a lot of this incredible combination of loss and joy and progress in these characters’ lives. But when [we] come back, yeah, it’s going to be fairly terrifying and exhilarating.”
In the few episodes that aired, Grey’s Anatomy had Meredith Grey seemingly on the mend following her COVID-19 diagnosis. The character played by Ellen Pompeo was on a COVID-high. She was in even worse condition after trying to revive a patient as her lungs shot and she is kept on a ventilator.
Meredith was against that and since then her outlook for survival looks terrifyingly bad. The actor shared that there is a lot of personal journeys and a lot is at stake. He said, “There’s a lot of personal journeys and there’s a lot at stake losing your grip on what’s real and what’s stable in life, and dealing with the pandemic on the show has been really cathartic for viewers to feel.”
“I call her because she is one of the last of the broads that we have”
Jesse further added, “Yes, it has value in imagining elsewhere, but there’s also value [in] understanding. A show like this is news for some people — and I don’t mean that everything is a fact; — but it is a way to get a human side to statistics to stories and to nameless, faceless stories. These are actual people that have loved ones that were born that his sister and a mom and a brother and they’re struggling with it they’re not just a stat or a demographic so that’s important.”
The actor plays the role of Dr. Jackson Avery on the show and has been a part of the show since season 6. He admitted that even he is feeling uneasy about how Meredith is going to do when the show returns. The actor also shared that he is a little nervous but maintained an optimistic outlook on her coming out of the COVID-19 battle.
He shared that there is got to be hope and he can see it as she is a “hilarious broad”. The actor said, “There’s got to be hope. As far as I can see, there’s hope. She’s a really hilarious broad; I call her because she is one of the last of the broads that we have. In a lot of ways, we’ve all got a lot invested in this and she kind of represents both the sheer terror; and the very real and reasonable feeling we have of what’s kind of been washing over this. But also our fight, our ‘stick to it[-ness],’ our preparedness and it really does put into perspective, live your life now.”
“I really enjoyed all of them and would love to get a chance to work with them again”
The actor further added to form your relationships now and people remember how you make them feel. He said he does not think there is anybody in TV history that made people feel as much as Meredith Grey.
Jesse further addressed his former-co stars returning to the show. He has never shared scenes with Patrick Dempsey and T.R. Knight. However, he is personally holding out hope for a former cast member like Eric Dane, Jessica Capshaw, and Sandra Oh to come back on the show.
Talking about Sandra, he described her as a “beast” and said how incredible she is. He further talked about Eric as he shared how much fun he had working with him. The actor shared, “I really enjoyed all of them and would love to get a chance to work with them again. All of these people we’re talking about are both incredibly funny; incredibly powerful as dramatic actors and they can switch in and out of that in a way that is pretty unmatched.”
Jesse also confirmed what his co-star Camilla Luddington hinted back in December that there is a return more shocking than McDreamy’s in the season 17 premiere. He confirmed, “I would think so. It’s all relative and who you’re invested in, but I think so.”
The actor further added his thoughts on what he is most looking forward for Grey’s fans to experience. He shared how he is most excited for their fans to see them be really brought to the brink by what’s happening in their world.
The actor said, “Really have empathy for the folks around us; that it’s impacting and much harsher ways than it might be for us,” he previews. “I would like for it to be a cohesive experience that brings us together; brings us a level of understanding for our brothers and sisters around us; and also showing us being able to pull the hell out of this thing stronger and make us really think about what is it that we want to be doing with our lives. It ain’t promised. How do you want your days to go? And start there.”