Jesse Wesley Williams (born August 5, 1980) is an American actor, director, producer, and activist. He played Dr. Jackson Avery on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy from 2009 until 2012, and he has also acted in the films The Cabin in the Woods (2012), The Butler (2013), and Band-Aid (2017). In Detroit: Become Human, he also supplied voice acting and motion capture for Markus (2018).
Williams was born in Chicago to skilled potter Johanna Chase and Reginald Williams. Jesse Williams’ mother is a Swedish American, while his father is a Georgia-born African American. His two younger brothers are both artists who work in the visual arts. Williams graduated from Providence, Rhode Island’s Moses Brown School in 1998. His father began teaching history in northern Maine after graduating from high school, while his mother continued to work in the pottery industry.
Williams had a five-year relationship with Aryn Drake-Lee before marrying her on September 1, 2012. Sadie Williams (b. December 2013) and Maceo Williams (b. December 2014) are the couple’s children (b. October 2015). In April of 2017, the couple filed for divorce.
What Brought Them Together:
Williams stated in one of his interviews that he met Aryn Drake-Lee when he was still a history teacher. Aryn and Williams, who both had a lot going on in their lives, were friends at first and then started dating. Despite becoming a teacher, Williams aspired to be an actress. Later in life, the ambitious actor studied acting and relocated to California to look for movie parts. Aryn had consented to accompany him to the city and had relocated with him.
Their love was stronger than everything, and the couple, who had been dating for five years, decided it was time to marry in 2012. They married on September 1, 2012, in an awe-inspiring ceremony attended by family and friends in Los Angeles. They received their first child, a daughter named Sadie Williams, in 2013 and a son named Maceo Williams in 2015.
The pair co-founded an app called Ebroji App while they were still dating. Ebroji’s GIF Keyboard App groups GIFs into categories such as ‘Feeling Myself,’ ‘Awkward,’ ‘Eye Roll,’ and many more. The software, which was meant to appear and sound like the user regardless of ethnicity, was a huge hit, putting money in the masterminds’ pockets.
Both Aryn Drake-Lee and Willimas have kept their personal lives secret before and after their marriage, making it impossible for the public to learn the exact reasons for their marriage’s collapse. Even while they were still married, questions arose since Drake-Lee rarely appeared in public with her then-husband. But, in interviews, Jesse expressed unreserved adoration and gratitude for his wife, which was usually hidden by loved-up photographs of them spread throughout social media platforms. However, something between the two appeared off.
When the couple filed for divorce in 2016, their suspicions were verified. According to several stories, Jesse Williams’ adultery was a factor in the divorce. These rumors, however, were debunked by Williams, who mocked them on different venues, including JAY-short Z’s film Footnotes for his 4:44 album. He spoke about love, relationships, and life with Will Smith, Chris Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Aziz Ansari, and Anthony Anderson, among others.
Williams addressed the adultery charges in the media, albeit he did not mention his estranged wife’s name. The actor criticized the widespread notion that he abandoned a 13-year relationship with a lady he adored just because he met an attractive coworker.
After more than four years of marriage, Williams filed for divorce from Drake-Lee in April 2017. A court concluded later that year that the couple would share joint legal custody of their children and ordered Williams to pay his ex $160,000, with $100,000 going toward spousal and child support and $60,000 going toward her attorney bills.
Williams was ordered to pay Drake-Lee over $50,000 a month in spousal support and divide the residuals he earned during their marriage in January 2018. In addition, he was held accountable for her legal and accounting bills. Despite receiving shared physical custody of their children in March 2018, Williams rebuffed Drake-request Lee for extra money that summer, claiming that he was already overpaying her.
Since then, the two have been fighting in court for money. According to People, they formalized their divorce in October 2020, agreeing to shared and legal custody of their children as well as the requirement that they consult each other before publishing images of the children on social media.
What is Jesse Williams’ Net Worth and Salary?
Jesse Williams is an actor, director, and activist, best known for his performance as Dr. Jackson Avery on the ABC medical drama series “Grey’s Anatomy.” Jesse Williams has a net worth of $12 million. He has also appeared on the big screen in such films as “The Cabin in the Woods,” “The Butler,” and “Band-Aid.” As an activist, Williams is involved in advocacy groups focused on racial injustice and civil rights.