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'Grey's Anatomy's' Jesse Williams talks Jackson's declaration, what to expect

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The winter finale of season 10 of “Grey’s Anatomy” is behind us but we’re still reeling. Jesse Williams, the actor who plays Jackson Avery on the show, spoke with The Hollywood Reporter on Dec 13 about his character’s decision to declare his love for April in the middle of her wedding and more.

The big shocker occurred in the final five minutes of the episode, entitled “Get Up, Stand Up.” Jackson stands up in the middle of the ceremony, with Stephanie sitting beside him, and says:

"April, I love you, I always have. I love everything about you. Even the things I don't like, I love. And I want you with me. I love you, and I think that you love me, too. Do you?"

Earlier in the episode, Jackson had related to Stephanie something he learned from his mentor, Mark Sloane, about love. Sloane told him that “If you love somebody, you tell them, even if you're scared it will cause problems or burn your life to the ground. Say it loud and go from there." Apparently Jackson took it to heart.

When asked if the second half of the season will pick up where it left off or if there will be a jump in time, Williams said a little of both. We will get to see what happens and how it affects everyone. He says it will be devastating for Stephanie. Both Matthew and Stephanie stand to be hurt by what Jackson has done, he explains. Williams calls them collateral damage of love.

While Williams can’t reveal what April’s reaction will be, he share that Jackson will have a “WTF did I just do?” moment because the declaration was completely unplanned and impromptu.

In explaining why he waited until that moment instead of acting on the numerous opportunities he’d had before that, Williams said that Jackson thought he was moving on, doing the right thing. He kept himself busy, put one foot in front of the other and just kept moving. At the wedding he had a moment to be still and the gravity of the situation just hit him.

As for where a relationship between Jackson and April could go, that’s a good question. Since they never really dated but were mostly just sleeping together, they could start over. They could also pick up where they left off or they could opt to get married. It’s something they would have to work out.

April’s lack of an immediate response has to be like a punch to the gut for Matthew. She simply stood there, mouth open looking shocked. Williams wonders if it would be realistic for her to simply turn around and say “We're going to move on and keep this marriage ceremony going." It’s probably not something Matthew would respond well to.

In the scene, Jackson stood up twice before making his declaration of love. Williams explains that it was a physical representation of how spontaneous this was. The first time, he watched as the room went silent and stared at him. It hits him how serious this is. He sits down, takes a breath and decides it’s now or never. He has to stand up and say what he feels and let people get over it.

Grey's Anatomy will be back on Feb. 27 with the second half of season 10 on ABC.

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