Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams just made some major news. During an appearance on Denzealots, a podcast by comedians W. Kamau Bell and Kevin Avery, Williams admitted he’s got a bunch of films in the works, including a biopic on Civil Rights activist and fellow actor, Harry Belafonte.
Williams mentioned the projects after being asked how it feels to constantly be asked about his opinion on social issues given his outspokenness on race and justice. While the actor, who holds a degree in African American Studies, admitted he cares more about activism than acting, he also said that as a husband and father he has to pick and choose when and how he engages.
“I care more about activism and social justice and law than I do about acting. I have an awesome job that I love, but there’s this magnetic force that is constantly pulling me toward activism. I just have to do it” Williams said. “I’m a father now, I’ve got responsibilities, and there’s only 24 hours in a day.”
While Williams said he often wishes he could attend many of the events he’s asked to participate in, he has to prioritize his time because in addition to being a husband and father, he’s currently working on three film projects.
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“I’ve got to practice saying no for my own sanity,” he said. “I’m really exhausting myself, to be honest.”
Williams’ full plate includes two documentaries–one on the school to prison pipeline he’s producing with Norman Lear, and another on the Black Lives Matter movement for BET. If that wasn’t enough, the Grey’s star said he was also producing and staring in a film on Belafonte.
“I’m really stretched super thin,” Williams admitted.
While there’s no word on when each of these products will hit the screen, we cannot wait to see how they all turn out.
Listen to Williams’ entire interview on the Dezealots here.