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Grey’s Anatomy Season 9 Scoop: Jesse Williams on Why He Believes April Is Jackson’s “Person” and His “Boy-To-Man” Transition – Exclusive

Is there a future for Jackson and April (Sarah Drew) on Grey’s Anatomy?

While last week’s episode seemed to close the book on their brief romance (now that Jackson’s hooking up with intern Stephanie) we would still like to see these two work out -- and we’re not alone! Series star Jesse Williams thinks loveable neurotic April could be Jackson’s “person.”

Wetpaint caught up with Jesse at Dell’s #Inspire 100 Google + Hangout at Sundance, where he was promoting his indie film They Die By Dawn, a thrilling western that Jesse says has “a lot of gunplay violence.”

Read what Jesse had to say about April and Jackson’s future, his rebound with Stephanie and Jackson's "boy-to-man transition."

Wetpaint Entertainment: There’s a Jackson/April/Stephanie love triangle happening right now. Do you think April is Jackson’s “person?”

Jesse Williams: In many ways, yes. I think whether it works out romantically or not, they’re each other’s best friend – whether they like it or not. At the end of the day, they want what’s best for each other, whether they can provide it for each other or not. It’s a fun thing to play with. And this new thing with Stephanie is also a lot of fun and different. It’s all unknown to me, though, what happens down the road... The writers are tremendous and they really give us room to play things out. It’s very choose-your-own-adventure. There’s a lot of different ways this could go and they could all be very satisfactory.

Do you think Jackson has feelings for Stephanie – or is it just a rebound?

Oh, it’s definitely a rebound. But that doesn’t mean feelings can’t develop. I think Jackson isn’t very well guarded about his feelings – he falls for who he falls for. He had no business falling for Lexie. She was clearly in love with Mark and he should have not gotten involved, but he liked her a lot and cared about her a lot and they became friends and what happened, happened. On paper, he doesn’t do what he’s supposed to do. On paper, he shouldn’t fall for this intern after seeing what a real relationship can feel like – but that doesn’t mean he won’t. Stephanie is smart girl, so we’ll see.

We’ve seen your character stand up more for himself as a surgeon recently. Will we be seeing more of that this season?

I think this is certainly a transition season for Jackson. The other doctors – they do things their own way. Yang is Yang, she’ll cut your throat if she has to. And I think Jackson is doing this boy-to-man transition. He’s learning what it's like to have real responsibilities and make his own name for himself instead of living off his family, which he’s always resented. And he’s trying to juggle that and not be bitter about it, but make it work to his benefit. There’s a difference between milking your name and not getting in your own way and I think he’s figuring out how to do that. I’m really excited, I just read Episode 17 and there’s some cool, crazy stuff happening in the hospital that I get to play around with.

Catch the next new episode of Grey’s Anatomy on Thursday, January 24, 2013, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.