Jackson (Jesse Williams) took his own advice — or, at least, the advice he passed along from Mark Sloan — in the December 11 episode of Grey's Anatomy — Season 10, Episode 12: "Get Up, Stand Up."
After telling Stephanie (Jerrika Hinton) of Mark's (Eric Dane) adage — "Say it loud and go from there" — Jackson realized that those words could apply to his own life, too, and his relationship with April (Sarah Drew).
It was an accidental mirror that he put up in front of himself and an accidental reflection," Jesse tells The Hollywood Reporter. "It was a really interesting thing that Mark said, and it stuck with him and in the hours that follow. Jackson has been sitting in the pew and realizes, 'That's me that I'm talking about. This is one of those opportunities where you're supposed to blurt something out and do something about it. Everybody else be damned, and you just have to take care of yourself.'"
Jesse clarifies that Jackson's bold move was in no way premeditated — recall, if you will, that Jackson was originally going to skip the wedding.
And he also reminds us that Jackson bore witness to Mark waiting too long to say those three magic words to the love of his life, Lexie — and that this was actually the first time he or April had said a certain trio of words to one another.
"Jackson and April have never said, 'I love you,' to each other until that moment when he stands up in the church," Jesse continues. "There's something profound, spontaneous, romantic and authentic about that because it's the first time either one of them say they love them to each other. It just happens to be at the wrong person's wedding. Maybe it's because they spent too much time trying to make their relationship perfect instead of just blurting it out and figuring out the rest later. It's where Mark's words were really helpful."
Yeah, so the timing of the love confession wasn't optimal, but at least Jesse got it off of his (incredibly muscled) chest.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter