‘Little Fires Everywhere’: Why Does Pearl’s Father Look so Familiar?

by Jeremy Spirogis
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On the flashback episode of Little Fires Everywhere, viewers bought to see how Mia and Elena was the moms they’re today. Pearl’s father, Joe, was lastly launched within the episode, and he might look acquainted to some. The character is portrayed by Jesse Williams — an actor who’s appeared in plenty of in style TV and movie tasks.

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Jesse Williams in ‘Little Fires Everywhere | Hulu

Who is Jesse Williams and what else has he been in?

Jesse Williams is an American actor who began his appearing profession in 2006 when he appeared on an episode of Law & Order. Early in his profession, he was featured on exhibits like Beyond the Break, Greek, and The Washingtonienne. The actor additionally had roles in plenty of in style films, together with The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, The Cabin within the Woods, and Brooklyn’s Finest

In 2009, Williams was solid within the recurring position of Dr. Jackson Avery on the hit ABC medical drama, Grey’s Anatomy. He’s been on the present for 11 seasons and remains to be a part of the principle solid. Williams additionally carried his Grey’s Anatomy position over to Seattle Grace: Message of Hope and Station 19

Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery and Justin Chambers as Alex Karev on ‘Greys Anatomy’ | John Fleenor by way of Getty Images

The ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ star was a historical past instructor

In a 2015 interview with Essence, Williams revealed that he was a highschool historical past instructor earlier than he made the swap to appearing. He stated he was all the time enthusiastic about historical past and instructing, however he additionally wished to do extra to assist underserved communities.

“I thought there are ways that we could tell stories that could have a lot of value in communities that are constantly being told that they’ve come from nothing,” he informed the outlet. “I made a decision to take part within the storytelling course of and discovered you could truly do a whole lot of good on digicam, by actually giving voice to characters and storylines. I began on stage in New York and did some Law & Order. I bought fortunate a couple of occasions on some small roles, some cool movies and a bit present referred to as Grey’s Anatomy.” 


Jesse Williams can be an activist, director, and producer

In 2016, Williams starred in and produced the BET documentary movie, Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement. He additionally works and heads quite a few civil rights tasks, together with The Advancement Project and the Question Bridge: Black Males web site. He has additionally written for shops like The Huffington Post and CNN. 

At the 2016 BET Awards, Williams was honored with a humanitarian award. In his highly effective acceptance speech, he touched on topics like racial inequality and police brutality. Soon after it aired, the speech went viral. 

Jesse Williams position on ‘Little Fires Everywhere’

On the Hulu collection, Little Fires Everywhere, Williams performs Joe Ryan, Pearl’s (Lexi Underwood) organic father.  As seen within the flashback episode, he and his spouse Madeleine (Nicole Beharie), ask a younger Mia (Tiffany Boone) to be their child’s surrogate mom. 

Nicole Beharie and Jesse Williams in 'Little Fires Everywhere'Nicole Beharie and Jesse Williams in 'Little Fires Everywhere'
Nicole Beharie and Jesse Williams in ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ | Hulu

It’s unclear whether or not or not Williams’ character will return within the remaining episodes of the season. But if Pearl insists on discovering her father, he might make one other look quickly. 

New episodes of Little Fires Everywhere air Wednesdays on Hulu.

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