Jesse Williams Talks BET Speech, Anton Yelchin’s Death and What to Expect on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ This Season

Jesse Williams also took the time to speak of the late Anton Yelchin, who tragically passed earlier this month.

After the actor had been awarded the Humanitarian Award at the 2016 BET Awards, he gave an incredibly moving speech on racism, human rights and police brutality. But following the well-deserved standing ovation, the Grey’s Anatomy star explained to Entertainment Tonight why he said what he said.

“I’m here for all the incredible protestors, activists, attorneys, organizers that are sacrificing [an] incredibly great deal to be heard and get access to equal rights and justice in this country,” he revealed on Sunday (June 27, 2016). “[The BET Awards] recognizing me is really recognizing them in my view, and I think that means that we’re getting traction.”

Williams also opened about Yelchin’s death and how it affected him. “He was just a really gentle soul but I found his talent to be really radiant and I always made a point to see anything I saw he was in,” he shared. “As an actor, a lot of times we get competitive and kind of standoff-ish and I just realized he had an incredible talent and I wanted to make sure he was somebody I looked to emulate and he made great choices. So it’s a really crazy loss.”

As for Grey’s Anatomy, Dr. Avery said the whole cast is excited to start filming. “This year I think we’re diving right back where we left off. I have no idea what’s about to happen but we’re about to go back in a couple of weeks so I’m about to find out,” he added.