Who is Jesse Williams’ ex-wife Aryn Drake-Lee? Wiki Bio

Aryn Drake-Lee was born in Chicago, Illinois USA, on 12 December 1981 – her zodiac sign is Sagittarius and she holds American nationality. Aryn is a real estate broker, who gained public recognition after she married and later divorced Jesse Williams, a famous American actor and film director and producer.

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Childhood and education

Aryn was raised an only child in Chicago by her white father who was a businessman, and her black mother who was teaching at a local high school. Her parents had many problems with their families as they were not supportive of their decision to marry someone of different color.

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Aryn studied at French American International School in San Francisco, California at which she learned how to speak and write both French and Spanish, and she was also physically active as she played volleyball and tennis. Upon matriculation in 1999, Aryn enrolled at Columbia University’s Barnard College located in New York City, from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2003.

Career as a real estate broker

While she was still studying at Barnard College, Aryn began working at the company Webb and Booker in Harlem, which was at that time regarded as one of the best black management companies in New York.

She stayed with them for a year before moving to William B. May Company, where she was a real estate agent for two years before being offered the position of an Associate Real Estate Broker at Brown Harris Stevens, and she went on to become one of their best brokers.

Aryn has been working at Brown Harris Stevens for over 10 years now, and is currently based at their office in Park Slope.

Love life and divorce from Jesse Williams

Aryn and Jesse Williams met in 2007 when he was teaching history at a local high school in New York City – Jesse wasn’t popular back then, as he hadn’t launched his acting career yet. The two started dating, and were together for over five years before marrying in a small ceremony in Los Angeles, on 1 September 2012, attended by their closest friends and family.

Jesse Williams and Aryn Drake-Lee

The couple welcomed their daughter Sadie Williams in December 2013, while their son Maceo Williams followed in October 2015.

After becoming a famous actor, Jesse filed for divorce in April 2017, refusing to pay Aryn spousal support while he also demanded joint custody over their children. Aryn stated in an interview that she helped him while he was working his way up in the film industry, but that now  he’s famous, he wants to be single. However, Jesse was soon seen with actress Minka Kelly on several occasions, and it was confirmed that the two were together for several months by July 2017.

Aryn requested from the court that she gains sole custody over Sadie and Macoe, and that Jesse pays her spousal support and even though she is today getting $100,000 a month from Jesse, the court have given them joint custody over their children.

Aryn is currently single while Jesse has been in a relationship with the American actress Taylour Paige since the summer of 2019.

Hobbies and other interests

Aryn likes to spend her free time at the gym where she is mostly focused on doing cardio, and she is also following a strict diet, thus her hourglass body figure. She enjoys reading books in her spare time – her favorite writer is Nicholas Sparks as she is a hopeless romantic, while some of her favorite books are “Dear John” and “Message in a Bottle”.

Aryn is a lover of animals with her favorites being cats and elephants; she likes to travel and has been to several US states while she has also travelled to Africa, Europe and Asia on multiple occasions.

Aryn is keen on watching comedy movies and TV series, and some of her favorite actors and actresses are Tom Hanks, Matt LeBLanc and Courteney Cox, while some of her favorite movies are “The Terminal”, “Groundhog Day”, and “When Harry Met Sally” – her favorite TV series is “Friends”.

Appearance and net worth

Aryn is 38 years old. She has long curly black hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) tall, and weighs around 121lbs (55kgs). As of June 2020, her net worth is estimated at over $2 million, while Jesse’s net worth is reputedly over $8 million.

Who is Jesse Williams? Wiki Bio

Jesse Wesley Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois USA, on 5 August 1981 – his zodiac sign is Leo and he holds American nationality.

Jessie is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Dr. Jackson Avery in the romantic drama series “Grey’s Anatomy” since 2009, which has been airing since 2005. The series stars Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr., and is about five surgical interns working at a local hospital. It’s won 76 awards including two Golden Globes, and has been nominated for 221 others.

Jesse was raised alongside his two younger brothers in Chicago, by their mother Johanna Chase who was a professional potter, and father Reginald Williams who was the owner of a small moving company – he became a history teacher in 1998. Jesse attended Moses Brown School where he became interested in acting, and started appearing in school plays.

Upon matriculation in 1998, Jesse enrolled at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both film and media arts, and African-American studies in 2002.

He launched his career by becoming a high school teacher, and he taught American and African Studies for six years before deciding to focus entirely on his acting career. He made his debut TV series appearance in 2006, when he portrayed Kwame in a single episode of the police procedural and legal drama series “Law & Order”, before he appeared in eight episodes of the drama series “Beyond the Break” and two episodes of the comedy drama series “Greek”.

The year 2010 saw him portray Dr. Jackson Avery in six episodes of the medical drama series “Seattle Grace: Message of Hope”, before he guest starred in a single episode of the surreal comedy series “The Eric Andre Show” in 2016, and the comedy drama series “Most Expensivest” in 2018. Some of his latest roles in TV series have been in the crime drama “Power” in 2019, the action drama “Station 19” and the drama web mini-series “Little Fires Everywhere” both in 2020.

Jesse made his debut film appearance in 2008, when he portrayed Leo in the comedy drama “The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2” – his following roles were in the crime drama movie “Brooklyn’s Finest” in 2009, the short drama film “Dirty Dancing 3: Capoeira Nights” in 2010, and the horror comedy movie “The Cabin in the Woods” in 2012.

He made his producing debut in the same year, when he worked on the drama film “Question Bridge: Black Males” and then went on to play James Lawson in the historical drama movie “The Butler”. Jesse portrayed Don ‘The Snake’ Prudomme in the biographical drama movie “Snake and Mongoose” which is about the rivalry between two drag racers, and some of the roles which followed were in the horror drama film “They Die by Dawn” in 2013, the crime thriller movie “Money” in 2016, and the comedy drama movie “Band Aid” in 2017. A few of Jesse’s latest roles in movies have been in the drama “Selah and the Spades”, the psychological thriller “Jacob’s Ladder”, and the slasher horror “Random Acts of Violence” all released in 2019.

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Jesse has also done a bit of modelling, posing for Kenneth Cole Productions and Tommy Hilfiger Corporation among other companies, and has been featured in a variety of musical videos, making his debut appearance in “When Your Heart Stops Beating” performed by +44 in 2006. In 2009, he appeared in Rihanna’s music video “Russian Roulette”, as well as in “Fall in Love” performed by Estelle in 2010. Two of his latest appearances in musical videos have been in “Tell Me You Love Me” by Demi Lovato, and “Legacy” by Jay-Z in 2017. He has also lent his looks and voice to the character Markus in the adventure video game “Detroit: Become Human”.

Jesse has short brown hair and blue eyes, is 6ft 1ins (1.85m) tall, and weighs around 174lbs (79kgs).

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