by Denise Johnson Stovall
Special to the NNPA from The Dallas Examiner

Jerrika Delayne Hinton speaks during an almni event at the Meadows School for the Arts at Southern Methodist University (Courtesy of SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY)

Jerrika Delayne Hinton, who plays Stephanie Edwards on Grey’s Anatomy, has made her family and friends in Dallas proud. A feisty yet compassionate doctor, her character occasionally changes her surgical gown to wear a sexy party gown or provocative blouse to get the attention of hospital surgeon, Dr. Jackson Avery, played by Jesse Williams.

Grey’s Anatomy is a highly acclaimed medical drama from ABC Studios. It follows a surgical resident named Meredith Grey beginning her career at Seattle Grace Hospital along with fellow residents Izzie, George, Alex and Cristina.

At Seattle Grace, Stephanie and the other doctors make new friends, new enemies and new lovers. The series follows the staff of Seattle Grace: Richard Webber, Miranda Bailey, Derek Shepherd, Callie Torres, Mark Sloan, Owen Hunt, Lexie Grey and others through the hospital, finding personal and professional decisions are not black and white, only shades of grey.

In September 2012, it was announced that Hinton had been cast as a new intern for the show’s ninth season. In January 2013, Hinton along with other newcomers to the show were given the option to become series regulars if Grey’s Anatomy were to be renewed.

Not just a star on the show, Hinton can be seen almost everywhere. She made her prime time debut as a guest star on the ABC television hit show Scandal. She is in commercials for McDonald’s, Hanes Underwear and Best Buy.

Hinton, 32, was born and raised in Oak Cliff. Her father, Avaleon Hinton, continues to work in the Dallas area. Her mother, Cynthia Hinton, is a retired Dallas government worker. Her early education included Margaret B. Anderson Elementary, Mark Twain Leadership Vangard School and Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy. She was an exceptional student and was accepted to enroll in the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center for Talented and Gifted Magnet High School.

With a natural love for the theatre, Hinton grew up attending plays by the Dallas Children’s Theatre. She even participated in church plays written and directed by her mother.

“As a child, I worked vey hard on what I did,” Hinton said. “I had a good example.”

“Parents want to give them something that is contrary as well as something that looks good,” her mother explained. “It is always good for them to have a good example to follow.”

Before her television roles, Hinton taught acting at the East L.A. Classic Theatre. She also volunteers in secondary schools at Career Development Days. In 2012 Hinton wrote, directed and produced a film, which premiered at the San Francisco Black Film Festival.

She currently teaches writing and acting workshops and continues to tour other film festivals across the country. Hinton also continues to seek out meaningful projects in the acting field.

“I was blessed to grow up in a diversified community in Dallas known as Oak Cliff. That’s where I first hit the theatre acting with my Girl Scout troop at Margaret Anderson Elementary.

“My mother said to me, ‘No Jerrika, we want you to be happy,’” she recalled. “Well, I said, ‘No, I want to be peppy.’ Needless to say, I didn’t get the part. But it was easy then. Now, I know that in acting, it is meaningful if you have a voice.