Jackson suffers from anxiety and panic attacks due to the pressure and expectation put on him about swimming and being head boy. He has been on anti-anxiety medication since the age of 11 and has already seen a therapist, whom he returns to see in the second season. He told Maeve that he throws up several times a day, particularly before student assemblies and after swimming races. Jackson hurt himself once visibly during the second season by putting his hand under sport weights. After Viv's intervention and the return to his therapist, Jackson seems calmer and happier at the end of the second season.
Throughout the Series
Jackson is the king of the campus, as he is the best player in most of the school sports. He is very popular at the school, and he harbors a crush on Maeve. The two hook up and eventually he asks Maeve to be his girlfriend. At first their relationship seems rather shallow, but it becomes clear that Jackson indeed feels deep affection for Maeve. After meeting his mothers, Maeve feels inadequate and unaccepted compared to Jackson's apparent success and support. Their relationship goes on a deeper level when Maeve shows Jackson her trailer and tells him about her parents. As a reaction, he confides in her about his mental health issues. They date throughout most of the season, until Jackson realizes that Maeve has feelings for Otis and the two split up. It takes Jackson a while to get over Maeve.
Jackson is under a lot of pressure from his mothers about his swimming career and, as a panic reaction, hurts his hand intentionally so that he can't swim anymore. He puts it as an accident. Viv starts to tutor him and they build a friendship throughout the season. She helps him try out for the school play (he gets the part of Romeo) and he helps her get the attention of a guy she likes. Viv also walks in on Jackson on Otis' party, while he has a panic attack and was about to hit a mirror to hurt his freshly healed hand again. Viv tells him that he needs professional help and can't keep hurting himself. She also mentions increased suicide risk at people who harm themselves. Since he reacts defensively, Viv talks to Jackson's mothers without his knowledge and tells them about his issues. At first he is angry about this, but after he starts therapy, their friendship deepens.
He ends up crushing on Cal Bowman and Viv notices that he sucks up to Cal to make a change on school grounds to gender neutral bathrooms and changing rooms. They end up having a deep connection but they're still figuring things out themselves. During all this he is confused on his sexuality and Cal mentioned that Jackson still sees Cal as a girl and not someone who's non binary.
- Maeve Wiley - Ex-girlfriend
- Cal Bowman - Kissed
- Sofia Marchetti - Mother
- Roz Marchetti - Mother
- Vivienne Odesanya - Close Friend
Jackson is a smart, genuine, popular guy who appears to be good at everything he does. However, he suffers from pressure-related anxiety and stage fright. He is kind and can be a very funny, sweet guy when he feels at ease with someone (like Viv).
Season One (8/8)
Season Two (8/8)
Season Three (8/8)