Actor Geoffrey Owens’ return to the limelight after being job-shamed for working at a Trader Joe’s has resulted in a job offer.
Tyler Perry offered the 57-year-old actor, who once played Bill Cosby’s son-in-law Elvin on “The Cosby Show,” a gig on the Oprah Winfrey Network days after pictures of Owens working at the supermarket in Clifton, New Jersey, went viral.
“#GeoffreyOwens I’m about to start shootings OWN’s number one drama next week,” Perry announced on Twitter Tuesday, referring to “The Haves and the Have Nots.” “Come join us!!! I have so much respect for people who hustle between gigs. The measure of a true artist.”
Appearing on “Good Morning America” Tuesday, Owens explained to anchor Robin Roberts he decided to work at Trader Joe’s, where he’s been employed for about 15 months, after being unable to make ends meet. He wore his red store badge during the interview.
“I’d been teaching, acting, directing for 30+ years, but it got to a point where it just didn’t add up enough and you gotta do what you got to do,” he shared, adding the job offered “flexibility,” so he could “try to stay in the business.”
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