Having been shamed for his day job over the weekend, “The Cosby Show” actor Geoffrey Owens stepped up for himself and even received a job offer from director Tyler Perry.
Owens was photographed working at a Trader Joe’s in New Jersey on Aug. 25, and the photos were published in Daily Mail and other publications.
The 57-year-old writer, director, actor, and producer wrote on Twitter, “
#GeoffreyOwens I’m about to start shootings OWN’s number one drama next week! Come join us!!! I have so much respect for people who hustle between gigs. The measure of a true artist.”
#GeoffreyOwens I’m about to start shootings OWN’s number one drama next week! Come join us!!! I have so much respect for people who hustle between gigs. The measure of a true artist.
— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) September 4, 2018
Although Owens was the target of a lot of negativity because of the news coverage and social media response, he chose to talk about it during his interview with Good Morning America on Sept. 4.
“I was devastated, but the period of devastation was so short because my wife and I started reading these responses from literally all over the world. So, fortunately, the shame part didn’t last very long,” he told the show host Robin Roberts.
FULL INTERVIEW: @GMA EXCLUSIVE — "There's no job better than another…every job is worthwhile…" Actor Geoffrey Owens speaks out, responding to job shaming and backlash after a photo of him working at a grocery store was posted online: https://t.co/0wZJnpowI9 pic.twitter.com/aNiG5fV2yf
— Good Morning America (@GMA) September 4, 2018
Other celebrities also shared their thoughts and support on social media.
Former American football player, actor Terry Crews wrote in his tweet, “I swept floors AFTER the
@NFL. If need be, I’d do it again. Good honest work is nothing to be ashamed of.”
— terrycrews (@terrycrews) September 2, 2018
Again, why is this news? When I worked on “Thirtysomething” I was also summarizing depositions to pay my rent. Why are you trying to humiliate this honorable, hardworking actor? Shame on you! #geoffreyowens – many great blessings are coming your way! https://t.co/8tgvW3iixr
— Patricia Heaton (@PatriciaHeaton) September 2, 2018
According to The Grio, Geoffrey Owens has taught acting at Yale and landed roles on several shows, but no jobs have lasted more than 10 months.
The job at Trader Joe’s had provided him a flexible schedule to go to auditions and make a living. However, Owens quit that job, which he worked for 15 months, due to all the attention he received making it difficult to work there.
He’s now open to new job offers, but meanwhile, he’s being cautious about it.
“I wouldn’t feel comfortable getting acting jobs from this event. I wouldn’t mind getting auditions. I wouldn’t mind people calling me in to try out for things. I want to get a job because I’m the right person for a job,” Owens told The Grio.