Tyler Perry Offers Geoffrey Owens a Job After He's Shamed for Working at Trader Joe's
"I have so much respect for people who hustle between gigs," Tyler Perry tweeted
Geoffrey Owens could be making a return to TV after quitting his job at Trader Joes.
Owens, who worked at the grocery store for 15 months, first took the job because he wanted “flexibility” in order to stay in the entertainment business; he’s since quit over all the attention.
But his unemployment period might not be for too long. On Tuesday, filmmaker Tyler Perry offered Owens, 57, a job on an OWN drama.
“#GeoffreyOwens I’m about to start shootings OWN’s number one drama next week! Come join us!!!” Perry tweeted.
“I have so much respect for people who hustle between gigs,” he continued. “The measure of a true artist.”
“That was kind of cool,” Owens told Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday about Perry’s offering. “I mean, that kind of sounded like he was saying, ‘Come work with me.’ I’m so, like, skeptical. Like, really? Are you actually saying come work with me? Because we’ve never worked together before. So, that’s a very, very generous thing for him to say. And we’ll see what happens with that. But, that’s encouraging.”
Appearing on Good Morning America on Tuesday, Owens, who played Elvin Tibideaux on The Cosby Show from 1985-92, said he was “really devastated” at first after the photos came out — until celebrities and fans alike jumped to his defense on social media.
“The period of devastation was so short because so shortly after that, the responses, my wife and I started to read [them] … and fortunately the shame part didn’t last very long,” he said. “It’s amazing.”
“It’s really overwhelming, in a good way,” he continued. “I kind of feel like that character in that Woody Allen movie that wakes up one morning and he’s a celebrity all of a sudden … it came out of nowhere. I really want to thank everybody out there … for the incredible support, the amazing support and positivity that they’ve shown for me. It’s quite astounding.”
Owens added that there’s been “all kinds of interest” in the past few days, but he “wouldn’t feel comfortable getting acting jobs from this event.”
“I wouldn’t mind getting auditions … but I wouldn’t feel comfortable with someone giving me a job because this happened,” he said. “I want to get a job because I’m the right person for that job.”