"Cosby Show" Star Geoffrey Owens Opens Up About Being Shamed For Working At Trader Joe's-Gets Acting
I'm sure most of you saw photos of former Cosby Show star Geoffrey Owens working at a Trader Joe's cash register. The photos left a bad taste in a lot of people's mouths who felt like the people who took the pictures were trying to shame him. Well, Geoffrey sat down with Robin Roberts and opened up about what life has been like since the photos went viral.
According to The Grio, Geoffrey said the distasteful headlines did hurt him at first but, that hurt didn't last long because of the support he received from a lot of actors and actresses.
"I really want to thank everybody out there, family, friends, Hollywood, the general public for the amazing support and positivity," said Owens. "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."
Geoffrey said he only worked at the grocery store for 15 months. He said he accepted the job because he wanted some "flexibility" in order to continue to work in the entertainment industry and go on auditions. He had to quit after getting recognized too much.
He also talked about how he hopes this changes people's perception of what it means to work.
"I hope that this period that we're in now, where we have a heightened sensitivity about that, and a reevaluation of what it means to work and the idea that some jobs are better than others - that's actually not true," he said. "There is no job that's better than another job. It might pay better, it might have better benefits, it might look better on a resume and on paper. But actually, it's not better. Every job is worthwhile and valuable."
"No one should feel sorry for me," he continued . "I've had a great life. I've had a great career. I've had a career that most actors would die for. So no one has to feel sorry for me. I'm doing fine!"
Tyler Perry heard about his story and has already asked him to come be apart of his new show!