Tyler Perry Is Helping Geoffrey Owens Return To His True Passion Of Acting

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“A job’s a job,” someone wise once said, and it’s that sentiment currently steering a national conversation. Geoffrey Owens, an actor best known for his role as “Elvin Tibideaux” on 44 episodes of The Cosby Show, was recently seen by two women working at a New Jersey Trader Joe’s grocery store. The story originally played out in a shaming matter. Fox News described the reveal with a fall from grace-tone even though the 57-year-old actor has gotten gigs in numerous other shows since, like The Secret Life of the American Teenager and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

That summation of Geoffrey Owens’ life has quickly changed too. Celebrities and social media users alike rushed to support the veteran actor. Today (September 4), Owens appeared on Good Morning America and described the transition from feeling bad to having hope. “The period of devastation was so short because so shortly after that, the responses, my wife and I started to read [them],” he said. “And fortunately the shame part didn’t last very long. 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.”

Also during the interview, Geoffrey Owens said he’d be honored to get an acting audition but doesn’t want one just given to him as a result of his viral story. “I want to get a job because I’m the right person for that job,” he said. Luckily for him, Tyler Perry has been observing this whole situation, and on Tuesday (September 4), offered Owens an opportunity join him for potential casting on an OWN drama.

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“#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. The measure of a true artist.”

As for his Trader Joe’s gig, Owens left the job because of the unwanted attention it brought to the grocery store chain. However, they say he’s welcome back to his old position at any point.