Celebrity status doesn’t equate to financial freedom but the notion exists, creating false ideas and assumptions about those who bare a talent we don’t possess. It’s also what caused many gossip and news outlets to shame former Cosby Show actor Geoffrey Owens for having a side gig at Trader Joe’s.
On Friday (Aug. 31), a story regarding the theater actor was published by Daily Mail and shared on Fox News when customer Karma Lawrence snapped a photo of Owens working at a Trader Joe’s in Clifton, New Jersey. Lawrence, who is the wife of the store’s security manager, said she was shopping when she noticed the 57-year-old.
She went on to call the moment a “shock” to her. “It made me feel really bad. I was like, “Wow, all those years of doing the show and you ended up as a cashier,” she said.
The story was picked up by a number of outlets but that didn’t stop fans from coming to Owens defense. Owens is not only an acting teacher at the Herbert Berghof Studio in New York but a consistently working actor.
He’s appeared on plenty of critically acclaimed series like Elementary, FX comedy It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, HBO’s Divorce and Blue Bloods.
He’s also been the source of inspiration for fellow working actors.
Television images often times serve as our mirrors, showing us the good, the bad, the most possible versions of ourselves. The truth. As a child this man and the entire cast of The Cosby Show took me on a journey and allowed me to see a world outside of my own. As an adult having studied under this great human being, has been nothing short of amazing. Allowing me to dream, stretch, create, and be my truest most authentic artistic self. Thank you Geoffrey Owens for being an incredible teacher, mentor, and forever friend. You keep holding that mirror up and forcing me to see myself for who I truly am and I love you dearly for that. #actingclass101 #mentorship #geoffreyowens #dothework #craft
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His upcoming projects include the film Impossible Monsters and the short film Fizzle. In addition to listing his accomplishments, fans called out the outlets for shaming the actor for having a “regular job.”
Owens doesn’t have a social platform, but we’re sure the fan love is well appreciated.