Former Cosby Show actor Geoffrey Owens was thrust back into the spotlight after someone took a photo of him working at Trader Joe’s and thus shamed him for his alleged fall from Hollywood’s grace. However, just as quickly as Owens was overcome with embarrassment, he was met with support when many online came to his defense stating there’s nothing wrong with how he’s making ends meet.
Tuesday morning (Sept. 4), Owens sat with Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts to discuss the ordeal. While proudly wearing his Trader Joe’s nametag and a good attitude, Owens jokingly said the initial photo taken was “totally photoshopped.”
“I really want to thank everybody out there. Family, friends, the Hollywood community and the general public for their support and positivity they’ve shown to me. It’s amazing, it’s really quite astounding,” he said.
The 57-year-old actor revealed he’s been working at the chain grocery store for about 15 months before the world took notice said, the attention caught him off guard.
“I kind of feel like that character in the Woody Allen movie and he wakes up one morning and he’s a celebrity all of a sudden and had no idea where it suddenly came from. It came out of nowhere. “
For 30 years, Owens said he taught acting and directing but realized it wasn’t financially enough, hence his job at Trader Joe’s. And while he’s thankful for the support, he said he wouldn’t feel comfortable with a handout.
“I know this might sound weird, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable getting acting jobs from this event. I wouldn’t mind getting auditions. I wouldn’t mind if people called me in to try out for things due to what’s happened, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable with someone giving me a job because this happened. I want to get the job because I’m the right person.”
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