- By Rodney Ho, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Former “Cosby Show” actor Geoffrey Owens, who was captured on video bagging groceries as an employee of a Trader Joe’s in New Jersey, said he was flattered by Atlanta mogul Tyler Perry’s Twitter job offer Tuesday.
“That was kind of cool,” Owens told "Entertainment Tonight" on Tuesday. “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.”
He said he doesn’t want to just be handed a job. He’d like to earn it.
Perry was referencing a possible gig on his OWN drama “The Haves and the Have Nots,” which is the network’s highest-rated show. It’s shot at Tyler Perry Studios at Fort McPherson in Atlanta.
Owens, 57, said he quit the Trader Joe’s job for his own spiritual well-being after The Daily Mail and Fox News posted photos from a shopper of him bagging groceries. He said people had begun staking out the place just to see him.
He was upset about the unflattering comments at first, but a subsequent outpouring of support from fans and folks who believe he was being “shamed” made him feel better.
He continues to work as an actor, but he said he needed a flexible job between teaching and acting gigs.
In recent years, he’s had single-episode roles on shows such as CBS’s “Elementary,” NBC’s “The Blacklist,” Fox’s “Lucifer,” CBS’s “Blue Bloods,” HBO’s “Divorce” and HBO’s “The Affair.”
After “The Cosby Show,” he said he never had an acting job that lasted more than 10 weeks. In other words, over the past 26 years, he was never able to nab a job as a regular on a scripted TV show that lasted any significant length of time.