Actor Geoffrey Owens gained widespread media attention earlier this week after it was revealed he was working as a cashier at a New Jersey Trader Joe’s. After being job-shamed and forced to quit the grocery store gig, Owens accepted a 10-episode role in the OWN series The Have and the Have Nots, a drama directed, written and produced by Tyler Perry.
The Cosby Show actor was offered the job after Perry acknowledged the merit of Owens working job in between acting roles. “Come join us!!! I have so much respect for people who hustle between gigs. The measure of a true artist,” the producer wrote on Twitter.
#GeoffreyOwens I’m about to start shootings OWN’s number one drama next week! Come join us!!! I have so much respect for people who hustle between gigs. The measure of a true artist.
— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) September 4, 2018
Sources close to the deal have allegedly told TMZ that Owens will fly to Atlanta next week to begin filming. The Have and the Have Nots is currently in its sixth season.
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