Some people might revel in the sudden spotlight or a brief taste of fame but Geoffrey Owens isn’t one of them. Despite all the attention he’s received over the last few days for balancing his acting career with a job in a New Jersey grocery store, the former Cosby Show actor knows to take it all with a grain of salt. In his Good Morning America interview on Tuesday, he insisted he didn’t want any handouts and only wants gigs if he’s “the right person.” Hopefully Tyler Perry heard what he had to say and truly believes Geoffrey is the ideal man for the role he has in mind.
Mere days after Owens was job-shamed, Perry took to Twitter to pitch him.
#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
Perry is referring to The Haves and the Have Nots, which is currently in its sixth season. If Owens is ready to chew the scenery, then we’re sure he can do great things because The Haves and the Have Nots is as campy and soapy and over-the-top as a television show can get.
Geoffrey, however, told Entertainment Tonight that while the opportunity is “kind of cool,” he’s wary, rightfully so.
“That kind of sounded like he was saying, ‘Come work with me.’ I’m so, like, skeptical,” he told ET. “Like, really? Are you actually saying come work with me? Because we’ve never worked together before.”
Owens did admit it was “a very, very generous thing for him to say,” adding that “we’ll see what happens with that” and found it all “encouraging,” at the very least.
If we’ve learned anything about Geoffrey Owens in the last few days, it’s that he’s someone who does things the right way. If this is the opportunity for him, he’ll take it. But there’s no need to rush. A job, as we’ve been so thoughtfully reminded, is just a job. And in this day and age, when people will do almost anything for their 15 minutes, it’s nice to know there are still people out there who believe hard work is its own reward.