LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) Geoffrey Owens, known for his significant role on “The Cosby Show” but now known for a weekend controversy regarding his current “regular person” employment, responded to the flurry of events on “Good Morning America” today.
Owens, who played the role of Elvin Tibideaux, husband of one of Cosby’s television daughters, has been working the past 18 months at a Trader Joe’s. The 57-year-old has apparently been doing so without concern but after someone snapped a photo of him there, at least one early news report spun it as a “fall from grace” moment, but that was quickly followed by worldwide defense that, despite what Hollywood may think, it’s OK for people to have regular jobs.
“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.
Owens said he has spent 30 years teaching acting and directing but it wasn’t enough to pay the bills.
“I know this might sound weird, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable getting acting jobs from this event,” he told Robin Roberts while proudly displaying his Trader Joe’s nametag. “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
Owens said that the initial report was traumatic but he was swiftly overwhelmed by the subsequent support.
Celebrities can have regular jobs and YouTube channels like Nicki Swift and WatchMojo have featured them.