After 26 years spent sort-of out of the limelight, The Cosby Show actor Geoffrey Owens was thrust into the spotlight earlier this week when a viral photo of the actor working a side gig at Trader Joe's rolled around the Internet. The original post seemed to tout his work as an undesirable job, but many people online felt that description was unfair and we should be celebrating hard work, not getting snarky about it. No matter how we personally feel about the issue, it has thrust the actor himself back into the cultural conversation, and recently Geoffrey Owens revealed what happened to his career after The Cosby Show and how he felt when the originally post broke. He said:
Speaking out in an open interview with CNN, Geoffrey Owens talked about his initial reaction when the first photo went viral, noting that he was not super happy about what he saw. He previously revealed on Good Morning America that he had been recognized by other fans of The Cosby Show during his 15-month tenure at Trader Joe's, but normally the reactions were positive and made him feel good. The tweet heard 'round the Internet did not. Luckily, after his initial devastation, he realized a lot of people were happy that the actor had put his head down and worked hard to support his family, telling GMA it was "really overwhelming, in a good way."
Geoffrey Owens also talked about his career trajectory, noting that just because an actor is on a successful series once doesn't mean that those jobs just grow on trees. He says a lot of the work he has been doing in recent years paid less well
Geoffrey Owens admits that a lot of things contributed to him taking the job at Trader Joe's including the fact that The Cosby Show reruns were pulled from a lot of second life platforms after allegations about Bill Cosby came to light, but that wasn't the only reason he took a flexible job, like working at Trader Joe's.
The actor is someone who always wants to come through and make ends meet, and people in the industry clearly respect that. Tyler Perry even came out and offered to help out the actor, if he wants the help.
Owen also said in the interview that he would appreciate the chance to audition for roles and for something good to come out of the viral photo, but he also said he doesn't "expect" anyone in the industry to give him a job. He wants to earn it. Hopefully, the viral photo that earned him some ire will end up being a blessing in disguise.