Actor Geoffrey Owens Speaks Out On Being Shamed For Working At ‘Trader Joe’s

Cosby Show alum actor Geoffrey Owens was the talk of Twitter and Facebook on Labor Day. The actor was photographed bagging groceries at a Trader Joe’s in New Jersey. The actor appeared on ‘Good Morning America’ proudly wearing his Trader Joe’s name tag on his sport coat. He said he wants everyone to know he’s fine and not to feel sorry for him. Owens said when news first broke that he was photographed working at the store he was ‘devastated and embarrassed.’ But after actors and fans came to his defense, the shame was very short lived Owens said.

The actor said, “The period of devastation was so short because so shortly after that the responses, my wife and I were reading, and fortunately the shame part didn’t last very long. It’s amazing.” Owens has been working at the store for 15 months. Owens played Elvin on the Cosby show, he was married to Cosby’s daughter on the show, 26 years ago. Owens has been steadily acting since the Cosby show, he worked as a teacher at Yale, and he worked at Trader Joe’s because they allowed him the flexibility to go on auditions.

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Owens said he wanted to thank everyone out there for “the incredible support from fans and the public, it’s been amazing.” He said people recognized him every day at the store, and they were very kind to him. He said “I wouldn’t feel comfortable getting acting jobs from this event. I want to get an acting job because I’m the right person for the job. The married father of two said, no one should look at some jobs being better than others. Every job is worthwhile and valuable, some may look better on a resume, but a job is a job.” Owens said, “I’ve had a great life, and a great career, and no one has to feel sorry for me.”

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