Cosby Show Actor Has Quit Trader Joe’s, Explains Why He Took Job + Admits Being Devastated At 1st: There is no job that’s better than another job!
Actor Geoffrey Owens is speaking out, since a photo of him went viral, working at Trader Joe’s.
The 57-year-old actor is known for his breakout role on The Cosby Show. In an interview, he admits that initially he was “really devastated” by all of the attention. He says,
The period of devastation was so short because so shortly after that, the responses, my wife and I started to read [it] and fortunately the shame part didn’t last very long. It’s amazing. It’s really overwhelming, in a good way.
Owens, who has worked at the store for a little over a year continues,
I kind of feel like that character in that Woody Allen movie that wakes up one morning and he’s a celebrity all of a sudden – it came out of nowhere. I really want to thank everybody out there — for the incredible support, the amazing support and positivity that they’ve shown for me. It’s quite astounding.
Over the past 30 years, he’s been directing, teaching and acting and says he first took the job because he wanted “flexibility” to assist with his work in the entertainment industry. He also says this isn’t the first time that he’s been recognized for playing the role of ‘Elvin’, but he has since quit his job over the attention. Owens also adds that all jobs should be respected, equally.
I hope that this period that we’re in now, where we have a heightened sensitivity about that, and a reevaluation of what it means to work and the idea that some jobs are better than others — that’s actually not true. There is no job that’s better than another job. It might pay better, it might have better benefits, it might look better on a resume and on paper. But actually, it’s not better. Every job is worthwhile and valuable.
No one should feel sorry for me. I’ve had a great life. I’ve had a great career. I’ve had a career that most actors would die for. So no one has to feel sorry for me. I’m doing fine!