The former "Cosby Show" actor will recur on the OWN series after Perry reached out in support Owens working a day job between acting gigs.
In the span two weeks, actor Gefrey Owens has gone from being publicly shamed for working a day job between acting gigs to landing a recurring part on a Tyler Perry drama. Owens has accepted Perry's fer a role on the OWN series The Haves and the Have Nots. He'll recur on the show's sixth season, appearing in 10 episodes, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The show is about to resume filming in Atlanta.
Perry was one a number Hollywood heavyweights who fered support for Owens after the former Cosby Show regular was photographed working at a Trader Joe's in New Jersey. The photos and story went viral after appearing in the Daily Mail and on the Fox News website. "I'm about to start shooting OWN's number one drama next week! Come join us!!!" Perry tweeted Monday (Sept. 3), using Owens' name as a hashtag. "I have so much respect for people who hustle between gigs. The measure a true artist."
The outpouring support for Owens in the wake the photos included a "whole handful" fers for acting work, Owens told THR. "It's been a real generosity spirit and a generosity action where that's concerned." Owens played Elvin Tibideaux, the husband Sondra (Sabrina Le Beauf), for much The Cosby Show's run. He has also taught acting at Yale and in recent years racked up guest roles on Elementary, Blue Bloods, Lucifer and Divorce, among others.
TMZ first reported the news Owens joining The Haves and the Have Nots.
This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.