While they’re pounding the pavement for their next acting role, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS‘ Jordi Vilasuso (Rey) applauds performers who work outside of showbiz — such as Geoffrey Owens, a one-time COSBY SHOW star who was discovered to be working at a Trader Joe’s last year. “You do whatever you have to do to take care of your family,” Vilasuso reflected to Soaps In Depth. “I do not want to sit at home and twiddle my thumbs as an actor. This is the kind of job that has hills and valleys. There are times when it gets very slow between gigs, and I have picked up the odd job just for my own peace of mind. I might not have had to work, but I wanted to feel productive.” As for Owens, Vilasuso was thrilled to learn that the photo, originally intended to shame the actor, turned into something positive. “This guy got a gig from Tyler Perry! How great is that?”
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