Before Omari Hardwick became known as the good, but sometimes bad guy on the STARZ drama Power, he was a struggling actor trying to make in Hollywood like everyone else.
During a sit down with “The Real’s” Loni Love, Hardwick speaks candidly about his hardships before making it big. As a substitute teacher and football coach, as luck would have it, Hardwick became a mentor to Denzel Washington’s son John David. From there, Hardwick was able to form a relationship with the Academy Award winner and his wife Pauletta.
“They perfectly and appropriately didn’t help me out,” the 41 year old said. “They gave me shelter when I didn’t have a place to stay or whatever but they sort of allowed me to be close enough to the family so I sort of transitioned into getting an agent…the whole thing…doing all these odd jobs.”
Hardwick considered becoming a firefighter as a back up, but then turned down a full-time position when Spike Lee offered him his big break in a series titled “Sucker Free City.” Unfortunately, how a lot of Hollywood projects go, the show was never picked up and Hardwick fell on hard times admitting to showering at a local YMCA and even living in his car.
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SOURCE: Vibe – Shenequa Golding