Omari Hardwick Says Denzel Washington Saved Him From Being Homeless
The “Power” star says Oscar winning actor helped him from becoming homeless and even paid for his car when his first paid gig didn’t pan out:
“I came out here without a lot of money and I met Paulette and Denzel Washingon via John David, their oldest son and I worked at Campbell Hall, the high school he went to here in the valley. And I was teaching, substitute but coaching and I moreso became his mentor and his trainer at UCLA on Saturdays. So that kind of gave me inroads to this sort of figure in Denzel and an aunt figure in Pauletta.
“They perfectly and appropriately didn’t help me out. 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. Pursuing firefighting as a backup. Pursuing it at least and on the day that I said no to the fire department was the day Spike Lee offered me my first acting gig.”
Omari later admitted that he even gave his first acting check to Denzel and the actor framed it because he was so proud. Denzel and Paulette are the godparents we wished we could have too!