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However, it doesn't seem like Owens would be up for the gig after he expressed to "Good Morning America" co-host Robin Roberts that he wouldn't necessarily want to receive special treatment following the viral photos.

Owns told Good Morning America, "I was really devastated, but the period of devastation was so short".

The actor also explained how he came to decide to work at the grocery store, where's he been working for 15 months, and how he got recognized "every day" by customers who were "very, very cool about it".

Nearly instantly, the story went viral and several Hollywood notables and fans alike came to Owens' aid, supporting him and his lifestyle of maintaining honest work.

Owens said that in addition to the "positivity" he received from commentators and fellow actors sharing support, empathy and stories from their own careers, he said that the incident helped to shed light on "what it means to work" and the "dignity" of it.

"It's really overwhelming - in a good way", Owens said of the response. "Even with all this notoriety right now, I think I'd actually feel a little uncomfortable if someone said because of what's happening to you in the media right now, we are going to give you a job". "It might pay better, it might have better benefits, it might look better on a resume and on paper", Owens said.

"Family Ties" actress Justine Bateman (also of "80s TV fame), chastised the person who took Owens" picture while he was "earning an honest living".

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Geoffrey Owens told CNN he has found a silver lining after being thrust into the spotlight for simply doing his job. "The idea that, 'Hey, what's wrong with working at Trader Joe's, or any job like that?"

Watch his full interview (below).

The 57-year-old has since quit working at the Clifton, N.J., branch of Trader Joe's because of the media attention surrounding it, but he proudly wore his employee badge on the show.

"I don't know #GeoffreyOwens but I know this - nearly every successful actor, singer, athlete, or celebrity is one lucky (unlucky) break away from bagging groceries themselves, ' tweeted New Kids on the Block member Donnie Wahlberg". It made me feel really bad.

"I actually. I wouldn't feel comfortable getting acting jobs from this event", he said. Many users expressed shock that a onetime celebrity - Owens played Bill Cosby's son-in-law, Elvin, on the hit sitcom for five seasons in the "80s and '90s - would have to resort to a job at a grocery store, while many others came to Owens" defense.

"I've had a great life, I've had a great career", he continued.