By Imani Brammer
We’ve all had moments when we’re in a difficult place and wish that a rich person could simply scoop us up and give us what we need. For many, that’s just a dream, but for Power actor Omari Hardwick, that was a reality.
During an interview with The Real’s Loni Love, Hardwick dished on his humble climb to Hollywood. While working as a substitute teacher and football coach at L.A.’s Campbell Hall High School, Hardwick served as a mentor to one of the football players. The player however, happened to be John David, Denzel Washington’s son.
“So that sort of gave me an inroads to this avuncular figure in Denzel and an aunt figure in Pauletta,” the actor said. “They gave me shelter when I didn’t have a place to stay or whatever but they sort of allowed me just 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 back-up or pursuing it at least.”
Ultimately, Hardwick resorted to rejecting the firefighter offer.
“On the day that I said no to the fire department was the day that Spike Lee offered me my first gig,” he said.
If it weren’t for Washington, who knows where Hardwick would be in this moment. Let’s all give a huge thank you to Uncle Denzel!