- Hollywood actor Omari Hardwick has opened up about how he once struggled with homelessness
- The Power drama series lead actor said Denzel Washington and his wife Pauletta, gave him shelter when he ''didn’t have a place''
- In a recent interview, Hardwick talked about his career and his humble start in life before stardom
Having featured in big-name films including Power and For Colored Girls, Omari Hardwick is undoubtedly one of Hollywood’s biggest success stories.
The lead actor on the Starz drama series Power has also found success in his personal life.
Hardwick tied the knot with his wife Jennifer Pfautch in 2012, with whom he has two beautiful children.
Despite all his remarkable feats, Hardwick has been honest about his struggles over the years.
In a recent interview with The Real, Hardwick opened up about how legendary actor Denzel Washington and his wife Pauletta helped him through one of the darkest moments of his life.
During the sit-down, Hardwick told of his hardships before making it big.
As a substitute teacher and football coach, Hardwick became a mentor to Denzel Washington’s son, John David.
Hardwick subsequently was able to develop a relationship with the Academy Award winner and his wife, Pauletta.
''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,'' 41-years-old actor revealed.
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Hardwick considered becoming a firefighter as a backup, but then turned down a full-time position when Spike Lee offered him his big break in a series titled Sucker Free City.
However, the show was never a major hit and Hardwick fell on hard times, admitting to showering at a local YMCA and even living in his car.
The actor said it was Pauletta who paid for his car to not get repossessed and as soon as he got on his feet, he promptly paid the family back.
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