And Owens is grateful.
“It’s incredible to be written for ... I’m really proud and excited to be part of his world,” Owens said of Perry. “He’s so inspiring.”
The actor, producer and writer behind the “Madea” movie series has also endured financial hardships. Early in his career, he slept in car and struggled to pay his bills.
“To get to this place, just to have seen both sides of this, has been really incredible,” Perry said. “And that’s why I feel like I’m the guy for the underdog ... Sometimes things just don't work out. And that's okay. You do what you have to do in between to get to the point until it gets there.”
That’s the message Owens hopes to promote. He believes every job is “worthwhile and valuable,” and he said he thinks his story could be the “cause that's actually going to bridge the divide in our country.”
“Maybe this is it,” he continued. “This is the way that we come together.”
Catch his return to television on OWN’s “The Have and the Have Nots” at 9 p.m. ET tonight.
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