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Geoffrey Owens on working with Tyler Perry

After landing a job with Tyler Perry shortly after being shamed for working at Trader Joe’s, things are at an all-time high for Geoffrey Owens.

The formerly out-of-work actor was cast in 11 episodes of Perry’s “The Haves and the Have Nots.” His debut is set for Tuesday.

“When he showed up the first day, I saw him in costume, I had 20,000 more ideas running in my head for him,” Perry told “Good Morning America” in a new interview.

Perry, 49, added that he can relate to the financial struggle Owens experienced.

“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.”

There seems to be a mutual respect between the men. Owens, 57, said the opportunity to work with Perry has been “incredible.” Perry wrote the part of a senator for Owens and worked him into the show at the last minute.

“I don’t think that’s ever happened to me before,” the “Cosby Show” alumni said. “I’m really proud and excited to be part of his world, basically. He’s so inspiring.”