Omari Hardwick Opens Up About Struggles

We gaze at celebrities, applaud them, criticize them, debate them and break down their being. We appreciate their art and sometimes find it hard to separate the public talent from the real person. With anyone, the success chapters that are exposed can detour one from understanding the foundation from which the “celebrity” derived.

Take into account the fact that struggle does not discriminate and come in a variety of ways.

For Power actor Omari Hardwick, trying to make it in the entertainment industry often left him broke and homeless. Had he not met and befriended John David, the eldest son of Paulette and Denzel Washington who then introduced him to his parents, it’s possible that it may have taken a little longer for the world to know the actor and poet.

“They perfectly and appropriately ‘didn’t help me out,’ they gave me shelter when I didn’t have a place to stay, but they sort of allowed me to be closer to the family,” he told The Real‘s Loni Love.

Watch the conversation below.