Omari Hardwick recently revealed that Denzel Washington and his wife Pauletta helped him early in his career when he was a struggling actor. In an interview for TV One’s “Uncensored,” the “Power” actor revealed how the Washingtons embraced him after he connected with their son, John David Washington.
“It was another kid who really took to me and his name was John David Washington and John David Washington turned out to be Pauletta Washington and Denzel Washington’s son,” Hardwick said.
“At that point, I knew that Denzel was a Capricorn. It was just a joke because [Pauletta] took me in like like nobody’s business. She became my mom away from my mom,” he continued.
The Washingtons let Hardwick sleep on their couch when he had nowhere else to go. “She became so much to me so we got super close,” he said. “And I was broke and then Pauletta and Denzel eventually let me couch in their house sometimes. I would just be just be over there just for peace and spirit. Pauletta has such an incredible spirit, and energy…”
They also gave him money to prevent his car from being repossessed. “John David and I got super, super, super close and still to this day,” the Nobody’s Fool actor said. “So, during that time I was all excited to go back to them with that news, you know that ‘Sucker Free’ was something that was going to make it where I didn’t need to borrow money from them anymore and I never did. But they definitely gave me $1,500 when the car was about to be repoed.”
This isn't the first time the Washingtons have assisted an aspiring actor when they were still trying to make it big.
Back in the 1990s, Chadwick Boseman and some of his friends applied to attend the prestigious summer theater program at The University of Oxford. The group got in, but they were not able to afford the high tuition. Denzel became a beneficiary of the program and paid for Boseman and his peers to attend the school.
Check out Hardwick’s interview below.