Omari Hardwick: I Was Struggling During Power. . . 50 Cent Had To Loan Me Money 2X

If you thought actor Omari Hardwick was rich after starring in hit TV series Power, you’re wrong.

Omari Hardwick, best known for his starring role as New York nightclub owner and drug lord James “Ghost” St. Patrick for six seasons of the television series Power, gave a very interesting new interview on the podcast The Pivot.

Omari says that although he’s had roles in notable films like Next Day Air, The Gridiron Gang, and others, it wasn’t until after Power that he identified with a sense of “making it”.

When asked by co-host Channing Crowder, “When was O doing well financially?” The actor said while he’s financially stable, it’s a work in progress to be compensated for the value of his gifts. “I still haven’t done what I should have done. I still never made the money, no, the money, I never made what I should have made. Never,” said Hardwick.

The former Being Mary Jane love interest explained that he was so broke at times that Power executive producer 50 Cent lent him a financial helping hand. Hardwick, who has said in the past he paid the rapper back with interest, added, “I think he forever really, really respects me for that. We just didn’t teach that in our church.”

He continued, “That I can return it with interest at 50, I was just so proud to be able to do that and it was early days. He felt like, ‘D—n O, you can’t get screwed up. They need money.'”

“It was the summer after Season 1 and then it was the summer after Season 2. He gave me $20,000 and the next summer he gave me $23 [thousand] – and he absolutely loves J and the kids, he may like them more than me. It was absolutely given in a way you know: ‘Mind the family, brother.'”

Omari Hardwick didn’t say how much he was paid, but told the interviewer that he “should have made” $150,000 an episode.


“You got it right. It’s the first time I’ve ever disclosed it, but I’ve also been the face of the network,” says Hardwick. “Angela isn’t the face of this network. She’s one of the greatest actresses to face the planet , but she’s not the face of this network,” he continued.

Though he feels his “power” paychecks are a little small, Omari says he doesn’t have hard feelings and ends up understanding there is a bigger game of metrics at play.

“Starz, I’m still super humble. 50 and Courtney, I’ll forever thank you, but you all know, ‘He didn’t really make no money.’ You’ll know before I know.”

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