Who is ‘Power’ Star Omari Hardwick’s Wife, Jennifer “Jae” Pfautch?

Power fans have had the pleasure of seeing its star, Omari Hardwick, play the role of Ghost for the past six seasons. It’s no secret that Hardwick is eye candy and women giddily enjoy his steamy love scenes aired on the show. Unfortunately for them, they don’t have a chance with their television crush. Harwick is a happily married man and father of two. He’s been married to Jennifer Pfautch-Hardwick since 2012 and she was with him long before he landed the defining role of his career.

Who is Omari Hardwick’s wife, Jennifer “Jae” Pfautch-Hardwick?

Pfautch-Hardwick has remained private in comparison to her Hollywood hunk of a husband but she’s had her own career success and at one point, was the higher earner in their relationship. She got her start in public relations as a publicity assistant with the famed Creative Artists Agency (CAA) for a year before going on to become a celebrity publicist with Paradigm Talent Agency.

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Not sure about you, but the more I live, the more I realize life is an exercise in mess management 😂. Younger me definitely wasted too much time trying to erase my beautiful human messiness. I wasn’t soulfully yet aware that every single one of us comes with mess…emotional mess, soul mess, mental mess, familial mess, stress mess, abandonment mess, fear mess…I could go on for days. I feared that MY mess would make me unlovable, difficult, too much, not enough… This fear instigated two things. 1. My hiding of my mess until I understood how better to deal with it (not the smartest move 🤦🏽‍♀️) and 2. My diving head-first into the journey of processing, forgiving, healing, and ORGANIZING my mess. (Thanks to my Hubbz for always being a master at lovingly keeping me honest about my own shit 😍😜) See, the mess won’t go anywhere, you can’t erase your past or your experiences (mess makers) BUT you can learn where to put what. You can “Marie Kondo” the shit outta your drama so when others enter your life, they enter an organized chaos that you have put in its proper place, rather than them joining a shit-show that you’ve ignored. You can’t organize what you haven’t unpacked, loves. NOW, older me, welcomes others into my messiness because I’m at peace with it. I know where it came from, why it’s there, where it put it if it sneaks out again AND most importantly, I can confidently say that my “mess” helped make me who I am today and I love the shit outta present me. ❤️ #Life #Lessons #EmbraceTheMess #TheProcess #TheJourney #ILoveJesusButICussABit

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Pfautch-Hardwick received her formal training for the business as a communications major at California Lutheran University. She interned at NBC’s Primetime Entertainment Publicity Department in Burbank, California during her collegiate career. 

After Hardwick’s career took off and they started a family, Pfautch-Hardwick switched gears and left the world of PR. According to her website, she now uses her platform to promote positivity through motivational blogs. Her site also features lifestyle tips for the everyday woman, including fashion, relationship advice, and recipes. 

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Exactly 11 years ago today I heard the news that no expectant Momma can ever prepare herself to hear…”Jae, I’m so sorry, there’s no heartbeat.” My ears began to ring and the room swirled in circles around me. How could this happen? I wasn’t in the early and “ify” first 12 weeks of pregnancy. I was almost 8 months along. How could he be gone, God??? What transpired over the next 2 days was the most difficult, heart-wrenching and life-altering experience that Omari and I have ever gone through. So many questions hurled at us, none of them I wanted to answer. I didn’t want to be here….Do you want to deliver him vaginally or via c-section? Do you want to bury him or creamate him? Can you sign this? Can you take that? It was so routine for them but it was life-shattering to me. . It’s impossible to explain the devastation of a pregnancy loss if you haven’t experienced it. You want so desperately for someone to understand your pain but you don’t wish the experience on anyone. People counsel you to “try again”, or they think you’ll find comfort in their misplaced words of “God makes no mistakes.” There is nothing anyone can say to lessen the anguish of housing another soul and then the emptiness that replaces it after a loss. No one can talk you out of the illogical blame you put on yourself or the overwhelming feeling that somehow you, your body…failed. For those who find themselves in this unique and crippling pain of losing a baby, know that it gets better. The pain lessens but the love remains. For those who are trying to comfort a mama who lost a baby, be quiet but be so, so present. Let them talk, reminisce or say nothing. Let them cry, seem strong & lose it all over again. Never tell them when they should be “over it”, there is no erasing the sadness, just learning where to put it. To all my sisters who are in this sorority twe never asked to be a part of, I know your pain, fear, anger, confusion and I understand your answerless question. You are not to blame. You are enough. I continue to share our experience in hope to lessen any woman feeling alone in this situation and to show there is light on the other side. #PregnancyLossAwareness

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She’s a huge supporter of her husband’s work and is often side by side with Hardwick at entertainment events. Her Instagram account is filled with family photos and artistic shots of herself and her favorite things. 

Omari Hardwick has shared his love for his wife publicly

Hardwick has kept his family out of the spotlight as much as possible due to access of the media. They Hardwicks try to raise their two children, Nova and Brave, with as much normalcy as possible, despite Hardwick’s acting career.

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& so she prayed……… for a man born under perhaps the same zodiac star as hers. She prayed that this man accept his star. & UNAPOLOGETICALLY. After hearing a sermon from Rev. John Gray on dominion….This woman (you…Jaebird) asked that God allow this man (me) to embrace my dominion over my walk within this industry. 🙏🏽. In all the roles i would one day play. In front of the camera & behind. Dominion is defined by words of synonymous weight & merit. Words like power. You prayed that I’d embrace the power that you believed awaited, but that you knew i was apologetically born with already. You & The Big Man up top must have a cool shorthand between one another because those prayers of yours were answered very shortly after. We ALL have a power in our OWN right. The more you have, however; the more duty, the more “clock in” is required. Mine came in the form of a job with that title. #Power. Then eventually God brought it in the form of my abnormally high octane quantity of spiritual, mental, physical & emotional gifts…being shared with legions of people. Including the most significant of these gifts shared….YOU🤜🏽🦅🤛🏼 Speaking of OWN…. hats off to you @oprahmagazine for recognizing that which her fans all do….the power of Jae & the journey she has shared with so many even when received with push back.👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 @mrsjaeh …your journey has marched forward in grace class, love, compassion, & resilience. A journey NO doubt #PoweredByGod 👆🏽A journey that included dealing with the complexities of ALL the ghOsts in me when the cameras were down…for like 1,080 days. #GodGotTheLongestRedCarpet #HesTheOnlyInterviewerOnIt #ThePrayerOFaMamaBear👣👣👣🦅🦅🦅🚀🚀🚀🎯🎯🎯. We love love love you Mama bear 🎬 _______________________________ The grooming: @billieegene @staycaked @ryancunninghamhair The fits: @dapperdanharlem The Power: @God

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There’s been much criticism of their relationship due to being in an interracial marriage. Many fans, particularly women, have been critical of Pfautch-Hardwick specifically, and of her appearance. Hardwick has always come to his wife’s defense. 

In one memorable debate with a fan, Hardwick responded to a fan who called into the popular radio show, The Breakfast Club, and complained about Hardwick’s reaction to her asking for a photo and him snubbing her for not acknowledging his wife or children – whom he was with at the time.

“It can be half of a look ‘hi’ that’s all we need. Acknowledge that she is a breathing entity,” he said of the event. “Disrespect is disrespect. Every day of the week and twice on Sundays.” Hardwick later posted an open letter to his family on Instagram regarding the incident. 

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Dear Super Nova & Brave Boy, When you get older you will read things about your Papa & your Mama. Some of these things will be true. Some of these things could not be furthest from the truth. To the latter….i say this: Your Papa has cared about his fans (especially his REAL ones) ALWAYS. But, Papa will NEVER care about ANYONE more than i care about you two. No one & i mean NO one made your Papa. GOD made your Papa. And your Mama. We were THAT type. And God blessed your Papa with so many colors many were confused about who i was. They can read this with you two if need be. I was someone who struggled with the fame that came with all that God blessed me with. My negotiation with God was: Ok i will do the fame….as long as the FAME minus the E=remains the MOST important thing to me. Nova & Brave, you will read too many like you say that their parent or father who was in your Papa’s position….neglected them or forgot that they were his legacy. Not his performances within characters & story. Read this: I WILL NEVER FORGET. Including on this day off from work when ALL i wanted to do was focus on you. Not drama that i was not payed to act in. #iRepeatRelax #MaybEiWontChangeTheFaceOfActing #BuTiCanHelpChangeTheFaceOfCelebrity #AndARTistry #ThankYouFans #LoveYouGhostRiders #LoveMyBrotherJamilForHavingMyBack #MamaBearJaeYouStrong #LOOOOVEyouNOVABRAVE 🤜🏽❤️🤛🏽

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Hardwick has also credited his wife for saving him and taking care of him in his darkest days. The actor revealed that his wife prayed that he would land the role on Power, which took his career to the next level. When speaking with Ebony Magazine in July 2018 about Harwick giving her such praise, she explained that she was simply encouraging him. 

“I wouldn’t say I convinced him to take the role [in Power], per se,” Pfautch-Hardwick explained. “His soul knew it was time to embrace what God had for him career wise, and in order to do that, the role of Ghost was the next step in that process. I honestly said very little; just enough to remind him of his call and his purpose.”

It’s amazing to see that in the chaos of celebrity, Hardwick has a strong foundation at home. 

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