Tia Mowry

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Tia Mowry
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Born
Tia Dashon Mowry

NationalityAmerican
Other namesTia Mowry-Hardrict
Alma mater Pepperdine University
OccupationActress
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)
(m. 2008)
Children2
Relatives Tamera Mowry (twin sister)
Tahj Mowry (brother)

Tia Dashon Mowry-Hardrict [1] (née Mowry) is an American actress. She first gained recognition for her starring role as Tia Landry in the sitcom Sister, Sister (1994–1999), opposite her twin sister Tamera Mowry. The sisters then starred together in the Disney Channel Original Movie Twitches (2005) and its sequel, Twitches Too (2007). The two also starred in the fantasy comedy film Seventeen Again (2000), and voiced the LaBelle sisters in the animated series Detention (1999–2000). They were featured in the reality series Tia & Tamera from 2011 to 2013.

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Mowry voiced Sasha in the animated series Bratz (2005–2006). She starred as Melanie Barnett in the comedy-drama series The Game (2006–2015), Stephanie Phillips in the sitcom Instant Mom (2013–2015), and Cocoa McKellan in the sitcom Family Reunion (2019–present).

Mowry had starring roles in the teen comedy film The Hot Chick (2002), the musical comedy film The Mistle-Tones (2012), the romantic comedy film Baggage Claim (2013), and the drama film Indivisible (2018).

Mowry and her sister, Tamera, formed a singing group in the early 1990s called Voices. The group debuted their first single, "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!", in 1992 and it charted at No. 72 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Early life

Tia Mowry was born in Gelnhausen, West Germany. Her mother, Darlene Renée Mowry (née Flowers), managed her children's careers when they were in the group Voices, and also worked as a security guard. Her father, Timothy John Mowry, was in the U.S. Army at the time of her birth, and later became a custody officer/jailer with the City of Glendale Police Department, when the family moved to California. [2] [3]

Her father is of English and Irish ancestry, and her mother is of Afro-Bahamian descent. [4] Her parents met in high school, in Miami, Florida. Both joined the U.S. Army, and both would eventually reach the rank of Sergeant. [5] Her family is "close-knit" and "very spiritual," [3] as the sisters became born-again Christians when they were eight. [6]

Tia is two minutes younger than her twin sister, Tamera. [7] Tamera was born first, at 4:30pm, followed by Tia at 4:32pm. [ citation needed ] She also has two younger brothers, actor Tahj Mowry and Tavior Mowry, who played college football for University of California, Davis.

Career

Mowry and her sister began entering pageants and talent shows while their family was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. At age 12, they convinced their mother to move to California with them so they could pursue acting. She agreed, on the condition that they land an acting job within the first month of their stay. In 1990, their family moved to California permanently, settling in Los Angeles, and she and her sister began appearing in commercials and small roles.

She is well known for playing Tia Landry, a twin separated at birth and reunited with her sister as a teenager in the show Sister, Sister . The series was developed for them after a producer spotted them on the set of Full House , a show on which their brother made regular appearances. Sister, Sister was initially on ABC but was cancelled by the network after two years and picked up by The WB, where it ran for another four years. During its run, they guest-starred on the Sister, Sister crossover episode of The Jamie Foxx Show and appeared on an episode of their brother Tahj Mowry's sitcom Smart Guy , and did voice-over work for the Kids' WB series Detention .

After the show ended, both Mowry and her sister studied psychology at Pepperdine University. She also went to Europe to study humanities and Italian for a period. [8] Both she and her sister appeared in the Rob Schneider comedy film The Hot Chick , playing cheerleaders. Mowry also did voice-overs for the 4KidsTV cartoon Bratz as the voice of Sasha. In 2005, Mowry and her sister both starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie Twitches and reprised their roles in its sequel, Twitches Too and before co-starred in the 2000 movie Seventeen Again . Tia also appeared on an episode of her sister's television show, Strong Medicine , in January 2006, playing the role of Keisha, the twin sister of Tamera Mowry's character, Dr. Kayla Thornton. Mowry has a starring role in the BET television series The Game as Melanie Barnett. Mowry has been nominated for a Teen Choice Award and a NAACP Image Awards for best actress in a comedy.

In the Blue's Clues episode "Blue's Birthday", Mowry and her sister make a cameo appearance as two of the celebrities wishing Blue a happy birthday. Their only line is said in unison: "Happy Birthday, Blue!" Beginning in July 2011, the Style Network began airing Tia & Tamera , a reality show which follows the day-to-day lives of the twins; Tia being pregnant and Tamera planning her wedding. Mowry and her sister are both singers. They have showcased their vocal abilities on episodes of Sister Sister, including covers of "You Can't Hurry Love", "Amazing Grace" and "I'm Going Down", which Tamera performed. They also sang the theme song during season five and six.

In May 2012, Mowry published her first book, Oh, Baby: Pregnancy Tales and Advice from One Hot Mama to Another, about her pregnancy and being a working mother. [9] In May 2012, Mowry revealed on Twitter that she would not be returning to The Game , for a sixth season. From 2013 to 2015 she starred in the NickMom/Nick at Nite series Instant Mom . [10]

From 2015 to 2017, Mowry starred in her Cooking Channel series Tia Mowry at Home, [11] where she made everything from macaroni and cheese, cake, pie, curry chicken, collard greens, shakshuka, potato, galette and various types of cocktails. Some of her guest stars included her The Game co-stars Pooch Hall, Hosea Sanchez, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Brittany Daniel, Lilly Singh from YouTube and Kelly Rowland from Destiny's Child.

In 2016, Mowry started a podcast on PodcastOne called Mostly Mom with Tia Mowry. [12] On April 29, 2016, she appeared with her twin sister on the daytime talk show The Real , where she promoted her new book Twintution. Since 2019, she had played the starring role of Cocoa McKellan in the Netflix comedy series Family Reunion .

Personal life

Mowry met actor Cory Hardrict on the set of their film, Hollywood Horror. [13] They dated for six years, then became engaged on Christmas Day, 2006, [14] and married in California on April 20, 2008. [15] On January 11, 2011, People announced that Mowry and Hardrict were expecting their first child; Mowry made the announcement herself on 106 & Park . The pregnancy was documented on the show Tia & Tamera featuring her sister, Tamera Mowry, on the Style Network. [16] She gave birth to a son, Cree Taylor, on June 28, 2011. [17] [18] [19] [20] On November 8, 2017, Mowry announced that she was pregnant with her second child, [21] a girl. [22] Their daughter was born on May 5, 2018, and was named Cairo Tiahna. [1] [23] [24]

Mowry is the head coach of the Entertainment Basketball League celebrity team. She coaches the Atlanta team, whose players include her husband, Cory Hardrict, and ex co-star, Pooch Hall. [25] She recently coached at the "Battle of the Sexes" game in Chicago against the Sky of the WNBA. [26]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
2002 The Hot Chick Venetia
2004Bratz: Rock AngelzSasha (voice) Direct-to-video
2005Hollywood HorrorKendra
2006 Bratz: Genie Magic Sasha (voice)Direct-to-video
2006 Bratz: Forever Diamondz Sasha (voice)Direct-to-video
2008The American StandardsKate
2013Bratz Go to Paris: The MovieSasha (voice)Direct-to-video
2013 Baggage Claim Janine
2018 Indivisible Tonya Lewis

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1990RosieTia TannerEpisode: "Adventures in Blondiesitting"
1991 Dangerous Women Judith Ann WebbUnknown episodes
1992 True Colors ReneEpisode: "In a Flash"
1992 Full House DeniseEpisode: "The Devil Made Me Do It"
1994–1999 Sister, Sister Tia LandryMain role
1995 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Janice RobinsonEpisode: "The Tale of the Chameleons"
1995 The Adventures of Hyperman The Bad Emma (voice)Episode: "The Good, the Bad and the Emmas"
1996 The Jamie Foxx Show Tia LandryEpisode: "The Bad Seed"
1997 Smart Guy RachelleEpisode: "Brother, Brother"
1999–2000 Detention Lemonjella LaBelle (voice)13 episodes
2000 Seventeen Again Sydney DonovanTelevision film
2001–2005Express YourselfHerselfInterstitial series
2005–2006 Bratz Sasha (voice)17 episodes
2005 Twitches Alex Fielding / Artemis DuBaerTelevision film
2005 Love, Inc. Kim2 episodes
2006 Strong Medicine KeishaEpisode: "My Sister, My Doctor, Myself"
2006–2007 Girlfriends Melanie Barnett2 episodes
2006–2012, 2015 The Game Dr. Melanie Barnett-Davis 97 episodes
2007 Twitches Too Alex Fielding / Artemis DuBaerTelevision film
2007 America's Next Top Model Herself/Guest StarEpisode: The Girl Who Impresses Pedro
2010 Double Wedding Deanna WarrenTelevision film
2011–2013 Tia & Tamera Herself40 episodes
2012 The Mistle-Tones HollyTelevision film
2013–2015 Instant Mom Stephanie PhillipsMain role
2015–2016 Fresh Beat Band of Spies Sindy Sauernotes (voice)19 episodes
2015–2017Tia Mowry at HomeHerself / Host28 episodes
2016 Rosewood Cassie3 episodes
2016 Mistresses Barbara4 episodes
2016 Man with a Plan BrendaEpisode: "Un-Dressed"
2017 Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn Ericka Knightly2 episodes
2017–2018 Me, Myself, & I Wendy4 episodes
2018My Christmas InnJen TaylorTelevision film
2018 A Gingerbread Romance Taylor ScottTelevision film
2019 Prince of Peoria MeghanEpisode: "Game Night"
2019–present Family Reunion Cocoa McKellanMain role
2019 A Black Lady Sketch Show ImaniEpisode: "Where Are My Background Singers"
2019A Very Vintage ChristmasDodie BriteTelevision film
2021 RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars HerselfEpisode: "Side Hustles"
2021Miracle In Motor CityAmber DuPointTelevision Film

Radio

YearTitleRoleEpisode
2015Sway's Universe: Sway In the Morning [27] Herself"Our Sister, Sister Tia Mowry Goes From The Game to Reality T.V. + New Chef Speaks On Keke Issue"
2019The Breakfast Club [28] Herself"Tia Mowry On Growing Up A Twin, Non-Traditional Parenting, New Series Family Reunion + More"

Video games

YearTitleRole
2005 Bratz: Rock Angelz Sasha (voice)
2006Bratz Forever DiamondzSasha (voice)
2007Bratz: The MovieSasha (voice)

Awards and nominations

Honors

Accolades

AssociationYearCategoryTitleResult
Acapulco Black Film Festival 2014 Best Ensemble Cast Baggage Claim Nominated
NAACP Image Awards 1996 Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress (shared with Tamera Mowry) Sister, Sister Nominated
1999 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (shared with Tamera Mowry) Sister, Sister Won
2000 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (shared with Tamera Mowry) Sister, Sister Won
2008 Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series The Game Nominated
2009 Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series The Game Nominated
2011 Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Miniseries or Dramatic Special Double WeddingNominated
2012 Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series The Game Nominated
NAMIC Vision Awards2014Best Performance – Comedy Instant Mom Nominated
2015Best Performance – Comedy Instant Mom Nominated
Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards 1995 Favorite Television Actress (shared with Tamera Mowry) Sister, Sister Won
1996 Favorite Television Actress (shared with Tamera Mowry) Sister, Sister Won
1997 Favorite Television Actress (shared with Tamera Mowry) Sister, Sister Won
1998 Favorite Television Actress (shared with Tamera Mowry) Sister, Sister Nominated
People's Choice Awards 2012 Favorite Television Celebrity Star (shared with Tamera Mowry)N/ANominated
Teen Choice Awards 2007 Choice TV Actress – Comedy The Game Nominated
2012 Choice TV Reality/Variety Star – Female (shared with Tamera Mowry)N/ANominated
2013 Choice TV Reality/Variety Star – Female (shared with Tamera Mowry)N/ANominated
Young Artist Awards 1995 Best Youth Comedienne in a Television Sho w (shared with Tamera Mowry) Sister, Sister Nominated
1996 Best Performance by a Young Actress – TV Comedy Series (shared with Tamera Mowry) Sister, Sister Nominated
1997 Best Performance in a TV Comedy – Leading Young Actress (shared with Tamera Mowry) Sister, Sister Nominated
2001 Best Performance in a TV Movie (Comedy) – Leading Young Actress (shared with Tamera Mowry) Seventeen Again Nominated

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