Tia Mowry

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Tia 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.

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. +more 72 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Early life

Tia Mowry was born in Gelnhausen, West Germany, on July 6, 1978. 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. +more 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.

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

Tia is two minutes younger than her twin sister, Tamera. Tamera was born first, at 4:30pm, followed by Tia at 4:32pm. +more She also has two younger brothers, actor Tahj Mowry and musician 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. +more 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. +more 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. +more 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. +more 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. In May 2012, Mowry revealed on Twitter that she would not be returning to The Game, for a sixth season. +more From 2013 to 2015 she starred in the NickMom/Nick at Nite series Instant Mom.

From 2015 to 2017, Mowry starred in her Cooking Channel series Tia Mowry at Home, 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 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. On April 29, 2016, she appeared with her twin sister on the daytime talk show The Real, where she promoted her new book Twintution. +more Since 2019, she has starred on the Netflix comedy series, Family Reunion. The show has been nominated for Outstanding Children's Program three years in a row at the NAACP Image Awards, winning in 2020 and 2021.

In September 2021, Mowry released her second cookbook, The Quick Fix Kitchen, published by Rodale Books. The book includes mealtime hacks, tips to bring joy and balance to the kitchen and easy, delicious and healthy recipes the entire family will love. +more In 2021, Tia partnered with Gibson to release an extensive homeware collection, Spice! by Tia Mowry.

Personal life

Mowry met actor Cory Hardrict on the set of their film, Hollywood Horror. They dated for six years, then became engaged on Christmas Day 2006 and married in California on April 20, 2008. +more 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. She gave birth to a son in 2011. On November 8, 2017, Mowry announced that she was pregnant with her second child, a girl. Their daughter was born in 2018.

On October 4, 2022, Mowry announced via her Instagram account that she and Hardrict were separating after 14 years of marriage due to irreconcilable differences.

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
2002The Hot ChickVenetia
2004Bratz: Rock AngelzSasha (voice)Direct-to-video
2005Hollywood HorrorKendra
2006Bratz: Genie MagicSasha (voice)Direct-to-video
2006Bratz: Forever DiamondzSasha (voice)Direct-to-video
2008The American StandardsKate
2013Bratz Go to Paris: The MovieSasha (voice)Direct-to-video
2013Baggage ClaimJanine
2018IndivisibleTonya Lewis

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1990RosieTia TannerEpisode: "Adventures in Blondiesitting"
1991Dangerous WomenJudith Ann WebbUnknown episodes
1992True ColorsReneEpisode: "In a Flash"
1992Full HouseDeniseEpisode: "The Devil Made Me Do It"
1994-1999Sister, SisterTia LandryMain role
1995Are You Afraid of the Dark?Janice RobinsonEpisode: "The Tale of the Chameleons"
1995The Adventures of HypermanThe Bad Emma (voice)Episode: "The Good, the Bad and the Emmas"
1996The Jamie Foxx ShowTia LandryEpisode: "The Bad Seed"
1997Smart GuyRachelleEpisode: "Brother, Brother"
1999-2000DetentionLemonjella LaBelle (voice)13 episodes
2000Seventeen AgainSydney DonovanTelevision film
2001-2005Express YourselfHerselfInterstitial series
2005-2006BratzSasha (voice)17 episodes
2005TwitchesAlex Fielding / Artemis DuBaerTelevision film
2005Love, Inc. +moreKim2 episodes
2006Strong MedicineKeishaEpisode: "My Sister, My Doctor, Myself"
2006-2007GirlfriendsMelanie Barnett2 episodes
2006-2012, 2015The Game (American TV series)Dr. Melanie Barnett-DavisMain Role
2007Twitches TooAlex Fielding / Artemis DuBaerTelevision film
2007America's Next Top Model Herself/Guest StarEpisode: The Girl Who Impresses Pedro
2010Double WeddingDeanna WarrenTelevision film
2011-2013Tia & TameraHerselfMain Role
2012The Mistle-TonesHollyTelevision film
2013-2015Instant MomStephanie PhillipsMain role
2015-2016Fresh Beat Band of SpiesSindy Sauernotes (voice)19 episodes
2015-2017Tia Mowry at HomeHerself / HostMain Role
2016RosewoodCassie3 episodes
2016MistressesBarbara4 episodes
2016Man with a PlanBrendaEpisode: "Un-Dressed"
2017Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & DawnEricka Knightly2 episodes
2017-2018Me, Myself, & IWendy4 episodes
2018My Christmas InnJen TaylorTelevision film
2018A Gingerbread RomanceTaylor ScottTelevision film
2019Prince of PeoriaMeghanEpisode: "Game Night"
2019-2022Family ReunionCocoa McKellanMain role
2019A Black Lady Sketch ShowImaniEpisode: "Where Are My Background Singers"
2019A Very Vintage ChristmasDodie BriteTelevision film
2021RuPaul's Drag Race: All StarsHerselfEpisode: "Side Hustles"
2021Miracle In Motor CityAmber DuPointTelevision Film
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Radio

YearTitleRoleEpisode
2015Sway's Universe: Sway In the MorningHerself"Our Sister, Sister Tia Mowry Goes From The Game to Reality T. V. +more + New Chef Speaks On Keke Issue"
2019The Breakfast ClubHerself"Tia Mowry On Growing Up A Twin, Non-Traditional Parenting, New Series Family Reunion + More"
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Video games

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

Awards and nominations

Honors

1998: Inducted into the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Hall of Fame with her sister Tamera Mowry

Accolades

AssociationYearCategoryTitleResult
Acapulco Black Film Festival2014Best Ensemble CastBaggage Claim
NAACP Image Awards1996Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress (shared with Tamera Mowry)Sister, Sister
NAACP Image Awards1999Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (shared with Tamera Mowry)Sister, SisterWon
NAACP Image Awards2000Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (shared with Tamera Mowry)Sister, SisterWon
NAACP Image Awards2008Outstanding Actress in a Comedy SeriesThe Game
NAACP Image Awards2009Outstanding Actress in a Comedy SeriesThe Game
NAACP Image Awards2011Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Miniseries or Dramatic SpecialDouble Wedding
NAACP Image Awards2012Outstanding Actress in a Comedy SeriesThe Game
NAACP Image Awards2020Outstanding Children's ProgramFamily ReunionWon
NAACP Image Awards2021Outstanding Children's ProgramFamily ReunionWon
NAACP Image Awards2022Outstanding Children's ProgramFamily ReunionWon
NAMIC Vision Awards2014Best Performance - ComedyInstant Mom
NAMIC Vision Awards2015Best Performance - ComedyInstant Mom
Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards1995Favorite Television Actress (shared with Tamera Mowry)Sister, SisterWon
Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards1996Favorite Television Actress (shared with Tamera Mowry)Sister, SisterWon
Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards1997Favorite Television Actress (shared with Tamera Mowry)Sister, SisterWon
Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards1998Favorite Television Actress (shared with Tamera Mowry)Sister, Sister
People's Choice Awards2012Favorite Television Celebrity Star (shared with Tamera Mowry)N/A
Teen Choice Awards2007Choice TV Actress - ComedyThe Game
Teen Choice Awards2012Choice TV Reality/Variety Star - Female (shared with Tamera Mowry)N/A
Teen Choice Awards2013Choice TV Reality/Variety Star - Female (shared with Tamera Mowry)N/A
Young Artist Awards1995Best Youth Comedienne in a Television Show (shared with Tamera Mowry)Sister, Sister
Young Artist Awards1996Best Performance by a Young Actress - TV Comedy Series (shared with Tamera Mowry)Sister, Sister
Young Artist Awards1997Best Performance in a TV Comedy - Leading Young Actress (shared with Tamera Mowry)Sister, Sister
Young Artist Awards2001Best Performance in a TV Movie (Comedy) - Leading Young Actress (shared with Tamera Mowry)Seventeen Again

Living people

Participants in American reality television series

Voices (group) members

20th-century African-American women

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