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Tia Dashon Mowry (born July 6, 1978) is an American actress originally known for her teen role as Tia Landry in the sitcom Sister, Sister (opposite her identical twin sister Tamera Mowry). She also portrayed medical student Melanie Barnett in the comedy-drama series The Game. She also starred in the television movie Twitches and its sequel Twitches Too. Mowry has voiced Sasha in Bratz. She also starred in the sitcom Instant Mom.

Tia Mowry
Tia Mowry on Sidewalks.jpg
Mowry in March 2017
Born
Tia Dashon Mowry

(1978-07-06) July 6, 1978 (age 40)
ResidenceAgoura Hills, California, U.S.
Alma materPepperdine University
OccupationActress
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)
Cory Hardrict (m. 2008)
Children2
RelativesTamera Mowry-Housley (twin sister)
Tahj Mowry (brother)
WebsiteOfficial website

Tia and her sister Tamera were in a singing group in the early 1990s called Voices. The group debuted their first single, "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!", in 1992.

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Family and early lifeEdit

Mowry was born in Gelnhausen in 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.[1][2][3]

Her father, who is white, has 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",[2] 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. She also has two younger brothers, actor Tahj Mowry and Tavior Mowry, who played college football for University of California, Davis.

CareerEdit

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 appeared on an episode of their brother Tahj Mowry's show Smart Guy. They also did voice-over work for the Kids' WB cartoon 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 voiceovers for the Bratz cartoon series 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 stated via her Twitter account that she would not be returning to The Game, for a sixth season. In August 2013 it was announced that she was cast in the lead role in a new Nick at Nite comedy series Instant Mom alongside Michael Boatman and Sheryl Lee Ralph.

Since 2015, Mowry has starred in her Cooking Channel series Tia Mowry at Home[10] where she makes everything from macaroni and cheese, cake, pie, curry chicken, collard greens, shakshuka, potato, galette and various types of cocktails. Some of her guest stars have included her 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.[11] On April 29, 2016, she appeared with her twin sister on the daytime talk show The Real, where she promoted her new book Twintution.

Personal lifeEdit

Mowry met actor Cory Hardrict on the set of their movie, Hollywood Horror.[12] They dated for six years, then became engaged on Christmas Day, 2006,[13] and married in California on April 20, 2008.[14] 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.[15] The couple welcomed their son, Cree Taylor Hardrict, on June 28, 2011.[16][17][18] On November 8, 2017, Mowry announced that she was pregnant with her second child,[19] a girl.[20] The couple welcomed their daughter, Cairo Tiahna Hardrict, on May 5, 2018.[21][22]

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.[23] She recently coached at the battle of the sexes game in Chicago against the Sky of the WNBA.[24]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role
2002 The Hot Chick Venetia
2008 The American Standards Kate
2013 Baggage Claim Janine
2018 Indivisible Tonya Lewis
2018 My Christmas Inn Jen Taylor
2018 A Gingerbread Romance Taylor Scott

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Dangerous Women Judith Ann Webb TV series
1991–1992 True Colors Rene Episode: "In a Flash"
1992 Full House Denise Episode: "The Devil Made Me Do It"
1994–1999 Sister, Sister Tia Landry Lead role
1995 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Janice Robinson Episode: "The Tale of the Chameleons"
1995 The Adventures of Hyperman The Bad Emma (voice) Episode: "The Good, the Bad and the Emmas"
1997 Smart Guy Rachelle Episode: "Brother, Brother"
1999–2000 Detention Lemonjella LaBelle (voice) Main role
2000 Seventeen Again Sydney Donovan TV film
2001–05 Express Yourself Herself Interstitial series
2005–2006 Bratz Sasha Voice
2005 Twitches Alex Fielding / Artemis DuBaer TV film
2005 Love, Inc. Kim Episode: "Hope & Faith", "The Honeymooners"
2006 Strong Medicine Keisha "My Sister, My Doctor, Myself"
2006 Girlfriends Melanie Barnett Episode: "The Game"
2006–2012, 2015 The Game Dr. Melanie Barnett-Davis / Melanie Barnett Main role
2007 Girlfriends Melanie Barnett Episode: "It's Been Determined"
2007 Twitches Too Alex Fielding / Artemis DuBaer TV film
2010 Double Wedding Deanna Warren TV film
2011–13 Tia & Tamera Herself Lead role
2012 The Mistle-Tones Holly TV film
2013–15 Instant Mom Stephanie Phillips Main role
2015 Fresh Beat Band of Spies Sindy (voice) Episode: "The Wow Factor"
2015–present Tia Mowry at Home Herself Host
2016 Rosewood Cassie Recurring role
2016 Mistresses Barbara Recurring role (season 4)
2017 Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn Ericka Knightly Episode: "The Wonderful Wizard of Quads"
2017 Me, Myself, & I Wendy Episodes: "Star Wars" & "New Job"

Awards and nominationsEdit

HonorsEdit

AccoladesEdit

Association Year Category Title Result
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 Wedding Nominated
2012 Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series The Game Nominated
NAMIC Vision Awards 2014 Best Performance – Comedy Instant Mom Nominated
2015 Best 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/A Nominated
Teen Choice Awards 2007 Choice TV Actress – Comedy The Game Nominated
2012 Choice TV Reality/Variety Star – Female (shared with Tamera Mowry) N/A Nominated
2013 Choice TV Reality/Variety Star – Female (shared with Tamera Mowry) N/A Nominated
Young Artist Awards 1995 Best Youth Comedienne in a Television Show (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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Interviews". Archived from the original on August 1, 2008. Retrieved January 4, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Tia, Tamera And Tahj Mowry Keep Laughter In The Family With Hit TV Shows 'Sister, Sister' And 'Smart Guy'. Findarticles.com (March 1, 1999). Retrieved on 2011-07-05.
  3. ^ Tia Mowry Biography (1978–). Filmreference.com. Retrieved on 2011-02-05.
  4. ^ During an appearance on The Wendy Williams Show in 2010, it was stated that for years, the Mowrys believed that they had Italian ancestry on their father's side; however, after researching their family tree on Ancestry.com, they discovered that their father has English ancestry.
  5. ^ Double Devotion – Today's Christian. Web.archive.org (January 9, 2008). Retrieved on 2011-07-05.
  6. ^ TV's tantalizing twins: Tia and Tamara Mowry shared 'Sister Sister' sitcom, schoolwork and singing. Findarticles.com. Retrieved on 2011-07-05.
  7. ^ "Is It True What They Say About Twins?". Jet magazine. April 30, 2001. p. 28.
  8. ^ "Shows – The Game – Cast – Tia Mowry" Archived November 10, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ results, search (June 4, 2013). "Oh, Baby!: Pregnancy Tales and Advice from One Hot Mama to Another". Avery – via Amazon.
  10. ^ Elavksy, Cindy (April 30, 2015). "Celebrity Extra". King Features. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  11. ^ Mowry, Tia. "Mostly Mom with Tia Mowry". www.podcastone.com. Retrieved 2016-06-08.
  12. ^ OWN (August 2, 2017). "An Extended First Look at Black Love - Black Love - Oprah Winfrey Network" – via YouTube.
  13. ^ Tan, Michelle. (January 21, 2007) Sister, Sister Star Tia Mowry Is Engaged – Engagements, Tia Mowry. People.com. Retrieved on 2011-07-05.
  14. ^ Wihlborg, Ulrica (April 20, 2008). "Tia Mowry Gets Married". people.com. Retrieved May 21, 2010.
  15. ^ Hammel, Sara (January 11, 2011). "Tia Mowry Gets Married". People. Retrieved January 11, 2011.
  16. ^ Sister, Sister's Tia Mowry Is Pregnant!. Usmagazine.com. Retrieved on 2011-07-05.
  17. ^ Actress Tia Mowry Reveals Her Baby's Gender – Moms & Babies. UsMagazine.com (August 25, 2009). Retrieved on 2011-02-05.
  18. ^ Blog Archive » Cory Hardict & Tia Mowry Decided On A Name For Their Little Boy. Media Outrage (June 30, 2011). Retrieved on 2011-07-05.
  19. ^ Petit, Stephanie (November 8, 2017). "Tia Mowry and Cory Hardrict Expecting Second Child". People. Time Inc. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  20. ^ "Boy or Girl? See the (Literally) Sweet Reveal for Tia Mowry's Second Child on the Way".
  21. ^ "Cree's Got a Little Sister, Sister! Tia Mowry-Hardrict Welcomes Second Child, a Daughter".
  22. ^ "Tia Mowry-Hardrict Officially Introduces Newborn Daughter — and Finally Reveals Her Baby Girl's Unique Name!".
  23. ^ E-League Atlanta Roster Archived February 1, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.. Eleague.ning.com. Retrieved on 2011-07-05.
  24. ^ Tia Coaches E-League Archived June 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.. Wnba.com. Retrieved on 2011-07-05.

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