“The coolest thing is that my sister and I, you know, we’ve done what a lot of people have not been able to do, which is to have our own careers, together.” Tia Mowry
Along with her identical twin sister Tamera Mowry, Tia Mowry shared the spotlight while starring as on-screen twins separated at birth in the sitcom "Sister, Sister" (ABC, 1994-1995; The WB, 1995-1999). She now stars as Melanie Barnett, an intelligent young medical student who is also the girlfriend of a new NFL third-string receiver (played by Pooch Hall), on The CW's comedy series “The Game” (2006-present).
Tia also co-starred with her twin sister in the magical TV movie "Twitches" (2005) and its sequel, "Twitches Too" (2007) and has guest-starred in such TV shows as "Full House," "Are You Afraid of the Dark," "Love, Inc.," "Strong Medicine," "Bratz" and "Girlfriends."
On the big screen, the 5' 5" actress, the wife of actor Cory C Hardrict, could be seen in the films "Seventeen Again" (2000), "The Hot Chick" (2002), "The American Standards" (2007), and "Hollywood Horror" (2008).
Childhood and Family:
Born in Gelhausen, West Germany, on July 6, 1978, Tia Dashon Mowry was raised by a close-knit deeply religious family in Honolulu, Hawaii, and Killeen, Texas, where Tia competed in pageants. Her Italian-American father was a retired army sergeant and her African-American mother also worked for the military and went on to manage her daughters' careers.
“I think it's something that needs to be said, that there are interracial marriages out there and the couples live happy lives and there's nothing wrong with it.” Tia Mowry
Tia, who was born two minutes after twin sister Tamera, has two younger brothers, Tahj (born in 1986) and Tavior Mowry (born in 1993). All of the Mowry children's first names start with "T" because their dad's name starts with "T" (Timothy) and their middle names start with "D" because their mom's name starts with "D" (Darlene). Tia's cousin is NFL Fullback Jameel Cook.
After being bitten by the acting bug, she and her twin sister Tamera begged their parents to move to California where Tia attended Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, California, and studied psychology at Pepperdine University, in Malibu, CA, while their father became a police officer with the Los Angeles Police Department. She also spent the summer of 2001 studying abroad at Pepperdine's Italian campus in Florence. Tia and her twin sister's career would later be managed by their mother.
During Christmas 2006, Tia became engaged to her boyfriend of six years, actor Cory C Hardrict, who co-starred with her in the independent film "Hollywood Horror" (2008). They were married on April 20, 2008, at the Four Seasons Resort in Santa Barbara, CA. Tia now lives in Los Angeles with her Chihuahua and her husband.
While living in Texas, Tia Mowry and her twin sister Tamera won several beauty pageants and modeled for catalogues. At age 12, the twins begged their parents to move to California so they could pursue acting. In 1990, their family moved to California permanently, settling in Los Angeles, and the girls began appearing in commercials, which included an ad for Chrysler Motors, and in small roles in the comedy "ABC TGIF." They also appeared in the syndicated soap opera "Dangerous Women” and Tia was spotted as a guest in an episode of the hit ABC sitcom "Full House."
In 1994, Tia and her twin sister landed their first big break when they starred in the WB sitcom "Sister, Sister," in which they played twin girls separated and adopted at birth who come face-to-face after 14 years apart. Tia played the All-American bookworm twin from inner-city Detroit while Tamera portrayed the boy-crazy twin from the suburbs.
Premiering during the 1993-1994 season on ABC, the show was canceled after the 1994-1995 season, but The WB renewed the show for the 1995-1996 season. The show won Tia and her sister a string of awards, including two Image Awards in 1999 and 2000 for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series and three Kids' Choice Awards in 1995, 1996 and 1997 for Favorite Television Actress.
Following the demise of "Sister, Sister," Tia appeared in a TV commercial for Old Navy and voiced Lemonjella LaBelle for the Kids' WB cartoon series "Detention." She was also nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie (Comedy) - Leading Young Actress for her work in Jeffrey Byrd's comedy film "Seventeen Again" (2000). Tia then played cheerleaders, alongside her sister, in the movie "The Hot Chick" (2002). Additionally, she voiced Sasha on the FOX 4Kids cartoon series "Bratz" (2005) and starred with her sister in the Disney Channel original movie "Twitches" (2005). They would later reprise their roles in the sequel "Twitches Too" (2007).
Tia next appeared in an episode of her sister's television show on Lifetime, "Strong Medicine” and was cast in the starring role of Melanie Barnett, a first-year medical school student, on the CW sitcom "The Game," a spinoff of the long-running sitcom "Girlfriends." Her work in the show earned an Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series and a Teen Choice Award nomination for Choice TV Actress: Comedy. Premiering on October 1, 2006, the series will begin its third season on Friday, October 3, 2008.
During this time, Tia appeared in the films "The American Standards" (2007), a romantic drama by writer director Joe Wehinger in which she co-starred with James Brolin, Corin Nemec, and Joanna Cassidy, and "Hollywood Horror" (2008), a horror directed by Bernt Amadeus Capra.
Image: Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series, "Sister, Sister," 2000 (shared with Tamera Mowry)
Image: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, "Sister, Sister" 1999 (shared with Tamera Mowry)
Kids' Choice: Blimp Award -- Favorite Television Actress, "Sister, Sister," 1997 (shared with Tamera Mowry)
Kids' Choice: Blimp Award -- Favorite Television Actress, "Sister, Sister," 1996 (shared with Tamera Mowry)
Kids' Choice: Blimp Award -- Favorite Television Actress, "Sister, Sister," 1995 (shared with Tamera Mowry)