Before their hit series Sister, Sister debuted on TV way back in 1994, we sat down with the twin sisters Tia and Tamera Mowry. They were two happy and talented teenagers who enjoyed entering talent contests and traveling the world as Army brats, since both their dad and mom were in the U.S. Army. They talked about how they were each others’ best friend and how they were rarely apart.
Now Tia and Tamera are 34, and they are still very close, but they are both married now, starting families of their own. And they both have separate holiday movies hitting the airwaves very soon. Tamera Mowry-Housley stars in Christmas Angel, airing Nov. 24 and 25 on the uplifting entertainment network GMC. And Tia Mowry-Hardrict stars in The Mistle-Tones, a musical movie premiering Dec. 9 as part of the ABC Family channel’s “25 Days of Christmas” programming.
Our favorite twins are also happy that they have the opportunity to work together on a new season of the Style network’s top rated docu-series, called Tia & Tamera, of course. They explain the show highlights their flourishing entertainment careers, and their funny but sometimes stressful relationship.
Tia is married to actor Cory Hardrict and they have a one-year-old son Cree. Tamera is married to Fox News Correspondent Adam Housley, and just gave birth to their first child Aden, a son born Nov. 12.
Their Tia & Tamera series “shows us as individuals forging our own paths in life,” says Tia, who viewers have seen adjusting to her role as a working mom. Meanwhile, Tamera, who starred in the medical drama Strong Medicine, has been seen expanding her acting roles, going on auditions. Yet she has to balance her career with maintaining her homes in Los Angeles and Napa, California, while preparing to have her first child.
Their show is a hit on the Style network, and Tia and Tamera are proud that they don’t stoop to the kind of reality shows that offer excitement via nasty, name-calling, hair-pulling drama that is the hallmark of many other “non-scripted” series.
“We’re proud to show the funny and loving situations that make up our lives,” says Tia. “We want to be a breath of fresh air to the reality genre. And we know that our audience appreciates that because they tell us on our Twitter page. Many say that it’s nice they can watch our show with their kids.”
Tamera, the older of the two by a couple of minutes, says, “We see ourselves as positive role models. And this is our real lives, we’re not making things up just for the camera. And we’re grateful to the Style Network for allowing us to be who we are. It’s as real as it can get. We didn’t have to change ourselves to fit into what everyone else is doing. My grandmother always said ‘dare to be different,’ and Tia and I have been different, in a positive way, all our lives.”
Both Tia and Tamera joked that their mother, a former Army sergeant, would not approve any drama-fest show from her girls. “She’s still a drill sergeant with us. We may be grown women now, but we are still her children and she is very proud of us,” Tia reveals proudly.
Although the sisters live separate lives, their bond as twins never goes away. Even though they don’t see each other as often as they used to, they make it work for them. Tia says, “We have our families and it makes it difficult to spend a lot of time together. But we love each other. We always talk things out, and don’t go off angry with each other. That’s just part of who we are, and part of our DNA. We’ve been in the womb together, so now maybe it’s good to have a little space every now and then.” That’s the reality of their lives.