Tia Mowry in 2017
|Born||Tia Dashon Mowry
(1978-07-06) July 6, 1978
Gelnhausen, West Germany
|Residence||Agoura Hills, California|
|Other names||Tia Mowry-Hardrict|
|Occupation||Actress, model, author, businesswoman, vocalist|
|Spouse(s)||Cory Hardrict (m. 2008)|
|Parent(s)||Darlene Renée Flowers (mother)
Timothy John Mowry (father)
|Relatives||Tamera Mowry-Housley (twin sister)
Tahj Mowry (brother)
Tavior Mowry (brother)
Adam Housley (brother-in-law)
Tia Dashon Mowry-Hardrict (/ˈtiːə ˈmɔːri/; born July 6, 1978) is an American actress and model. She first gained fame for her teen role as Tia Landry on the ABC/WB sitcom Sister, Sister (opposite her identical twin sister Tamera Mowry). From 2006 until 2012, she portrayed medical student Melanie Barnett on The CW/BET comedy-drama series The Game. She is also notable for starring in the television movie Twitches and its sequel Twitches Too. Mowry has portrayed Sasha in Bratz. From September 2013 to 2015, Mowry starred in Nickelodeon‘s Nick at Nite and TV Land comedy sitcom Instant Mom.
Family and early life
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.
Her father, who is white, has Irish ancestry, and her mother is of Afro-Bahamian descent. Her parents met in high school, in Miami, Florida. 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. She also has two younger brothers, actor Tahj Mowry and Tavior Mowry, who played college football for University of California, Davis.
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. 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!”
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 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 Nickelodeon comedy series Instant Mom alongside Michael Boatman and Sheryl Lee Ralph.
Mowry met actor Cory Hardrict on the set of their movie, Hollywood Horror.  They dated for six years, then became engaged on Christmas Day, 2006, and married in California on April 20, 2008. 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. The couple welcomed a son, Cree Taylor Hardrict, on June 28, 2011. On November 8, 2017, Mowry announced that she was pregnant with her second child, a girl.
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. She recently coached at the battle of the sexes game in Chicago against the Sky of the WNBA.
At one point she did decide to become vegan, even posing for a magazine cover dressed in a dress that was made out of vegetables. She is now currently hosting and starring in her own cooking show called Tia Mowry At Home, which stated airing on the Cooking Channel on April 29, 2015, 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, and Brittany Daniel, and Lilly Singh from YouTube and Kelly Rowland from Destiny’s Child.
|2002||Hot Chick, TheThe Hot Chick||Venetia|
|2008||American Standards, TheThe American Standards||Kate|
|1991||Dangerous Women||Judith Ann Webb||TV series|
|1991-92||True Colors||Rene||“In a Flash”|
|1992||Full House||Denise||“The Devil Made Me Do It”|
|1994-1999||Sister, Sister||Tia Landry||Lead Role|
|1995||Are You Afraid of the Dark?||Janice Robinson||“The Tale of the Chameleons”|
|1995||Adventures of Hyperman, TheThe Adventures of Hyperman||The Bad Emma (voice)||“The Good, the Bad and the Emmas”|
|1996||The Jamie Foxx Show||Tia Landry||“The Bad Seed”|
|1997||Smart Guy||Rachelle||“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||Twitches||Alex Fielding / Artemis DuBaer||TV film|
|2005||Love, Inc.||Kim||“Hope & Faith”, “The Honeymooners”|
|2006||Strong Medicine||Keisha||“My Sister, My Doctor, Myself”|
|2006||Girlfriends||Melanie Barnett||“The Game”|
|2006–2012, 2015||Game, TheThe Game||Dr. Melanie Barnett-Davis / Melanie Barnett||Main role
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|2007||Girlfriends||Melanie Barnett||“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||Mistle-Tones, TheThe Mistle-Tones||Holly||TV film|
|2013–15||Instant Mom||Stephanie Phillips||Main role|
|2015||Fresh Beat Band of Spies||Sindy (voice)||“The Wow Factor”|
|2015–present||Tia Mowry at Home||Herself||Host|
|2016||Mistresses||Barbara||Recurring Role (Season 4)|
|2017||Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn||Ericka Knightly||The Wonderful Wizard of Quads|
|2017||Me, Myself, & I||Wendy||Episodes: “Star Wars” & “New Job”|
Awards and nominations
- 1996: Nominated – Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress for Sister, Sister (shared with Tamera Mowry)
- 1999: Won – Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for Sister, Sister (shared with Tamera Mowry)
- 2000: Won – Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for Sister, Sister (shared with Tamera Mowry)
- 2008: Nominated – Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for The Game
- 2009: Nominated – Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for The Game
- 2011: Nominated – Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special for Double Wedding
- 2012: Nominated – Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for The Game
- 2013: Nominated – Outstanding Reality Series for Tia & Tamera
- 2007: Nominated – Choice TV Actress: Comedy for The Game
- 2012: Nominated – Choice Reality Show for Tia & Tamera (shared with Tamera Mowry)
- 2012: Nominated – Choice Female Reality Star for Tia & Tamera (shared with Tamera Mowry)
- 1995 – Won – Favorite Television Actress for Sister, Sister (shared with Tamera Mowry)
- 1996 – Won – Favorite Television Actress for Sister, Sister (shared with Tamera Mowry)
- 1997 – Won – Favorite Television Actress for Sister, Sister (shared with Tamera Mowry)
- 1998 – Nominated – Favorite Television Actress for Sister, Sister (shared with Tamera Mowry)
- 1998 – Won – Hall of Fame Award (shared with Tamera Mowry)
- 1995 – Nominated – Best Youth Comedienne in a TV Show for Sister, Sister (shared with Tamera Mowry)
- 1996 – Nominated – Best Performance by a Young Actress – TV Comedy Series for Sister, Sister (shared with Tamera Mowry)
- 1997 – Nominated – Best Performance in a TV Comedy – Leading Young Actress for Sister, Sister (shared with Tamera Mowry)
- 2001 – Nominated – Best Performance in a TV Movie (Comedy) – Leading Young Actress for Seventeen Again (shared with Tamera Mowry)