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Tia Mowry
Born Tia Dashon Mowry
July 6, 1978 (1978-07-06) (age 31)
Gelnhausen, West Germany
Occupation Actress
Years active 1993 – present
Spouse(s) Cory Hardrict (April 20, 2008 – present)

Tia Dashon Mowry (born July 6, 1978), also known professionally as Tia Mowry Hardrict is an NAACP Image Award winning American actress. She first gained fame for her role opposite her identical twin sister Tamera Mowry in the sitcom Sister, Sister, playing Tia Landry. She has most recently starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie Twitches and its sequel, Twitches Too. She portrays medical student Melanie Barnett on the CW comedy-drama series The Game.

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Family and early life

Mowry was born in Gelnhausen, West Germany to Darlene Mowry,[1] who managed her children's careers and also worked as a security guard, and Timothy Mowry, who 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]

Darlene, who is Trinidadian and Timothy, who is Italian-American, met in high school in Miami, Florida. Both joined the U.S. Army, and both would eventually reach the rank of Sergeant.[1][2][3]

Her family is "close-knit" and "deeply religious",[2] as the sisters became born again Christians when they were eight.[4] Mowry will take over the role of Pilar from Crystal Joy in the US National Tour of Legally Blonde.

Career

Mowry and her sister began entering pageants & talent shows while their family was stationed in 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 other small roles.

Tia and her sister Tamera are both singers; they were members of singing group The Voices in the early 1990s. They also appeared in Harlem World's music video "I Really Like It" featuring Mase.

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.[5] 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. She 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 had a starring role in the CW television series The Game as Melanie Barnett from 2006, until May 2009. Mowry has been nominated for a Teen Choice Award and a NAACP Image Awards for best actress in a comedy.

In the Blues Clues episode Blue's Birthday, Tia and her sister make a cameo appearance as two of the celebrities wishing Blue a happy birthday in her birthday card. Their only line is said in unison: "Happy Birthday, Blue!"

Mowry can be seen in Pleasure P's music video Under.

Personal life

Mowry married actor Cory Hardrict of Lincoln Heights, on April 20, 2008 at the Four Seasons Resort the Biltmore in Santa Barbara. 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 former co-star, Pooch Hall.[6] She recently coached at the battle of the sexes game in Chicago against the Sky of the WNBA.[7]

Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Notes
2000 Seventeen Again Sydney appearance
2002 The Hot Chick Sissy appearance
2004 Bratz: Starrin & Stylin' Sasha Voice
2005 Bratz Rock Angelz
2007 The American Standards Kate
2009 Hollywood Horror Allison appearance
TV Films
Year Title Role Channel
2005 Twitches Alexandra Nicole "Alex" Fielding/Artemis DuBaer Disney Channel
2007 Twitches Too
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1994–1999 Sister, Sister Tia Landry Main character
2005–2006 Bratz Sasha Voice
2006–2007 Girlfriends Melanie Barnett Recurring role
2006–2009 The Game Melanie Barnett Main character

Awards and nominations

Image Awards

Won

Nominated

  • 2008 – Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series – The Game
Teen Choice Awards

Nominated

  • 2007 – Choice TV Actress: Comedy – The Game

References

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