Life After Sister, Sister: How Tia and Tamera Mowry Have Maintained Their Bond and Their Careers 20 Years Later

Sister, sister—by no means knew how a lot I missed ya.

It is type of exhausting to fathom, nevertheless it’s been 25 years because the world first met Tia and Tamera Mowry with the debut of Sister, Sister as a midseason substitute on ABC’s iconic TGIF lineup—and it has been 20 since they mentioned goodbye to their alter egos Tia Landry and Tamera Campbell when the present signed off for good on Could 23, 1999, by then a veteran of upstart rival community The WB’s schedule. 

However saying goodbye to the beloved characters after six seasons did not imply that we have been pressured to say goodbye to both of the Mowrys themselves. And that is as a result of, over the course of the final 20 years, the similar twins have managed to maintain their careers afloat in a method that usually eludes most stars who get their begin on the tender age of 14. And within the course of, they’ve additionally managed to maintain the factor that helped earn them the highlight within the first place, their unshakable and considerably supernatural sisterly bond, firmly intact.

After rising up and dwelling out their awkward teenage years in entrance of cameras and tens of millions of eyeballs, the twins took a web page out of the playbook belonging to not their Hollywood contemporaries, however the tens of millions of common youngsters throughout the nation and did one thing actually revolutionary: they each enrolled at Pepperdine College to pursue twin psychology levels. 

“I suppose that Tamera and I grew up naturally; we did not drive something in society. We did not make any bulletins that mentioned, ‘Take a look at us we’re adults.’ Like being thrown in magazines with no garments on,” Tia informed Vibe in 2011. “Some folks selected that route and say, ‘Take a look at me I am an grownup now. I took my garments off, see?’ Tamera and I did not do, we grew up, we stepped away for a second and went to school.”

Whereas attending the Malibu, Calif. college, the pair additionally took benefit of every thing it needed to provide them, ensuring to review overseas and see components of the world as far-flung as Egypt, Italy, France, and Spain. “I grew up after which I got here again,” Tia defined. “However I simply lived my regular life and stayed regular. Tamera and I weren’t out getting drunk. We have been at school and I feel that centered us.”

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After receiving their levels, each Tia and Tamera returned to their day jobs, starring collectively in tasks like Disney Channel’s Twitches franchise and Seventeen Once more, earlier than permitting their paths to diverge as they pursued solo gigs like Robust Drugs (for Tamera) and The Sport (for Tia). And alongside the way in which, they managed to make that transition fully with out scandal, one thing they attribute to their devoted mother and father Darlene and Timothy, who introduced them and their youthful brothers Tahj (who starred in a sequence of his personal, Sensible Man) and Tavior up in a close-knit, religious residence. (The sisters grew to become born-again Christians once they have been eight.)

“I’ve to present the entire credit score to our mother and father,” Tamera informed Huffington Put up in 2011. “They’re actually pleased with what we do, however they’ve little interest in Hollywood, in order that they weren’t dwelling vicariously by way of us, they usually weren’t making an attempt to be our greatest pals. They have been our mother and father. They taught us that you just should not establish your self with Hollywood; establish your self with your self.”

It is a lesson that they are award their friends have not at all times been in a position to grasp. “They establish themselves as in the event that they’re working and if they don’t seem to be working, and a few have this pious ‘I’ve this reward and I am higher than everybody else’ type of perspective,” Tamera added. “So when all of it goes away, they don’t have anything left. Simply do not forget that Hollywood just isn’t your life.”

After all, having your twin standing beside you as you try and navigate Hollywood is a definite benefit, regardless of how well-adjusted you’re. “Tia and I’ve twin telepathy,” Tamera mentioned. “I do know precisely what she’s pondering, I can really feel her and I can sense her. All I’ve to do is look in her eyes and I can inform what she’s pondering and visa versa.”

“Having Tamera with me on this enterprise was at all times a assist,” Tia informed Vibe. “As a result of once I puzzled if I’d ever get one other job once more she understood what I used to be going through. And we’d assist to construct every others’ confidence ranges.”

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Whereas they’ve at all times been in a position to pivot into new arenas to maintain their careers not simply afloat, however thriving—a joint detour into actuality TV in 2011 for Tia & Tamera on the now-defunct Type Community, a longtime internet hosting gig on syndicated speak present The Actual for Tamera, a Cooking Channel sequence entitled Tia Mowry at Residence for her twin—they’ve each been in a position to handle to construct wealthy residence lives that would rival the upbringing they obtained once they have been younger. 

For Tamera, her love story started when a Pepperdine professor set her up with Fox New correspondent Adam Housley in 2005. Regardless of wanting to maintain targeted on her profession, an e mail from Adam received her over they usually launched into a primary date at P.F. Changs that made clear they have been those for each other.  “I actually cherished who she was and I am like, ‘That is somebody I can see spending the remainder of my life with,'” Adam informed Yahoo! Way of life in 2018. 

“I like Adam as a result of he has a good looking soul. This man, it hurts him not to care. He’ll give the shirt off of his again to a stranger—nicely, it is easy to present to a stranger, however Adam will give the shirt off his again on a chilly day to somebody he would not even like,” Tamera gushed to Ebony in 2011. “He simply believes within the ethical code. He believes in values. He believes in household. He believes within the Golden rule. He’s probably the most beneficiant human being I’ve ever met.”

The couple, who welcomed son Aden in 2012 and daugher Ariah in 2015, ultimately tied the knot in 2011 after six years of relationship and one break, which Tamera concedes was essential to creating theirs a long-lasting partnership. “I by no means wished to be married within the infatuation stage,” she informed HuffPo. “A variety of the time when folks get married within the infatuation, it can go down. That’s inevitable. The infatuation stage won’t final ceaselessly. I might fairly marry my husband within the stage the place I do know what I am entering into and what it may be like for our life collectively.”

Tia’s happy-ever-after arrived when she met actor Cory Hardrict on the set of indie film Hollywood Horror in 2001. And like her sister, it was Cory’s robust religion that drew Tia to him. “He is a powerful man of religion and prayer. I discover that essential for me as a result of I’m the identical method,” she informed Ebony. “This enterprise is tough and I wanted somebody who would say ‘Tia, get in your knees and pray,’—whether or not it is business-wise or private—and that is what I like about Cory.”

It additionally did not harm that he is a real gentleman. “After we first began relationship, Cory requested permission to kiss me,” she added. “That is once I knew Cory was the one. He is such a gentleman and actually, actually candy.”

The 2 welcomed son Cree in 2011 and daughter Cairo in 2018 after strolling down the aisle in April 2008.

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Through the years, diverging profession paths and rising households have meant that there is typically much less time for each other. And that means hiccups in a relationship born at start. However they’ve at all times accomplished the work to maintain issues on monitor. When Tia & Tamera was on the air, that meant attending remedy collectively. “Remedy is so essential. Totally different folks have totally different views on life. It is essential so that you can learn to respect these variations and remedy actually helped with that,” Tia informed Ebony. “Tamera and I usually are not in remedy anymore however the affect that it is had on us is at all times count on the perfect out of your sister and I feel that when someone’s emotions are harm, you robotically flip to the judging facet. Once you robotically assume the perfect, you will not be as harm, you will say ‘Perhaps she’s going by way of one thing as a result of I do know my sister loves me.'”

And now, it is their kids who assist maintain the sisters tight. “Our lives are very busy. She lives up north and I stay in Southern California. However what’s so superb is how our kids are what actually, actually brings us nearer collectively,” Tia informed Folks final 12 months. “It’s the most lovely factor to see.”

As she defined, it is the kiddos who remind them to make household a precedence. “Regardless of how busy we get or how we now have our separate lives with our separate households, we now have kids that basically convey us collectively,” she added. “The youngsters are so shut and get a protracted so nicely. They act extra like siblings.”

And in instances of deep sorrow, they’re at all times, at all times there for each other. When tragedy struck final fall as Tamera and Adam’s beloved niece Alaina Housley misplaced her life within the mindless taking pictures on the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Tia was, in fact, there to assist her sister as solely she might. “Tamera is such a household lady and is supporting her husband and his household by way of this, and Tia in fact is doing something she will as nicely,” a supply informed HollywoodLife following the tragedy. Tia and Tamera are as shut as sister presumably could possibly be, and speak upwards of 5 instances a day. They’d every drop something for the opposite which is strictly what occurred.”

“Tia and husband Cory will do something they’ll to assist Tamera and Adam,” the insider added. “The husbands and children are all very tight knit and shut as nicely and making an attempt to get by way of this.”

Whereas it is unclear when the 2 may work collectively once more—their final joint endeavor was the e-book sequence Twintuition, which launched its fourth entry in Could 2018, and a much-discussed Sister, Sister revival has by no means managed to move the “in talks” stage—it is clear that the Mowry siblings aren’t going anyplace. Tamera might be discovered on The Actual each weekday for the foreseeable future, whereas Tia is making her option to Netflix with a starring position in upcoming sequence Household Reunion. They usually’ll be doing it with the opposite of their nook and a philosophy that hasn’t allow them to down but.

“Ever since we began doing Sister, Sister, we had a imaginative and prescient for the place we wished to go,” Tamera as soon as informed Glamour. “And now quite a lot of the exhausting work is paying off. It has at all times been essential for us to point out totally different aspects of who we’re. We’re not simply actors. We went to school. I like to consider myself as a really educated and good human being, so I wished to capitalize on that. I like every thing about entrepreneurship and about proudly owning your profession and doing what you like to do.”

As Tia informed Ebony, “This world is a loopy place. The fact is we’re not right here for a very long time. With that mentioned, I like to decide on to give attention to the constructive as a result of no matter you throw out comes again at you. I imagine when you’re a good-hearted individual that may positively come again to you. Are issues good? No. However I will give attention to the constructive and you may be unfavorable all by your self.  Happiness is a alternative. And I’ve additionally discovered that somebody who needs to give attention to the unfavorable will not need to be round somebody constructive. Perhaps that is the method proper there!”

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