Jul. 6th, 1978
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Tia Dashon Mowry-Hardrict (born July 6, 1978) is an American actress. In 2013, Mowry became the main subject of the Nickelodeon's Nick at Nite show Instant Mom.
Mowry was born in Gelnhausen, West Germany. Her mother, Darlene Renee Mowry (née Flowers), managed her children's careers even 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 caucasian, has English 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.
Mowry 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 plays 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.
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 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.
Beginning July 2011, the Style Network began airing, Tia & Tamera, a reality show which follows the day to day lives of the twins; Tia being pregnant and Tamera engaged planning her wedding.
Mowry and her sister Tamera are both singers.
In May 2012, Tia published her first book, Oh, Baby: Pregnancy Tales and Advice from One Hot Mama to Another, about her pregnancy and being a working mom. In May 2012, Mowry stated via her Twitter that she would not be returning to The Game, for a sixth season.
Mowry met actor 'Cory Hardrict' while filming the movie Hollywood Horror. They dated for six years; became engaged on Christmas 2007, and married (April 20, 2008) in California. The couple's first child, a son Cree Taylor Hardrict,(born June 28, 2011). The pregnancy was documented on the show Tia & Tamera featuring her sister, Tamera Mowry, on the Style Network.
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.
Mowry became vegan as a New Year's resolution. She says, "I heard such great things about it. I’m absolutely enjoying it". Mowry also posed for a PETA campaign promoting veganism.
- Seaver College graduate of Pepperdine University
- Father was in the armed services stationed in Germany where Tia and Tamera were born.
- Twin sister of 'Tamera Mowry' (qv).
- Attended Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, California.
- Is majoring in psychology at Pepperdine University, and spent the summer 2001 studying abroad at Pepperdine's Italian campus in Florence.
- Cousin of NFL Fullback 'Jameel Cook' (qv).
- Became engaged to boyfriend of six years, actor 'Cory Hardrict' (qv), at Christmas 2006.
- (2001) Studying at Pepperdine University, Malibu, California - majoring in Psychology with her sister Tamera.