Tia Mowry Approaches New Horizons
Speaking of before, you were a child star. How would you feel if Cree wanted to be in the show biz?
You know, it’s inevitable because his dad’s an actor, his mom’s an actress. I’m just telling you, I just looked at some pictures where we just did this photoshoot and he is just smiling and cheesing away in this picture [laughs], it’s great! So to deprive him of something that he really wants to do would just hurt my heart, but he has one ultimatum: he has to go to college, finish and have an education, then after that he can do whatever he wants.
We’ll see more of him on the show, but what else can fans expect on this upcoming season of Tia and Tamera?
Well, what they will see different this season is how I will balance being a working mom, and I think this is what a lot of women experience. Will you always feel guilty? Yes. Will that guilt ever go away? No. It is so hard because I really find myself crying sometimes because I’m away from my son but then I have to change my perspective some. This is actually making me a better mom, because I am providing him with the best, so it’s very bittersweet; you will see me doing that.
With Tamera, you will see her kind of struggling with where her home is because her husband’s family is up in Napa and he lives in Napa. You can tell that her husband’s heart is in Napa, but where is Tamera’s? It’s something that I think a lot of women can relate to when you first get married. You don’t really see men doing much sacrificing for their wives and their jobs on where they want to live; it’s always the women that give up their lives. But with my sister, you can see the struggle and juggle.
Now, Tia and Tamera is in a totally different category of reality shows such as Basketball Wives. How do you view those type of reality shows?
I haven’t seen Basketball Wives, but I heard about it. I am a huge fan of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, but I just think that Tamera and I have a different take on these reality shows. I remember when we were pitching our show to different networks, many of them didn’t want to pick it up because they felt like we didn’t have enough conflict. My sister and I were like, ‘We aren’t those type of people,’ so it’s all about us being positive role models. People always say it’s nice to see fresh, vibrant, funny women on television, and that’s my sister and I. That’s how our career has always been and we knew we weren’t going to change who we are for the show business, so it’s kind of something that has been accepted.
How do you feel about the reactions to The Game this season and the changes that have been made?
I basically agree with them. I do think the show is different and it’s taken a new turn, but it’s not a new show. It is more from a drama perspective now and these last few episodes have been amazing. It’s almost like you are watching a mini-movie, and for the fans that watched it from the beginning, they can’t adjust well to the difference, but new fans love it because it’s a real show. I have to appreciate that these characters are real and they come from a realistic perspective. We talk about topics that a lot of people don’t want to talk about.
So what would you tell the old fans now in order for them to get on board?
Just basically get on board because these are the same characters, same writers, same producers, the only difference is that it is shot differently.
Awhile back we got to see you in a different light when you appeared in Pleasure P’s “Under” video. Can you see yourself doing more music videos?
Oh my god! If Usher asks me to be his leading lady, I would def do it. [Laughs] I say that because I love his music and I’m a huge fan of his. I love Usher’s new video to “Climax.” I think the reason I say Usher because he would try to take it from an actor’s perspective, so I think I would be a great fit.
Looking beyond the vids, what’s next?
I want to be an entrepreneur especially in the baby world and with my sister. I want to build a brand from scratch and focus on it, whether it’s building a television show for positive women of color, movies and building a brand with my ‘mommy-hood.’ I would love to do more books and continue to come out with products that inspire women to be amazing moms and give them amazing advice. But I also love to act. I like to give myself a challenge. A lot of people didn’t think I could be this character on The Game coming from Sister Sister, so now I would like to even raise that bar and try to book a drama, whether that’s me being a doctor, lawyer or cop, so that’s my next thing that I definitely want to do. I want to continue to build my brand, continue to act and build my brand as a unit with my sister.