Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Tamera Mowry-Housley cover the April issue of Essence magazine. The two moms opened up about being working moms in Hollywood, putting God and family first and more. Tamera also opened up about her bout with depression at 19 while Tia talked about her departure from the hit BET show The Game.
BUt don’t feel too bad for Tia. She just shot a Nick at Nite pilot called Instant Mom about a freewheeling woman who marries an older man with 3 kids and she’s set to hit the big screen in Baggage Claim, due out in October. And the two mommies have teamed up to form Mama Need (mamaneed.com) a product line for hot mamas and their babies.
See what the ladies had to say – and yes they still finish each others sentences! And for more photos from Tia and Tamera’s Essence shoot click here.
Tia on being a working mom: I constantly felt guilty at first [for leaving the baby at home]. Tamera’s not there yet but I was. When I go home, I’m a wife, mother, sister, best friend.
Tamera on juggling acting and motherhood: It’s a job. I wash it off every day. As long as acting doesn’t define you, as long as you can get out of that self-ness, you can find the balance.
Tamera on husband Adam makes her better: It was important to me to be with someone who understands my life and my schedules, but who is not an actor. Actors don’t know how to shut it off. With Adam I can just be myself. Our favorite thing to do is talk, but we don’t talk about Hollywood. I’m a better actress by just living my real life.
Tia on husband Cory being her biggest fan: He’s an actor who understands the demands of the business. I’m proud of his hustle. He makes me believe in myself. When I was auditioning for The Game, I was nervous, but Cory coached me. He said, ‘We’re going to kill this.’ Love is important. Love is fine. But there are other things that have to be there to make a marriage work. I’m his biggest fan and he’s mine.
Tia on her departure from The Game: I really enjoyed doing the show but I wanted to focus on other things. I had done a book at the time, I was pregnant, I was shooting Tia & Tamera. There were parts of me that I needed to develop. Melanie was the best character I ever played. I have no regrets.
Tia on how she maintains her bond with Tamera: We text, tweet, call. We make the time because it’s very easy to lose touch. This week we’re having a play day.
Tamara on wanting to carve out her own identity: I loved high school, college and I yearned for normalcy. I didn’t go to prom. I grew up on a soundstage. [In high school I realized] I didn’t want to dress alike anymore. I loved the sisterhood aspect of [being a twin], the built-in-best friend, all that. The only negative is that we were seen as one unit.
Tamera on her bout with depression at 19 when Sister, Sister was winding down: I thought depression was a flaw or a weakness, but it is not. Counseling helped. But Christians frown on that. They say ‘Just pray!’ Plus, people said, ‘You had a hit show. You’re successful. What’s the problem?’ I felt guilty. Tia didn’t really understand but she was supportive. If you confide in her, she opens up.
Tamera on wanting to get into production: [I want to produce] family films I can take the kids to see. I’m old-fashioned and conservative in that way. I’m looking forward to putting myself back out there auditioning. I enjoy the process of auditioning now where I didn’t before. I want to do someothnng out of my comfort zone, like a heavy drama. I want people to see a side of me they never expected.
Tia on how they stay grounded in Hollywood: Integrity and character are more important to me than money or cars or anything else. [Tia recalls a moment when she and Tamera were headed to see Phantom of the Opera and their mom made them finish cleaning the kitchen first.] I still have a photo of me in my opera gown, cleaning. That’s the impression you want to leave.