Reality Show a Prickly Matter for Family Members of ‘Tia & Tamera’

Their reality show set a ratings record for the Style Network, but it sounds as if “Tia & Tamera” might be a little too real for some members of the famous twins’ families.  

 As viewers of the series know, the Mowry sisters have been showing plenty of stress in episodes that have Tia in her last weeks of pregnancy and Tamera as a bride.

 “Both of the husbands are huge surpporters,” says Tamera, referring to her groom, Fox News correspondent Adam Housley, and Tia’s husband, actor Cory Hardrict.  “Anything that makes their wives happy and successful, they’re going to support.  But I don’t think either of our husbands are going to be doing another season.”  Why not?  “Well, I can’t speak for Cory, but I know my husband is very particular about making sure he keeps his job,” Tamera answers with a laugh.                      

Then she says, “No, I’m sure every now and then, if I needed him, he’d come in and do something.  It’s really too early to say for either of them, whether they’d come back.  I don’t want to put that out there.”  She does say, though, that if there’s a Season 2, she’d like to focus more attention on her and Tia’s work world.

 Then, there’s Tia’s and Tamera’s mom.  “She never agreed to the fact we did a reality show,” Tamera says.  “She’s still kind of… not really…let’s just say she’s adjusting.  You know, it’s one thing to have people judge your work, but seeing that you are putting yourself out there — it’s challenging to have people judge you as a person.  That’s getting too close to home.  You have to learn to ignore the negative things people say.”

In fact, Tamera admits that if she’d known then what she knows now, “I don’t know that I would have done it at the times in our lives when we were both so vulnerable.”

 She sounds wounded when an internet review calling her a “bridezilla” is mentioned.  “Honestly, I don’t think I was a bridezilla.  Look at the bridezilla shows.  I am nothing compared to those.  I never had those moments of screaming at my sister.  I just wanted her there with me.  We love each other, and I was there for her 150 per cent when she had her wedding.  And in return, for the biggest day of my life, she didn’t lift her finger.  I absolutely wanted her there, and when she couldn’t do things, I was frustrated and sad.  But I never thought of myself as being bridezilla-ish or selfish,” says Tamera, who eventually designated her best friend as maid of honor — “a huge, huge issue” — with Tia being deemed matron of honor. 

Still, she insists that the show has brought her and Tia “closer  — so much closer.  It was therapeautic, in a way.  When you’re in the middle of a situation, it’s kind of hard to have empathy for the other person.  But when you’re on the outside, watching, you say, ‘Oh, now I know what she was going through.’  We communicate better because of the show.”

 Now, the dust has settled.  Tamera is infatuated with her new nephew, Cree, and loves their weekly nap time.  Tia will be going back to work on her BET hit series “The Game” next month, and Tamera has just booked a new movie.  She’ll be playing teacher to fellow former Disney Channel juvenile star Kyle Massey — who’ll play a former child star — in “Friendship Day.”  They’re making it for DirecTV beginning Oct. 1.

 For all its difficulties, “Tia & Tamera” deserves credit for showing the sisters working through their differences in a healthy way.  And the matter-of-fact presentation of their racially integrated family and circle of friends is nice.  Tamera sounds uncertain about a Season 2, though.  “We’ll have to take it one step at a time.  “Anything and everything Tia and I do, we have to make sure it’s fun.”

5 thoughts on “Reality Show a Prickly Matter for Family Members of ‘Tia & Tamera’

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  2. CC

    Tamera, you were NOT a bridezilla. You were only wanting to have your sister cooperate just as you had done. Fair is fair. Nothing wrong with that.
    Sorry, Tia, you were being a diva and needed and wanted attention. That took away from Tamera and put the attention back on you. Crazy time for there to be a wedding and pregnancy at the same time, both of you deserved the attention that you would have liked but I gotta go with the wedding day, it was only going to be A DAY, the baby was still in the oven and Tia you had the rest of the time to have the attention on you.
    You guys worked it out though and that is great! That’s all that matters.
    I love both of you guys, you make a great team. Love your show and love the giggle girls!

  3. Gina

    Luv, luv, luv ur show, Tia n Tamara! Stay true to yourselves n Him. All things will work out. God bless!

  4. Poster

    I’m just wondering with a pregnancy and wedding between the two girls why we haven’t seen their mother in any episodes. I would think both times is when a girl(s) would need their mom the most but she is never shown. Are they ashamed of her?

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