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No On-Camera Romances for Tia Mowry and Hubby Cory Hardrict

Mowry Sisters in "Double Wedding" Lifetime photo

Don’t expect to see Tia Mowry and her real-life mate, handsome actor Cory Hardrict, in a romantic movie together.  Ever.  The “The Game” star recoils at the very thought.

“I wouldn’t want to have an on-camera relationship with my husband — kissing and stuff.  It’s too private.  It’s just kind of too weird,” she says, laughing.  “We have worked together in the past.  We met on ‘Hollywood Horror,’ and he guest-starred on ‘The Game.’  We could work behind the scenes, for sure, or on-camera as long as the characters’ relationship is anything but romantic.  That would be awesome.”

Tia was, however, “able to take a little bit from my wedding and what I was feeling and experiencing and apply it” — in the making of her and sister Tamera’s new Lifetime movie, “Double Wedding,” debuting Sunday (6/20).

Tia and Tamera cooked up the romantic comedy that has them vying for the same guy (British hottie O.T. Fagbenle) — and produced it themselves. Notes Tia, “We’ve been in this business a very long time, and we realized we needed to start our own production company, like Ashton Kutcher, Drew Barrymore and Reese Witherspoon.  Being a woman in this business, sometimes the roles become limited as you go along, so we wanted to create our own opportunities.”

Tamera – who’s not married, but in a relationship, by the way — says that it was their mother who advised them to go out to lunch and not return until they had created a list of good ideas.  “We both wanted to do a romantic comedy,” she says.

“There aren’t a lot of vehicles out there for African American women to portray such characters,” adds Tia.  “We came up with this idea and pitched it to Lifetime and they loved it.”

Tamera feels, “I’ve found a new niche behind the camera.  I’m a very creative person, and to be able to take an idea and bring it full circle into a completed movie – it’s an amazing, amazing event for me.  It’s the happiest I’ve ever been in my life.”

The twins now have several other projects in the works, including a pilot they just produced for the Style network.

THAT’S HARSH:  And you thought not getting a rose was tough.  Things are getting meaner out there in the reality TV world.  A pilot is being prepped now for an ABC show in which the losing contestants well be ejected – literally.   As in catapults and human cannonballs and parachute drops of poor contestants who, according to casting notices, “don’t know they’ve lost ‘til they’re flying along…”

THEY’RE BAAAAACK:  A September start date has been set for Craig Gillespie’s remake of the 1985 horror hit, “Fright Night” with shooting planned for New Mexico.  At the same time, Wes Craven is getting ready to begin production on “Scream 4” with his young stars Emma Roberts, Rory Culkin and Hayden Panettiere.

Tia Mowry Recalls Having to Reinvent Herself and Start Over

Tia Mowry The Game, Darren Michaels CW photo

Tia Mowry has the original movie “Double Wedding” coming up June 20 on Lifetime – with herself and twin Tamera sharing executive producer as well as starring credits.  Her “The Game” series is staying alive for a new season on BET.  On the home front, she’s two years into her marriage to handsome actor Cory Hardrict and still sounds like a newlywed when she talks about him.  Things are looking bright indeed.

But Tia remembers all too well how she felt 11 years ago, facing a life transition, wondering if her career was over.  Like other former juvenile stars before her, she had to remake herself, in a way, to find out.

“When ‘Sister, Sister’ ended in ’99, I chose to go abroad.  In 2000, I stayed in Italy for three months.  I traveled around the world – Egypt, Paris, Spain.  I was away from my comfort zone, from all my friends and family,” she tells us, adding that her twin sister, Tamera, was on hand for part of the journey.  “I had to rely on my own strength and God.”

While on the other side of the world, she weighed possibilities for her future, asking herself, “’What is it you really want to do?’  Did I want to pursue psychology” – her major at Pepperdine – “or acting?

”When I landed back in America, I kissed the ground.  I was so glad to be home,” she goes on.  “By then, I realized, ‘I want to act.  I really do.’  But I had to start from the bottom and work my way up.  People still thought of me as a little girl, but I was a woman in an adult body.  I went out and started auditioning for guest parts.  I moved out of the house, to a place of my own in Studio City, where I could feel the energy of being a beginning actor again, out doing the hustle and grind.”

Determined, Tia started getting through to casting directors.  The industry began to see her for the adult she had become.

Meeting with “The Game” creator Mara Brock Akil, “I had to really, really dig deep,’” she recalls.  Akil told her, “‘This is going to be controversial. We write about controversial subjects. We write about sex.’  I thought, ‘You can do this.’”

Of course, Tia did land the lead role of Melanie Barnett in the comedy-drama that takes viewers into the lives of NFL players’ wives and girlfriends.

Looking back, Tia says,  “I learned I could rely on myself and my abilities when I went away.  It was so important.  You have to believe in yourself in order for other people to believe in you.’”