Tia Dashon Mowry-Hardrict (born July 6, 1978) is an American actress. She first gained fame for her teen role as Tia Landry on the ABC/WB sitcom Sister, Sister (opposite her identical twin sister Tamera Mowry). From 2006-2012, she portrayed medical student Melanie Barnett Davis on the former CW now BET comedy-drama series The Game. She is also notable for starring in the television movie Twitches and its sequel Twitches Too.
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 seriesDetention.
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.
In the Blues Clues episode Blue’s Birthday, Mowry and her sister make a cameo appearance as two of the celebrities wishing Blue a happy birthday in her birthday card. Their only line is said in unison: “Happy Birthday, Blue!”
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 both can sing. They have showcased their vocal abilities on episodes of Sister Sister, including The Supremes’ “You Can’t Hurry Love”, “Amazing Grace” and “I’m Going Down”, which Tamera performed. They also sung the theme song during season five and six.
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 Fall 2012, Mowry will be performing in the ensemble of the national tour of Sister Act with Tamera Mowry as Deloris Van Cartier and Louise Pitre as Mother Superior.
In May 2012, Mowry stated via her Twitter, that she would not be returning to The Game, for a sixth season.