Tia Mowry is opening up some of the challenges and difficulties she faced as a dual-race child star in the 1990s.
In the new episode of her web series, Tia Mowry’s Quick Fix, the actress confessed that she and her twin sister Tamera had a vastly different experience on set compared to her non-racial industry peers. ‘.
The former Sister Sister star accused the twins of facing inequality in wages, compared to actors of their caliber and status as well as cultural and racial stereotypes.
Confession: Tia Mowry, 42, shares the adversity she faced as a dual-race child star in the 1990s in the new episode of her web series, Tia Mowry’s Quick Fix
Tia and Tamera started appearing in commercials and minor roles in 1990 when they were about 12 years old. But in just a few short years, they became the faces and names of the hit with the hit sitcom, Sister Sister, starting in 1994.
Throughout the years until the 90s, while also working on various projects, Tia began to notice a disparity that was sometimes very obvious.
She recalls: ‘It showed very clearly to me when I walked on set and watched how certain stars or actors would be treated – nicer dressing rooms, better trailers.
‘I understand better now, it was a budget, but back then I didn’t know what a budget is. Obviously what it would be like to watch a show that doesn’t have a diverse cast but only has a bigger budget to make it seem bigger and better. But when it comes to my projects and what I’m doing, you actually see a less intuitive way. ”
She joins: In the new episode of her web series, Tia claims she and her twin sister Tamera had a different experience on set compared to her industry peers who ‘non-ethnic’, includes ‘better dressing room, better brief introduction’
Breakthrough: Tia and Tamera became the faces and names of their six seasons on Sister Sister from 1994 to 1999; The twins were pictured on the set of the hit sitcom
With Sister Sister’s tremendous success, spanning six seasons, in her mind Tia remembered how difficult it was to get paid what they felt deserved.
‘I remember once the show became a hit, it was very common for you to ask for a raise. That’s what happens, isn’t it? People get a raise, ‘she began thinking back over two decades.
“But me and my sister have a hard time getting what we feel we deserve and our wages are never equal to those of our peers.” and that’s frustrating. Very, very frustrating. ”
Pay Unequal: After Sister Sister became a hit, Tia said that ‘wages are never equal to our colleagues’ is not diverse; And that’s frustrating. ‘
Prejudice: The mother of two, 42, says she faces cultural and racial stereotypes, including being accused of not being ‘black enough’; Tamera was pictured on the left with co-stars Tim Reid, Jackée Harry, Marques Houston, and sister Tia
The 42-year-old mother of two continues to talk about how her natural curly hair and lighter complexion and how her sister is often controversial during auditions and on set.
‘The interesting thing about being a biracial actor is how you get labeled. You’re going to have to fit in some kind of stereotype, ‘she explains before offering a concrete experience.
‘I have been told that I am not black enough, which is very odd and weird for me. ‘You don’t look black enough. I think you will be better suited as a Latino. ‘ How is it? These are curators who don’t understand the different nuances of Black culture. ”
She also believes that people with behind-the-scenes power, such as the casting director, producer and director, have ‘a vision and a perspective, or a perspective, of a black girl’s appearance. . ‘
Silver coated; Tia maintained the adversities she faced as a child star that helped shape her into a hard-working and always-striving person; pictured at home on monday
Seemingly self-proclaimed as the ultimate professional, Tia maintaining adversity really helped shape her impressive work ethic.
‘Nothing came easy for me. At that time I always had to work harder. I always have to be better than average, ‘she confessed.
And I guess if I didn’t go through what I was or if I didn’t see what I saw as a kid, I wouldn’t think I would have been what I am today, freak hard worker thing. For guessing what? It is difficult to work with someone. ”
In a voice full of confidence, she added, ‘and that’s why I became such a dresser because I like, okay, if that’s the way, I’ll show you; I will go to a place where you cannot treat me that way. ”
Tia Mowry’s quick fix airs every Friday on Kin Network on YouTube and Facebook Watch.
Family matters: The actress has been married to husband Cory Hardrict for 12 years and proud parents of his 9-year-old son Cree and daughter Cairo, two,