Tia Mowry has a lot of "firsts" to be proud of.
Two months ago, she and husband Cory Hardict welcomed their first child. The happy new mom is currently writing her first book on the journeys of motherhood, and last Monday, her new reality show Tia and Tamera (which she produces and stars in with twin sister Tamera) debuted with nearly 1.5 million viewers, making it the most watched series premiere EVER for Style network.
This isn't the first time Tia helped a show break records. She had the same luck when the highly anticipated fourth season of The Game aired on BET with 7.7 million viewers. It became the #1 ranked sitcom ever in cable history.
Apparently, there's no slowing down this 32-year-old actress. When her fans show up, they show out!
Essence asked her how she's able to manage motherhood and work, what makes her fans so loyal and why Tia and Tamera is different from other realty shows out right now.
Have you found a strategy, if there is one, to balancing being a mom and working?
Yeah, just learning to go with everyday changes and making quick adjustments. If you think that things are not going to change, you'll go crazy. I just learn to go with it. It's amazing. It's so much fun. I love taking care of my son. I love being a mom. It is definitely one of the most rewarding experiences in the world.
This is the first time fans see you and your sister outside of playing a character. What would you say is the difference in your personalities?
I think with my sister, and I always say this to her, she tends to be very optimistic and sometimes because of that she can be a little naïve, whereas I'm a lot more grounded in reality. I'm also a go-getter. Not saying she's not, but I'm very aggressive with it. If someone says no, I'm going to make you say yes, whereas my sister is like, okay!
For Mowry's thoughts on the pressure to drive ratings with conflict and why she "adopted [her husband's] lifestyle," visit Essence: 5 Questions with Tia Mowry on Motherhood, Health, & Reality TV
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