Tia & Tamera Mowry Once Auditioned for Another 90s Hit Sitcom before 'Sister, Sister' Fame

Kareena Koirala
Mar 20, 2021
08:50 P.M.
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It is impossible to imagine "Sister, Sister" without the iconic twins Tia and Tamera Mowry, but things would have been pretty different had one of them secured a role in another hit 90s show they auditioned for.


"Sister, Sister" introduced its audience to twins Tia and Tamera Mowry who would steal their hearts and be household names. Without them, the show would not have been the same. 

The twins graced televisions as Tamera Campbell and Tia Landry from 1994 to 1999, all thanks to one failed audition. That's right. If it was not for that rejection, they would have never been on the show. 

Tia Mowry at the 2019 US Vets Salute Gala on November 05, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images


In an interview with BuzzFeed, Tia revealed she and Tamera auditioned for the hit 90s show, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." She wanted the role of Ashley Banks which was later played by Tatyana Ali.  

"My sister and I both auditioned for that role, but we didn't get it. But we're glad we didn't get it, because we probably wouldn't have done 'Sister, Sister.'"


Fate had better things in store for the sisters. While they made myriads of memories on the show, there were times when they felt demoralized because of wage disparity. 

And then there were times when Tia was told she was not Black enough for some roles.


According to Tia, she and her sister did not get a raise when the show became a hit. The saddest part is, the actors who were not Black did not have such an experience. 

Tia said their paychecks did not equal to their co-stars who were not of diversity. During the early days of her career, the actress noticed people were treated differently on sets. 


And then there were times when Tia was told she was not Black enough for some roles. Her understanding was that those casting directors did not understand the many shades of Black culture.

If there is one good thing that came out of having to work harder than the others, it is Tia's work ethic, and she is proud of it. She would not be as successful as she is today if it was not for her untiring diligence. 

Despite all that, Tia believes the show did a pretty good job of representing Black culture. She will be forever grateful for having been given that opportunity. 

Tia and Tamera are hoping for a "Sister, Sister" reboot. During an episode of People's "Defend Yourself," Tia said a potential follow-up series was on hold due to some legalities.