“Sister, Sister” delivered the laughs but it didn’t always deliver equality, according to the sitcom’s lead stars.
Tia Mowry-Hardrict, who starred on the ABC-turned-WB 1990s sitcom along with identical twin Tamera Mowry-Housley, is opening up about pay inequality the sisters faced, particularly when compared to their counterparts who “weren’t of diversity.”
“I remember once the show became a hit, it’s very normal for you to ask for a raise, that’s what happens, right? People get raises," Mowry-Hardrict, 42, said on Friday’s “Tia Mowry’s Quick Fix” webisode.
“But it was always so hard for my sister and I to get what we felt like we deserved. And our paycheck never equaled our counterparts that weren’t of diversity,” she recalled of that “very, very frustrating” reality.
The “Family Reunion” star also spoke about her experience with being stereotyped as a biracial actor.
“I’ve been told I’m not Black enough, which was very odd and weird to me,” she said of casting directors, producers, and other creators with “one perspective of what a Black girl should look and act like.
“Black women are beautiful and we have many different shades to us. ... There’s so many different textures to our culture. I personally didn’t like being put into this box of what a Black girl should be or what a Black girl should look like.”
The “Twitches" star also noted that the adversity she’s faced has made her a harder worker and she’s just happy she’s positively impacted fans.
She recalled fans telling her how “Sister, Sister” had “helped my childhood” or inspired them to embrace their natural beauty.
Mowry-Hardrict said reactions like that put "a big smile on my face because everything that I do, I want to inspire, to encourage and to uplift.
“Knowing that I was able to help young Black girls believe in themselves and believe that they are beautiful and believe that they are valued, really makes me feel happy," she said.
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