Tia talks ‘Instant Mom,’ child star ‘dysfunction’

    TiaMowry“Instant Mom” has returned Tia Mowry-Hardrict to the studio where she taped “Sister, Sister,” and it’s like coming full circle for the former child star.

    “I have déjà vu moments everyday. My childhood was here at Paramount Studios,” Tia told “Access Hollywood.”

    As a teen, Tia co-starred with her twin Tamera Mowry-Housley in the ‘90s sitcom, but now she’s playing a mom with little ones of her own. That accurately reflects her real life.

    “It is the perfect show for me. That’s one of the reasons why I really wanted to take on this role because it’s the first role where I’m actually able to play a mom. I’m a mom to a 2-year-old right now, and I’m able to use those experiences,” she explained.

    Tia was also excited to return to taping in front of a live studio audience. BET’s “The Game,” the most recent scripted series she starred in, didn’t have viewers standing by with instant reactions.

    “It’s been more than three years since I’ve been in front of a live audience. I miss it,” she said. “I still get nervous. Every single time I step in front of an audience, I get these butterflies.”

    She also gets a little nervous when it comes to son Cree and talk of him possibly becoming a child actor.

    “It’s in his blood,” said Tia who’s married to actor Cory Hardrict. However, she’d prefer for him to go to college and get his education first before choosing a career.

    “I want him to finish college and go to school. He can do whatever he wants after that,” said Tia who admitted that having an acting job while going to school is “a lot of work.” However, she doesn’t think that’s the only reason some child stars struggle with drugs and other problems.

    “It’s definitely the parenting and the parenting skills, but also I think there has to be some sense of dysfunction before all of that came about. I don’t think it’s fair to just blame it on the business and the pressure of the business. There has to be some type of dysfunction brewing before they get there,” she said.

    However, if her son Cree did decide to go into acting at an early age, Tia said she’d get on board.

    “If that’s what he wants to do and he’s verbalizing it to me, I’d have to support him, but it’s not my goal for him right now,” she said.

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