Even though they had a hit sitcom in the 90’s, working in Hollywood wasn’t easy for Black actress Tia Mowry-Hardict and her twin Tamera Mowry-Housley.
“It was very evident to me when I would walk on sets and see how certain stars or actors would be treated who weren’t of ethnicity — better dressing room, better trailer,” Tia Mowry recalled on her YouTube series, Tia Mowry’s Quick Fix.
“I’ve been told I’m not Black enough, which was very odd and weird to me,” the Sister, Sister star said. “‘You don’t look Black enough. I think you would fit more of the Latino role.’ It’s like, what? These were casting directors who did not understand the different shades of Black culture.”
Although the show was attracting tons of viewers, the sisters still were not getting the pay they deserved, Tia Mowry added.
“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. 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, and that was frustrating. Very, very frustrating,” she explained.
Here’s what she said on her YouTube series.