*Actress Hilary Duff became an idol to fellow former child star Tia Mowry Hardict when she talked openly about the difficulties of losing the weight that having a baby produces.
It’s not easy for most women to just bounce back, but Tia she found strength in Hillary’s journey.
“I remember when I had my baby. I was looking at everybody like ‘Damn, how are they on the beach after two months in a bikini? What the hell are they doing?’” the 34-year-old actress told Us Magazine. “I went to my OB because I thought something was wrong with me, because that’s all I would see! And she said, ‘No, honey, that’s fine.’”
It seemed all the women in the industry was having babies and apparently bouncing back like teenagers after a bad weekend of eating. But when Hilary Duff publicized her struggle with losing the baby fat, Tia found a new hero.
New mom and twin sister Tamera is also finding her way into her new body.
“At first you’re shocked. You’re like, ‘My body’s completely different.’ Your boobs are in your face, you have stretch marks, you have curves that you never had before…. My husband said, ‘Happy girls are pretty girls,’ and he keeps telling me that. Enjoy the phase that you’re in. I’m enjoying it!”
*In the second season of “Tia & Tamera,” Style Network’s number one show, the girls are back, but this time they’re attempting to navigate life with new babies and marriages, while being career women.
In an interview with Ebony.com, Tamera chats about her experience while being pregnant on the show.
She’s in her third trimester, expecting to deliver in October, and she’s gushing with love.
“I never knew you could love something so much and he’s not even born yet,” she says. “I never knew how excited I would become just when I see the ultrasound. That’s my way of seeing him and I love that and I can’t wait to meet him.”
Tia’s got a head start on the whole motherhood thing. She says raising her son has been a life-changing experience.
“I’ve learned a lot about myself actually. I’ve learned how to be more patient. When you don’t have a child and you’re a hard worker who’s always on the go, you’re on a fast pace,” Tia says. “But when you have a child you have to learn how to slow down and just be patient. My son gets me to enjoy the simple things in life. I really enjoy just going to the park and spending an hour with him at the park now. At the park, I’m just another mommy hanging out with the other moms and watching our kids play, and I love that.”
Check out the full interview at Ebony.
*Being a part of the reality series world, which is typically heavy laden with drama, violence, and a totally warped presentation about black women, Tia Mowry-Hardict is actually glad her series, “Tia & Tamera,” is different than the rest.
But she isn’t surprised some shows take it to that level.
“I remember when we were pitching our show to different networks, many of them didn’t want to pick it up because they felt like we didn’t have enough conflict,” Tia told Vibe.
Viewers will not find the twins throwing blows at one another or giving up all the dirt. The network complains, but the girls know that their show is something that goes against the grain and people like that.
“My sister and I were like, ‘We aren’t those type of people.’ So, it’s all about us being positive role models. People always say it’s nice to see fresh, vibrant, funny women on television, and that’s my sister and I,” said Tia, who is a fan of “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”
Despite the minority that grumbles at the lack of dramatic scenes in the show, the new season begins June 11 on Style network.
*Since “The Game” came back, fans can’t get enough of the drama. So BET is heeding to the call of the people and has renewed the modern soap opera for the sixth season.
The details about the new episodes haven’t yet been revealed, but today, Thursday, at the annual “upfront” sessions, BET will officially make the announcement.
Also, another hit show, “Let’s Stay Together” won the hearts of BET watchers and will be returning for its third season.
Additionally, BET is expected to unveil their hour-long pilot starring Gabrielle Union called “Being Mary Jane.” It’s produced by the lady with the hot hand these days, Mara Brock Akli, and was previously called “Single Black Female.” Also look for an announcement about the sitcom “Young Man On Campus” starring teen actor/singer Jacob Latimore.
If you’re wondering about the Tracee Ellis Ross/Malcolm-Jamal Warner sitcom “Reed Between The Lines,” reports say it’s in limbo land. Don’t be surprised if it doesn’t return.
*Style Network has renewed breakout reality hit “Tia & Tamera” for a second season, the network announced in a press release.
The show starring twin sisters Tia Mowry Hardict and Tamera Mowry-Housley premiered Aug. 8, posting the network’s most-watched series launch in history with 750,000 viewers. The following week, the series shot up to 920,000 viewers to log Style’s most watched telecast ever.
Production on the second season, which will chronicle Tia’s new role as a working mom and Tamera’s life as a newlywed, is slated to begin later this year.
“We are excited to continue following Tia and Tamera’s journeys both personally and professionally,” Style president Salaam Coleman Smith said. “Being a part of their major life transformations, including the fun, dramatic and private moments, has resonated with our viewers who come to Style for the inspirational and aspirational stories.”
After five weeks on the air, Tia & Tamera is tracking to become Style’s highest-rated series ever across all key demos, including adults 18-49 (490,000) and women 18-49 (410,000) as well as total viewers (755,00).
The series’ eight-episode freshman season wraps Oct. 8.
The renewal gives Tia Mowry two hit cable series heading into Season 2 — she also stars on BET’s record-breaking ratings winner “The Game.”