Tia Mowry-Hardrict has always been seen as one-half of an Amercan sweetheart pair since she and her twin sister, Tamera Mowry, starred on “Sister, Sister” in the ’90s. Since then, Mowry-Hardrict began to move away from that wholesome image with her role on the “The Game,” but now she’s taking it even further with a role as a lesbian woman on Morris Chestnut’s new crime drama “Rosewood.” And in a recent interview, Mowry-Hardrict opened up about what it’s like portraying someone who is attracted to the same sex.
As previously reported, Mowry-Hardrict signed on to a major recurring role as the character of Cassie, a former homeless teenage lesbian turned restaurateur with a past involving the character of Pippy (Gabrielle Dennis), who she met when they were both just kids.
In a recent interview with HuffPost Live, Mowry-Hardrict spoke about her character in more detail.
“I play Cassie and Cassie is Pippy’s ex-lover and Cassie she was a homeless teen. When Pippy and Cassie were together years ago, she was the one who made Pippy comfortable with her sexuality,” Mowry-Hardrict said.
Mowry-Hardrict also opened up about how she prepared for playing a lesbian character and explained that she focused more on the fact that Cassie was homeless.
“I just started to think about the time that I volunteered at a homeless shelter years ago when I was in college. The homeless shelter had teens there,” she said. “I just remembered their experience and what they were going through, what their needs were, what their expectations were.”
Mowry-Hardrict also said she spoke to her gay friends about the role and asked them for advice in playing the character.
“They were like, ‘Tia, just be yourself. Just be your charismatic self,'” she said. “There is no difference.”
Well, we’re interested to see how Mowry-Hardrict does in this dramatic role.