One of Hallmark’s most popular stars, Tamera Mowry-Housley has starred in half a dozen movies for the network, including Christmas flicks, romantic comedies, and a film in Hallmark Channel’s Mahogany series.
Tamera Mowry-Housley rose to fame with her twin sister Tia Mowry on the ABC/WB sitcom Sister, Sister. What some fans may not know is that Tamera and Tia pitched the show to network executives.
“My sister and I met with Irene Dreyer and Suzanne de Passe, and we loved Sweet Valley High, that show, and of course The Parent Trap,” she said in a 2022 interview with Parade. “We just got our heads together, thought of an idea with Kim Bass as well, who’s known for all that, and we would go to different networks and pitch it, and sometimes do a scene.”
Following her success on Sister, Sister, Tamera went on to become one of the hosts of the daytime show The Real. She also starred in movies for Disney and Pure Flix. In 2011, she married journalist Adam Housley after six years of dating. They have two children.
In 2022, she published a memoir titled You Should Sit Down for This: A Memoir About Life, Wine, and Cookies. In the book, she shared stories about the pressures of being a teenage star, the challenges of balancing family and career, and why it’s okay for women to hide out in their closets when they just need a few minutes of peace.
According to a promotion for the book, “Being raised in Hawaii as an army brat instilled in her the discipline needed to succeed and conquer her dreams, but she felt secluded and sheltered, and wondered if living on her own terms would ever be her reality. Then, she decided it would. Tamera stopped letting other people define her, tapped into her faith, and tossed away negativity to hone her own happiness and create a unique path forward for herself.”
A Christmas Miracle (2019)
In this Miracles of Christmas movie, Mowry-Housley starred as Emma, a single mom who has just moved to Denver with her son to start a new job as an executive assistant at a lifestyle magazine.
Hoping to get a job as a writer, Emma pitches a story about a Christmas miracle. While working on the article, she develops a friendship with the magazine’s photographer (played by Marcus Welsh). The two decide to help make a wish come true for a lonely local street musician known as Santa Dean (played by Barry Bostwick).
Christmas Comes Twice (2020)
Mowry-Housley played Cheryl, an astrophysicist who works for the National Science Foundation.
When she returns home for the holidays, she heads to the local Christmas carnival with her sister (played by Zarrin Darnell-Martin). She takes a ride on a carousel, only to find out that she has somehow traveled back in time to five years earlier.
She makes contact with her science teacher (played by Sheryl Lee Ralph) and her former “frenemy” George (played by Michael Xavier). As she is reminded of why she loves science, she also develops new feelings for George. But when she finally figures out how to reverse time travel, she must ask herself if she wants to leave this new life behind.
The Santa Stakeout (2021)
In this Christmas rom-com, Mowry-Housley and Paul Campbell starred as police detectives assigned to go undercover as a couple to solve a series of heists taking place at high-profile holiday parties.
Though the detectives at first clash, they soon find they have more in common than they thought. As they participate in the neighborhood’s holiday activities, they become swept up by Christmas. They begin to see each other in a new light and start to fall in love.
In this movie, one in Hallmark’s Mahogany series, Mowry-Housley starred as one of three friends headed on a girls’ weekend. In an interview with Parade, Mowry-Housley shared what she liked about the movie.
“Each of these girls is at a pivotal moment in their life where they’re existing, but they’re not living,” she said. “This trip challenges them to search within and not live for their mom or their dad, or not live just for their children. Don’t forget who you are even though you’re married and have kids, or go for that business opportunity to evolve. That is what this movie is about. And of course, it’s Hallmark, so it has romance. But romance isn’t necessarily the center of it, it’s more about having that romance with yourself, and each girl has a different rediscovery.”
Inventing the Christmas Prince (2022)
Mowry-Housley starred as Shelby, a rocket scientist, widow, and devoted single mother. Right before the holidays, she tells her daughter a fairy tale about a Christmas prince with a white horse and carriage.
When her daughter meets Shelby’s boss (played by Ronnie Rowe Jr.), she becomes convinced he is secretly the Christmas prince. Shelby begs him to play along, and soon she begins to develop feelings for him.
Dream Moms (2023)
In Dream Moms, Mowry-Housley played Danielle, a one-time off-Broadway performer and former backup singer. When her brother RJ (played by Roger Cross) introduces her to Claire, a former professional dancer and single mother, the two hit it off. RJ convinces them to enter a televised nationwide talent show. Though the women are hesitant at first, they soon decide to chase their Broadway dreams a second time.
In an Instagram post, Mowry-Housley mentioned that the movie was the first in a series of films produced under Hallmark’s new Make Her Mark program. Founded by actress and filmmaker Ashley Williams, the program promotes mentorship between experienced and aspiring female directors.
Dream Moms was directed by Jessica Harmon, who was shadowed by actress Crystal Lowe (yes — that Crystal Lowe). The Signed, Sealed, Delivered star will now direct a film of her own for Hallmark.