Outside of the iconic sitcom Sister, Sister, Tamera Mowry-Housley has probably been known most over recent years for her time on the daytime talk show, The Real.
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As one of its original panelists, Mowry brought a unique perspective to the show.
However, in a new sit-down chat with Lewis Howes, she talks about being on the talk show and realizing and understanding that a talk show isn’t a “safe space,” for her, and she learned so by her experiences on The Real.
1. Mowry felt taken out of context on the show
“They will take what you say, put it out of context of who they think you are and that is what happened for years on that show,” she said, as reported by Essence. “I will tell you this, being on a talk show and you can take it or leave it, it’s not a safe space. It’s not. I wish someone would have told me that because then I would have been prepared. I was not. I learned. Think of going to battle but you don’t know you’re going to battle.”
Mowry ended up leaving the show in 2020 and at that point, had learned the game.
“At the end I was fully armed. You can watch the beginning of the season to the end of the season, you see this strong warrior,” she continued. “I wasn’t supposed to know it wasn’t a safe place because I wouldn’t be who I am now. I’ve learned so much about myself doing that show.”
2. Still out of all of this, there were lessons that she learned after her time on 'The Real'
“It is ok to be vulnerable. It is ok to speak your truth,” she continued. “Just because there are people out there who may not agree with your truth, it doesn’t mean there aren’t many people who do. What I found out is, I’d rather have people dislike me for who I truly am than who I’m pretending to be. That’s the reality of it.”