For Tia Mowry-Hardrict, the balance of being a career woman and a loving wife is the ultimate dream. And, these days, at 32, she's living it in real life, but not necessarily on-screen.
The 'Sister, Sister' star, who just announced she is pregnant, is back on television in 'The Game,' which was canceled two years ago by the CW but has been resurrected and given new life with a fourth season on BET.
In real life, she's happily married to actor Cory Hardrict, but on the dramedy her relationship with Derwin (played by Pooch Hall) has had its fair share of ups and downs – and continues to be a struggle despite their love and devotion to each other.
"Melanie and Derwin are the same, but they are very different," she told BlackVoices.com. "Derwin is a star now. Before, he was a rookie and trying to get his name know,n and now he is a superstar and Melanie is the wife of a superstar football player."Her character, who was previously career-focused and set on becoming a doctor, is now the glamorous wife. It's a love story Mowry believes is similar to NBA power couple Kobe and Vanessa Bryant.
"When you first saw Vanessa and she was engaged, she was just this girl from high school. She wasn't in designer clothing, she was just this natural, pretty girl," she explained. "Now, when you see Vanessa, she's decked out, and she's the wife of a pro-NBA basketball player. Now (on the show), Melanie is always looking fly."
The NAACP Image Award winner continued, "Melanie is like, 'I have to be there for my man and I'm putting my studies on the back burner,' and that's one thing that I love about 'The Game.' Many women do that and lose themselves a little bit to become mothers and to become great wives."
"She loves this man so much. Her love grows so much for Derwin. You will see a lot of their love this year. They love each other. You see that bond. I don't want her to lose herself completely, [but] I'm pretty sure there is going to be a twist. Something is going bite Melanie in the butt," she revealed.
Yet, in real life, the German-born beauty, whose pregnancy will be documented in a Style Network reality show with twin sister, Tamera, says that her goal is to continue striving for the best in her career and also being a devoted wife.
"I think that women should have a great balance in life. I think that we should be able to focus on our careers and also be able to be a good wife and be a good mother. I think we can do both. There are many women out there who believe that," she said.
She added, "I want to be able to have it all. I want to say 'I'm a mother and a wife' and I want to be a businesswoman as well."
Mowry is letting it be known that just because she is a working woman doesn't mean she isn't throwing all of her love and support behind her real-life actor husband, just like her character Melanie.
"My husband has a movie coming out called 'Battle Los Angeles.' It's the biggest movie he's ever been in and he is a lead," she exclaimed. "Here I am, I am going to be supporting him with his career. "
And we're sure he will be right there cheering her on, too.
'The Game' airs on BET Tuesdays at 10 p.m. EST.
Tell us, BV readers, have you ever put your career on hold for your significant other?