They used to be inseparable during their early years acting together.
But Tamera Mowry revealed Friday that she and her identical twin sister Tia Mowry haven’t been able to see each other in more than six months as the coronavirus pandemic has raged throughout the US.
The 42-year-old actress said she hadn’t been able to travel down to Los Angeles to see her sister as the city had been hit by a surge in COVID-19 cases, she told ET.
Separated: Tamera Mowry, 42, revealed to ET on Friday that she hasn’t seen her twin sister Tia Mowry in six month due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic; Tamera (L) with Tia in 2012
‘I still haven’t seen her, physically,’ Tamera said.
‘I live in Napa and then there was a surge in LA, and right when we were actually going to head up there, there was a surge in La and it wasn’t wise for all of us to go there,’ she explained.
‘We were going to meet up, [Tia’s] working on Family Reunion and the time, it didn’t work. But I know for a fact when we see each other we’re just, we’re gonna cry.’
That was her reaction during a video interview with ET from March after she opened up about not being able to see her extended family members in person.
North and South: ‘I live in Napa and then there was a surge in LA, and right when we were actually going to head up there, there was a surge in La and it wasn’t wise for all of us to go there,’ she explained; Tamera pictured in November 2019
Since it hasn’t been safe or wise for the families to meet up in person, they established a scheduled to keep in touch via video chat.
‘Every two weeks, we Zoom each other and we have happy hour. We have a glass of wine, we talk about what’s been happening. I mean, we text almost every other day. But there’s something about visually seeing your loved one, but there’s something even better, obviously, just the human connection and touch — and hug and I just I can’t wait to do that,’ she said.
These past six months are the longest period the twins have been apart from each other.
Complicating matters is that their acting jobs now require rigorous quarantine and safety procedures, so it would break the rules to hang out with each other, even if they thought it was safe.
‘We’ve been mapping it out. We’ve been like, “You know, it’s been like, six months!” And it sucks, because with COVID, and when you’re working on a set, they are so particular. It’s more like a skeleton crew now, so it’s insane.’
Up to date: The two now have a video chat routine to stay in touch. ‘Every two weeks, we Zoom each other and we have happy hour. We have a glass of wine, we talk about what’s been happening’; Tia (L) and Tamera in 2013
Glory days: Tamera called their series Sister, Sister’s newfound popularity on Netflix ‘The coolest experience ever’; pictured in November 2019 in Burbank, California
Elsewhere in the interview, Tamera opened up about the newfound popularity of her and Tia’s series Sister, Sister, which recently became available to stream on Netflix.
‘Netflix gave it to the people and holy crap, I feel like I am reliving when Sister, Sister aired on ABC the first time. The coolest experience ever,’ she said.
The actress also recounted her delight at running into a girl who was watching the series on her iPad in a doctor’s office waiting room and seeing the shock on her face when she looked up.
As their fans have been clamoring for a reboot or continuation of the series, Tamera said, ‘We have not given up.
‘It seriously depends on the timing, and I think the creative idea of it… I can tell you this, if there is a reboot in any kind of way: a movie, a series, or whatever, it’s going to be awesome,’ she said.
Reboot? ‘We have not given up,’ she said of the possibility of a reboot, adding that it would be ‘awesome’ if they got it off the ground; publicity still for Sister, Sister