Jackée Harry Almost Turned Down ‘Sister, Sister’ Role: I Didn’t Want To Be A Mom
The popular sitcom featured twin sisters who were separated at birth and adopted by different parents. They discover one another at a mall at 14-years-old. Jackée Harry portrayed the hilarious Lisa Landry, the adoptive mother of Tia Landry (played by Tia Mowry).
She told Entertainment Tonight of the role:
“I had to test for it, I didn’t want to do it, I didn’t wanna be a mom, I didn’t. I said, ‘That’s the end of my career,’ because in those days .. it was like, your career is over, which is true back in the day.”
Fortunately, she signed on to the show and it became a big hit, airing for six seasons before wrapping in 1999. She starred opposite Tim Reid, who played Ray Campbell, the adoptive father of Tamera Campbell (played by Tamera Mowry).
“But I never thought people would like it and the difference being, of course, they were adopted and we were new parents and all that … But then as we started doing it, I got very comfortable with it, and now I can be a grandmother, whatever, you have to transition. You can’t just say, ‘I’ll do it because I’m an actor,’ and then go home and be like, ‘I don’t wanna be a grandmother.’ But I’m a grandma now, and I’m loving that in real life.”
As for a reboot, Jackée Harry said you can count her in as she suggested a storyline.
“Definitely a reboot where they have their own kids, it makes sense. They’re both so vibrant and I love them dearly, we’re very close. I don’t want to do something old.”
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