Tia Mowry talks about her longevity, her cooking show, and gets emotional about her son

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"I'm the type of person where I don't forget where I came from."

Tia Mowry has been a household name since "Sister, Sister," which she famously starred on with her twin sister, Tamara, debuted over 20 years ago. But, unlike some stars who tend to dismiss their name-making first big projects as childish or dated, Mowry insists that she embraces her past as a child star.

"I never look at 'Sister, Sister' as something that's small -- I look at it as a stepping stone," she explains. "When I'm doing projects with my sister, it's like I'm constantly giving back to my fans that have allowed us to be where we are today. I never forget those fans that want to see us together."

Working with her sister, she says, "becomes special because I'm still giving thanks to where I started." And, even though she does appreciate the past, Mowry is all about living in and appreciating the present. What keeps that appreciation and passion for the business alive? Her family.

"My husband is really supportive of my career. He is more supportive of my career than myself, and he is constantly rooting me on -- I have someone picking me up and that encourages me."

As much as her husband makes an impact on her ability to keep pushing herself, her son, Cree, has truly been the driving force of her career since he was born. The influence her of her son has affected all aspects of her life, and he has even pushed her to become more in control of the direction of her own career.

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Tia Mowry talks about her longevity, her cooking show, and gets emotional about her son
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 3: Tia Mowry attends a special screening of Open Road Films' 'Spotlight' held at the DGA Theater on November 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Actress Tia Mowry and son Cree Taylor Hardrict attend the premiere of 20th Century Fox's 'The Peanuts Movie' at The Regency Village Theatre on November 1, 2015 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 05: Tia Mowry arrives at the Industry Screening Of Sony Pictures Classics' 'Truth' at Samuel Goldwyn Theater on October 5, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: Actress Tia Mowry leaves the 'Today Show' taping at the NBC Rockefeller Center Studios on April 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 27: Actress Tia Mowry visits SiriusXM Studios on April 27, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 21: Tamera Mowry (L) and Tia Mowry sign and discuss their new book 'Twintuition' at Barnes & Noble bookstore at The Grove on April 21, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 13: Actor Cory Hardrict and actress Tia Mowry attend the premiere of 'Brotherly Love' at SilverScreen Theater at the Pacific Design Center on April 13, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 11: Actress Tia Mowry attends the 2015 TV LAND Awards at Saban Theatre on April 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - APRIL 4: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) Tahj Mowry, Tamera Mowry-Housley and Tia Mowry attend Tamera Mowry-Housley's baby shower at Casa Del Mar on April 4, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Actress Tia Mowry attends the Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Focus' premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre on February 24, 2015 in Hollywood, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - MARCH 22: Actress Tia Mowry-Hardrict arrives at Twentieth Century Fox And Dreamworks Animation's 'Home' Premiere at Regency Village Theatre on March 22, 2015 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
COMPTON, CA - MARCH 07: Actress Tia Mowry-Hardrict attends Tia Mowry-Hardrict And Nickelodeon's Nick Jr 'Beyond The Backpack Partner With Compton Unified School District For Kindergarten Registration Event at McKinley Elementary School on March 7, 2015 in Compton, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16: Actress Tia Mowry discusses 'Whole New You: How Real Food Transforms Your Life, For a Healthier, More Gorgeous You' with the Build Series at Build Studio on March 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 03: Actress Tia Mowry-Hardrict attends Hollywood Today Live at W Hollywood on January 3, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - OCTOBER 23: Actress Tia Mowry attends the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation's 27th annual 'A Time For Heroes' at Smashbox Studios on October 23, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/WireImage)

"[When Cree was born,] I literally saw myself turn into this lioness," Mowry says. "I was shy about voicing my opinion and putting the control in my hands. I used to put the control in other people's hands and think, 'If they want me, they'll call me.' But I don't have that mentality anymore. My mentality is, I go out and I get it -- I don't take no for an answer."

When continuing to talk about her son, she revealed something that she had "never told anybody before," and she broke down in tears.

"When I'm feeling like I'm about to crack or die when I workout, I think of my son behind me," as she says this, her voice cracks and she begins to trail off. "I picture him behind me in a little chair, and I'm like, 'Let's do this! I can't let you down!' That's what motivates me."

And being a mom to 4-year-old Cree is what inspired her to begin her newest venture -- "Tia Mowry at Home," a half-hour cooking show on the Cooking Channel. She explained to us that being a mother comes with built-in communities -- "of moms at the park, at the doctor's office, at school, your friends who are moms" -- and that there's always a topic being discussed in those communities. When she noticed that healthy, nutritious eating kept coming up, Mowry decided to act on it.

"We live in a generation where there aren't a lot of stay-at-home moms -- moms are working, and moms are doing what they love to do. How can we be working moms and still put [healthy] food on the table? If I can do it, you can do it too," she says. "[My show] is all about practicality and being an influence for all of the other moms out there."

On "Tia Mowry at Home," Mowry tends to "cook family-style dishes with healthier alternatives" while also "appealing to the masses," something that, she says, can be difficult to balance. But that balance is what makes it fun, and we'd say she's doing a pretty amazing job at it.

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