Tamera Mowry: "When I’m Upset, the Hood Comes Out"

The actress gets real on faith, politics and fame.

Posted: 07/16/2013 02:45 PM EDT

Tamera Mowry is probably one of the nicest celebrities in Hollywood. The former child star was able to transition to adulthood without any of the scandals or setbacks that usually plague actors post-puberty. But that doesn't mean she doesn't have an edgy side. 

In our exclusive interview, the new mom and co-host of the talk show The Real reveals her "hood" tendencies, talks about her faith and answers back to those who hate on her marriage and her politics. Plus, Mowry opens up about raising a biracial child.

You're co-hosting The Real, along with Adrienne Bailon, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Tamar Braxton. You guys are all at very different places in life. What perspective do you bring to the table?
I’m a little bit more of the traditional one at the table. People call me old school. Tamar likes to call me 1950s because I just have a very traditional way of viewing the world and not only that, but I’m very positive so I like to see things from a positive point of view. 

From the outside, it can seem like your life is perfect. Do you worry that it could make you seem unrelatable?
I have a lot of challenges in my life. A lot of stresses. The only difference is that I choose to be happy. Am I always happy? No, of course not. I have my moments just like everyone else. Trying to balance work and being a mom can be challenging. I’m just trying to put one foot in front of the other and set my priorities straight and go for it. 

It can't be easy to be positive all the time. What happens when you get really angry?
A lot of people don’t know this about me, but when I’m upset, the hood comes out. People don’t know that about me unless they really know me. My sister will tell you that. I can like, fight. Don't make me mad because that’s when the hood in me comes out!

I wish we could see more of "Hood Tamera" on the show!
People are really surprised! It comes out when it comes to music, too. I like that really East Coast rap. I like Nas, Common

Do you have an "anger anthem"?
[Laughs] Yeah, but mine is kind of corny. It’s "Fireworks" by Katy Perry

One thing I know has gotten a rise out of you is people slamming your marriage [to Fox News correspondent Adam Housley]. Are you surprised that you still get racial comments in 2013?
At first I was shocked, and I took it personally, but there are other interracial couples who receive it as well so I know it’s not just us. And it’s not my issue, it’s theirs. If they can't get over it, and it’s 2013, that’s not my problem. 

Do you ever worry about whether your son will be exposed to enough Black culture?
No, not at all. My marriage is great. He has tons of cousins in his life, he has a great uncle in Jerome [Wiggins]. He has my mom. There’s tons and tons of Black culture there. Not only that but my husband, he encourages it. Our child might have lighter skin, but he is a mixed child. He will know all of his makeup. 

You and your sister [Tia Mowry] are remarkably grounded for people who have grown up in the industry. How did you manage that, and do you have any advice for child actors like Amanda Bynes or even Paris Jackson, who are struggling?
Honestly, one, my faith has a lot to do with that, but a lot of it comes from my parents. If they think I am doing something I shouldn’t be doing, they’re going to check me. I don’t have “yes” people in my life. They always told me, "I don’t care if you have 18 million. You’re still not gonna buy that car, you’re still not going to go to that club. You’re 16 years old." If Amanda Bynes were my daughter, I don’t care what anybody says, I am going to get on a plane and I am going to find her and I won't sleep until I find my daughter. Then I am taking her home and we are going to work this out. Yes, by force. That’s what I am saying. 

Another hot-button issue for you has been politics. You were slammed on Twitter when you made a very neutral comment about the 2012 Vice Presidential debate and people assumed you are a Republican. Can you clarify your political stance?
I always tell people that I am an issues girl, I’m don't belong to a party. I don’t. I vote for whoever I think is capable for the job. That is how both my husband and I are. So, I think I can say I am moderate and a lot of times that shocks people. I’m a Christian, you know, and so sometimes I lean more Republican and sometimes I lean more Democrat. 

There was major backlash against Stacey Dash when she came out in support of Mitt Romney. How did you feel about that?
Does she deserve the backlash? Of course not, it’s just discrimination. You shouldn’t treat a person a certain way because of their religious beliefs or because of their political beliefs or because of their race…I  can go on forever with that and I think it’s wrong and unfair. I really, really do. 

Did you vote for President Obama in either election?
That's getting a little too personal for me to answer. But I will say, I support any president of the United States. 

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