Actor Tamera Mowry-Housley says her faith and parents were essential as a child star

Published: Thursday, July 25 2013 3:45 p.m. MDT

Tamera Mowry-Housley, the 35-year-old actress best known for her role on the TV sitcom "Sister, Sister," recently talked about the important roles faith and parenting played in her life as a child star, as well as the effect her faith has had in her life choices.

During several different interviews, Mowry-Housley described her life as a 14-year-old child star, and how she and her twin sister, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, were able to stay grounded. Mowry-Hardrict expressed that having her sister as a support system kept her grounded, while she touched on the importance of parenting.

"I think a lot of the times parents now are not into parenting their kids. They want to be their best friend/groupie," Mowry-Housley told "Access Hollywood." "They forget that they are kids. It doesn't matter how much money they have. It doesn't mean you stop parenting your child."

In a separate interview, she detailed how her parents maintained typical rules for teenagers in her house growing up.

"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,'" Mowry-Housley told bet.com.

When asked about current celebrities who grew up as child stars, she expressed that she would handle such situations differently.

"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," she said. "Yes, by force. That's what I am saying."

Mowry-Housley's opinions seem to differ from other celebrity parents, and she attributes that to her religion and her own upbringing.

"Honestly, one, my faith has a lot to do with that, but a lot of it comes from my parents," Mowry-Housley said.

Most recently, the actress has been in the headlines for being different by choosing to remain a virgin until age 29. When the actress appeared on New York City's Hot 97 radio show, and in a promotional clip for her new talk show called "The Real," Mowry-Housley was asked to explain her choice.

"I don't know how to explain this. I'm religious, so I waited until I was 29 to lose my virginity," she said.

Mowry-Housley explained, however, that because she wasn't married at the time, she regretted losing her virginity and decided to wait until she got married three years later to have sex again.

"You may not understand this (but) I did it, then I felt guilty, then I became celibate until I got married," she explained on the radio show.

While discussing the same topic on "The Real" talk show she co-hosts, Mowry-Housley described that it was the couple's mutual decision with her future husband.

"I waited a long time to have sex," she said. "Why did I wait? It's because we both share the same religious values."

When asked if she was sure her husband was as dedicated as she was, Mowry-Housley said she had no doubt.

"We talked about it, and I like to believe him," she said.

As the audience applauded for Mowry-Housley's choice, fellow co-host, Tamar Braxton, expressed that she wished she had practiced the same standard and could take back all of her previous sexual relationships prior to her husband.

In April of this year, the twin sisters were on the cover of Essence magazine and discussed their careers as well as their new motherhood.

Mowry-Housley, who recently gave birth to her son Aden, expressed what's most important in her life.

"I've always wanted to be a mother," she said. "I'm a nurturer, a girly girl. I know my priorities: God, family and work... When those things are in check, the work will flow."

The two sisters star in a new TV show, "Tia & Tamera," which premiered in July on the Style Network. They also run a website focused on sisters and motherhood.

Email: spetersen@deseretnews.com

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