Tia Mowry says Brandy was shy about singing in front of her co-stars of the BET series "The Game," which features the Grammy-winning R& artist in a new and recurring role.
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Mowry, who is 33 and rose to fame with "Sister, Sister," plays Melanie Barnett on the show, which is about women who have relationships with pro-football players. The show returns for a fifth season on Tuesday, January 10 at 9 p.m. ET. Brandy is set to appear in a recurring role as Chardonnay, a sassy bartender.
The 32-year-old is also known for her acting career, having appeared on the teen comedy "Moesha," starting in 1996. In recent years, she has made guest appearances on shows such as "90210" and "Drop Dead Diva."
"This show is a great show to come on because we're supportive, we're loving - we are like family," Mowry told OnTheRedCarpet.com co-host Rachel Smith at the recent premiere of "The Game." "So that's basically how we treated her."
"She just came in, it's like, she was always there, she's a professional, she's great," she added about Brandy. "I like my dynamic with her - it's kind of hilarious, but I don't want to give it away. But the coolest thing is is we'd try to get her to sing a little bit and she's so shy. And we're like, 'Come on girl, really?'"
Mowry said Brandy does not actually sing on "The Game."
The singer told OnTheRedCarpet.com that her "Game" character, Chardonnay, is "very strong, witty, a little ghetto."
"She knows what she wants," she added. "She's just great and she's interested in Jason Pitts but she's interested in him for who he is as a person, not his fame, not his money and she puts him in check."
Coby Bell plays Pitts, a former San Diego Sabers team captain and sports reporter.
"Pretty much all my scenes this season are with Brandy," the actor told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "We had so much fun working together."
He also said that in season 5, "the comedy is back, full throttle," adding: "Last year was more a balance between the comedy and the drama. This year, comedy's taking over."
Mowry said her own character is "a little more independent" in the new season of "The Game."
"She has a little bit more of a voice," the actress said. "In the past, we have seen her extremely submissive to her boyfriend, and now husband. It's important that as women, that we don't lose our identity. I mean, I'm a mom, I'm a wife, and it's important that we continue to do what we love to do. And you see a lot of that with Melanie this year - and I love it."
Mowry also stars with her twin and "Sister, Sister" co-star Tamar in the reality show, "Tia & Tamera," which debuted on the Style Network in August 2011. This is the first time the two have both been cast members on a television series since "Sister, Sister" ended in 1999 after six seasons. "Tia & Tamara," which has been renewed for a second season, last year showcased the actress' pregnancy and weight loss woes.
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Brandy, who won a Grammy for "The Boy Is Mine," her 1998 duet with Monica, is also preparing to release her sixth studio album - her first in about four years. She told OnTheRedCarpet.com fans can expect it in stores as early as March.