Tisha Campbell may be Gina to many people, but for a smaller group of fans, she is Janet “Jay” Kyle from My Wife & Kids. She starred opposite Damon Wayans for five seasons. The pair had an undeniable chemistry that rivaled her chemistry with Martin Lawrence. Campbell has revealed over the years that she was not Wayans first choice for the role, with him even slamming the door during her audition.
Tisha Campbell and her best friend Tichina Arnold have played along side each other a lot over the years. Many may not realize this, but the two have also competed for the same roles. When Damon Wayans began looking for a comedic actress to play his TV wife on “My Wife & Kids”, he was not too sure he could see Campbell doing it, but Arnold was allowed to audition for the role.
Tisha Campbell recalls a casting director telling her that while Wayans was a fan, even calling her family, he could not see himself acting playing opposite of “Gina” for five years as his wife.
Luckily Tichina Arnold was already auditioning for the role and sent her BFF the script to get familiar with the role. When Arnold got her call back, Campbell was right by her side, determined to get her sh-t at the role. Those familiar with Tisha and Tichina’s history will recall they got their debut roles together in the 1980’s dark comedy musical “Little Shop of Horrors” before going on to star in “Martin.”
They’ve made guest appearances in each other’s shows, including “Everybody Hates Chris,” before going on to do a number of hosting gigs together like the Soul Train Awards. Back in April, it was announced the duo had plans to launch a talk show called “Tisha and Tichina Got Issues”. “My Wife & Kids” ran for five seasons on ABC. At the time, it was the longest-running African-American sitcom of the early 2000s.
The final episode, which was directed by Campbell, revolved around the family gearing up for a 4th child after some mishaps where both Kyle and Jay struggled to get preventative procedures done. Unfortunately, the show was canceled that same day due to falling ratings. Their Tuesday time slot put them in competition with American Idol, which was a rating juggernaut at the time. The cancellation was a shock to the cast, who had all believed they were being renewed for a 6th season.
This is how people reacted to this post:
Marissa – Gina was a great Mom for “my wife and kids” and Pam was a great Mom for “everybody hates Chris.
Kennedy – They’re definitely not friends, they’re family. Damn not too many people would help a friend get a role they’re going for and be cool with them getting it over them
Reggie – I can honestly say I didn’t even think of her as Gina when I watched my wife and kids so she did a great job.
Deese – Tichina a real one! She didn’t block her friends blessings, she led her to it! Love them
Traedana – Tisha is very talented actress and I’ve been following her career since Little Shop of Horror, but she will always be Gina Waters to me
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