The real name of Tika Sumpter is Euphemia LatiQue Sumpter. She is an American model, actress, television host, and producer. The beginning of her career was in 2004. Since 2004 to 2005, she was the host of The N reality series and Best Friend’s Date. She also starred as Layla Williamson in the ABC daytime soap opera One Life to Live. Furthermore, in 2010, she got the leading female role in Stomp the Yard: Homecoming.
Tika Sumpter was also a part of The CW’s Gossip Girl. In other words, she played the role of Raina Thorpe. Also, she played the role of Jenna Rice in the BET sitcom The Game. Later, she had supporting roles in What’s Your Number? And Think Like a Man, in 2011, and 2012, respectively. Then, she starred in Sparkle, as well as in A Madea Christmas.
Some of her other roles include the leading female role of Candace Young in the soap opera The Haves and the Have Nots; the role of Angela Payton in comedies Ride Along (2014), and Ride Along 2 (2016); the role of Yvonne Fair in Get On Up (2014); as well as the role of Michelle Robinson Obama in Southside with You (2016).
Tika Sumpter was born on 20 June 1980, in Hollis, NYC, New York. In 2019, she turned 39. At high school, she was a cheerleader. Considering the fact that she has kept her life out of social media, not much about Tika’s personal life is publicly known. Her father’s name is Arthur Curtis Sumpter, and her mother is Janice Acquista. She has a sister Chauna Sumpter.
In 2009, she married the actor Hosea Chanchez, known for his roles on For Your Love, and The Game. In 2012, the couple divorced.
In 2016, Tika became engaged to Nicholas James, who acted in The Haves and the Nots. Both Tika and Nicholas have tried to keep their relationship out of the public eye. On October 8, 2016, the couple welcomed a baby girl, Ella-Loren. Since the relationship has been kept private, the information about the wedding has not been revealed yet.
Before becoming an actress, Tika Sumpter worked as a waitress. She began modeling and therefore appeared in commercials for Hewlett-Packard and Liz Claiborne’s Curve fragrances.
Her career set off in 2004 when she began co-hosting the N network series Best Friend’s Date. The following year, her acting career began by portraying the character of Layla Williamson, in the ABC daytime soap opera called One Life to Live. Thanks to her starring as Layla, she was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Best Actress in a Daytime Drama Series, in 2008. The first time she appeared on the screen was in 2005, and she remained committed to the role until 2010.
When it comes to the movie industry, her debit was the leading female role in Stomp the Yard: Homecoming, in 2010.
Also, from January to May in 2011, she played the role of Raina Thorpe in The CW teen drama series Gossip Girl.
Tika also has the experience of starring in music videos. For example, she was the girlfriend of Jason Derulo in the music video for his song called ‘It Girl.’
In 2011, she starred in the romantic comedy called What is Your Number?, whereas, from 2011 until 2012, she played the recurring role of Jenna Rice in the BET comedy series The Game.
Tika Sumpter as Michelle Obama
In 2016, Sumpter portrayed the young Michelle Obama in a romantic comedy about the early romance between Barack and Michelle Obama, called Southside with You. This film was a success and got positive reviews. The interesting fact is that Tika Sumpter co-produced the film as well.
Not only is Tika Sumpter talented for acting, but she is also multitalented which is proven by numerous reviews, such as Variety review about the performance of this actress: “It’s a tall order to bring a living, breathing icon to life. But that’s just what Tika Sumpter does, checking in with America’s First Lady before she ever landed at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Playing Michelle Robinson when she was just an up-and-coming corporate lawyer, Sumpter slowly lets her guard down, allowing an idealistic Barack Obama to charm her into going to an art show, a community gathering and a Spike Lee film.”
TV shows Tika Sumpter starred in:
2004–2005, Best Friend’s Date, as Tika Sumpter.
2005–2011, One Life to Live, as Layla Williamson.
2006, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, as Vegas.
2011, Gossip Girl, as Raina Thorpe.
2011–2012, The Game, Jenna Rice.
2013, Being Mary Jane, as Tonya.
2013–present, The Haves and the Have Nots, as Candace Young.
2015, Bessie, as Lucille.
2018, Final Space, as Quinn.
Movies Tika Sumpter starred in:
2009, Brooklyn’s Finest, as Neighborhood girl.
2010, Stomp the Yard: Homecoming, as Nikki.
2010, Salt, as Front desk woman.
2011, Whisper Me a Lullaby, as Emma.
2011, What’s Your Number? as Jamie.
2012, Think Like a Man, as Dominic’s ex-girlfriend.
2012, Sparkle, as Delores “Dee” Anderson.
2013, A Madea Christmas, as Lacey.
2014, Ride Along, as Angela Payton.
2014, My Man Is a Loser, as Clarissa.
2014, Get On Up, as Yvonne Fair.
2015, You Never Left, as Euphemia.
2016, Ride Along 2, as Angela Payton-Barber.
2016, Southside with You, as Michelle Robinson Obama.
2018, The Old Man & the Gun, as Maureen.
2018, Nobody’s Fool, as Danica.
2019, An Acceptable Loss, as Elizabeth “Libby” Lamm.
2019, Sonic the Hedgehog, as Mrs. Wachowski.
2019, The Nomads, as Cassey McNamara.