Tika Sumpter is one of Hollywood’s most well-liked actors, best known for her dependable performances in TV shows and films that have captured the hearts of millions of people all over the world. She is well known for being an American model, hostess, and producer. Tika rose to fame as a result of her standout performance in the musical drama “Stomp the Yard: Homecoming,” in which she starred. When she played Layla Williamson in the ABC drama “One Life to Live,” her popularity increased even more. She also had a recurring part in “Gossip Girl” on the CW. She later went on to make appearances in films like “Salt” and “Ride Along 2,” which elevated her star status. Tika has received numerous nominations throughout the years, including the prestigious Black Reel Award.
Early Childhood & Life
Euphemia L. Sumpter, who would later become Tika Sumpter, was born in Queens, New York, on June 20, 1980. Janice Acquista and Arthur Curtis Sumpter, Sr. are her parents.
She enrolled at Longwood Senior High School and became the institution’s first American-African cheerleader.
Later, she enrolled at Marymount Manhattan College, where she earned a degree in communications. Since she was young, she had a strong passion for dancing and performing.
In New York City, Tika was a waitress at a hotel, and her manager there pushed her to pursue acting. When she first started modeling, she scouted a lot of agencies before settling on one that was appropriate for her.
Tika’s career in entertainment began as a model for a Hewlett-Packard and Liz Claiborne fragrances commercial for Curve. She began her acting career by taking on modest roles in educational films produced by Mobius Pictures.
She subsequently agreed to a marketing contract with Liz Claiborne perfume. Tika also performed voiceover work.
Tika Sumpter’s Career
Tika began her career when she was 24 years old. She made an appearance as a co-host for the N network program “Best Friend’s Date” in 2004. Her major break came when she was chosen for the part of Layla Williamson in the enduring television series “One Life to Live” in the year 2005. Her acting talent received widespread recognition and acclaim after she appeared in the series.
Tika starred in the 2009 film “Brooklyn’s Finest,” however her contribution was not acknowledged. She was given the chance to play the lead in the high-profile film “Stomp the Yard: Homecoming” due to the grace and acting talent she has so far shown. She portrayed Nikki in the 2010 film, which was released.
She portrayed Emma in the 2011 film “Whisper Me a Lullaby,” and practically everyone, including the reviewers, praised her interesting performance.
The following time we saw Tika, she was portraying Yvonne Fair in the 2014 film “Get on Up.” Her work was a finalist for the Best Ensemble Black Reel Award. She has appeared in a number of other films and television programs, including Ride Along 2, The Haves and the Have Nots, Being Mary Jane, The Game, Gossip Girl, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, etc.
When Tika was given the opportunity to play young Michelle Obama in the biopic of Barack Obama called “Southside with You,” she was overjoyed. Her performance was greatly lauded by both her fans and several critics after the movie’s release. She joined the production crew for this biographical love drama as well since she wanted to give the movie everything she had.
Tika will play the lead character in the television series “The 313,” it was revealed in 2016.
She recently received the role of Maureen in the 2018 release of the film “The Old Man and the Gun.” Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Sissy Spacek, and Robert Redford are among the actors who star in David Lowery’s film.
One Life to Live had one of the longest runs of any television program in the United States. This particular series aired its first episode on July 15, 1968, and continued for more than 43 years. From July 15, 2005, to January 24, 2011, Tika portrayed the fictitious Layla Williamson.
The first episode of this crime drama, which is a part of the “Law & Order” franchise, was broadcast on September 20, 1999. In the episodes of the seventh season, which was titled “Class,” Tika played the part of Vegas.
The teen drama series Gossip Girl is based on a collection of novels written by Cecily von Ziegesar. The first episode of the show premiered on September 19, 2007, however, Tika didn’t make an appearance until the fourth season as Raina Thorpe. The series ended up ranking as the ninth highest-rated series on American television after garnering favorable reviews for each of its seasons.
Filmography She portrayed the pivotal role of Nikki in the film Stomp the Yard: Homecoming. The expensively produced movie opened to audiences on September 21, 2010.
In the James Brown biopic Get on Up, Tika appeared. She played the part of Yvonne Fair, a famous American singer. The movie was widely praised by critics when it was released on August 1st, 2014.
Ride Along 2 is the follow-up to the 2014 movie “Ride Along.” She portrayed Angela Payton-Barber, Ben’s future bride. The movie premiered on January 6 in Miami. Despite earning less than its forerunner, the action comedy movie nonetheless made more than 120 million dollars at the box office.
She rose to fame in the film Southside with You, in which she played Michelle Obama, the first lady of the United States at the time. Parker Sawyers, who played Barack Obama, was cast opposite her. The movie had its Sundance Film Festival debut on January 24, 2016, and on August 26, 2016, it was released in theaters. Positive compliments were given to each actor, but Tika emerged as the movie’s standout performance.
Tika’s Individual Life
Tika’s personal life has had ups and downs, but thus far, she has been able to easily move past her challenging periods. After a protracted courtship, she was dating actor Hosea Chanchez, and the two eventually made the decision to wed.
Sadly, despite getting married in 2009, they were unable to maintain their marriage. The pair decided to get a divorce in 2012 as a result of some major issues in their marriage.
Her pregnancy was the subject of rumors, which eventually proved to be accurate. It was said that Nicholas James was the father of the child; Tika later confirmed this.
On the ‘The Haves and the Have Nots’ set, she first met Nicholas. The couple had kept their relationship a secret, but Tika eventually admitted that she had been proposed to over the holidays. In October 2016, she gave birth to a daughter whom she named Ella-Loren.
Estimated Net Worth
American actress, singer, and model Tika Sumpter has a $6 million dollar fortune. Tika Sumpter, who was raised in Queens, New York, earned a communications degree from Marymount Manhattan College. She started out as a model, appearing in both print and television advertisements.