Breaking Barriers: Tika Sumpter's Pivotal Roles in Entertainment


Nov. 22 2023, Updated 8:10 p.m. ET

Only a few entertainers can truly say that they seamlessly made the switch from TV to the movies. The list gets even shorter when you talk about entertainers who have gone on to directing and production roles. However, Tika Sumpter has definitely made the cut. The actress started her acting career on TV and successfully transitioned to the big screen.

Read on to find out more about the most significant roles that this actress has had on TV and in the movies.

Sumpter has had many notable roles, including:

Candance Young — ‘The Haves and the Have Nots’

After her breakout role, Tika Sumpter was able to land more roles in popular TV shows. However, it is her role in this show that earned her nominations for various awards including the NAACP Image Awards. The recognition was also in part due to her work in “Mixed-ish” – an ABC comedy series that ran between 2019 and 2021.

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Layla Williamson — ‘One Life to Live’

Between 2005 and 2010, Tika had a recurring role in this popular soap opera, One Life to Live. In addition to marking her entry into the entertainment industry, the show helped her lay the foundation for future success. In the show, she played the role of Layla Williamson. Her accurate and compelling portrayal of the complex character made her quite captivating to audiences.

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Notable Movie Roles

On the big screen, Tika Sumpter has also made a name for herself after working on several successful movie projects.

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Michelle Obama — ‘Southside With You’

This is by far one of the most impactful roles that Sumpter has played when it comes to movies. The film follows Michelle and Barack Obama’s love story. In the film, Tika was able to embody Michelle’s character to perfection. This is after studying countless videos of the first lady’s speeches online.

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Delores — ‘Sparkle’

In this movie – following the lives of three sisters who formed a music group back in the ‘60s – Tika took up the role of playing Delores. The actress was able to showcase her amazing musical skills alongside Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks — who played other roles in the movie. This showed her skills and versatility in acting and music.

Angela - ‘Ride Along’

In the original and sequel of this movie, Tika was able to combine well with the funny characters played by Ice Cube and Kevin Hart. Playing the role of Angela, Tika was able to create moments of fun and laughter. This was a further demonstration of Sumpter’s adaptability as an actress.

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Maddie Wachowski - ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’

Tika’s role in the original 2020 adaptation and its 2022 sequel helped her build her appeal among adult and young audiences. The actress received widespread praise for bringing strength, intelligence and warmth to the role.

Winding Up

Tika Sumpter has had a long and successful career in front of the camera – appearing in various TV and movie roles. She has also transitioned into a production role, making her directional debut in 2023. The sky is the limit for Tika!

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