Tika Sumpter Biography: In Her Own Words – Exclusive Video, News, Photos
Euphemia LatiQue Sumpter was born on June 20, 1980 (Tika Sumpter age: 39) in Queens, New York City. Sumpter knew she wanted to be an actress since she was eight years old.
TIKA SUMPTER BIOGRAPHY: EARLY LIFE, FAMILY, EDUCATION
She recalled watching the television as a child and thinking, “Oh my gosh, I want to be in that box [the TV],” Sumpter told uInterview. “I just remember watching Phylicia Rashad on the Cosby show, and being like, she is something that I’ve never seen before, and from there, from high school I just always wanted to do it.” Sumpter started in commercials and hosting as a way to “get [her] foot in the door.”
She attended Longwood Senior High School in Middle Island, New York and later went on to study communications at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City.
TIKA SUMPTER BIOGRAPHY: MOVIES AND TV SHOWS
Sumpter’s first major role was playing Layla Williamson in ABC’s soap opera One Life to Live. Sumpter was a series regular on the show from 2005 to 2010. In 2008, she was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Best Actress in a Daytime Drama Series for her portrayal of Williamson. Her first film role was Nikki in Stomp the Yard: Homecoming (2010). She followed this with a small role in Angelina Jolie‘s Salt the same year. In 2011, she appeared in Whisper Me a Lullaby and What’s Your Number? In the same year, Sumpter starred on CW’s TV series Gossip Girl as Raina Thorpe for 11 episodes. She appeared in Think Like a Man (2012), which featured an ensemble cast including Regina Hall, Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson and more. Sumpter followed this with a role in Sparkle (2012), a music-themed film for which she also sang on the soundtrack album. Other notable roles include a recurring role as Jenna Rice on the TV series The Game from 2011 to 2012, Lacey in A Madea Christmas (2013), and Angela Payton in Ride Along (2013) and Ride Along 2 (2016).
Sumpter produced and performed as Michelle Robinson in Southside with You (2016), for which she gained critical acclaim. The movie was a biographical romantic drama about former U.S. president Barack Obama and Robinson’s first date. Southside With You won the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle Award for Best Chicago Film and was nominated for the Gotham Audience Award. Sumpter’s performance gained her a nomination for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture as well as Indiana Film Journalists Association for Breakout of the Year.
Sumpter has been a series regular on ABC’s TV show Mixed-ish since 2019, portraying Alicia Jackson. She starred in the action comedy film Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) as Maddie Wachowski.
TIKA SUMPTER BIOGRAPHY: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW ON ‘SONIC THE HEDGEHOG’
Sumpter had nothing but praise for her Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) co-stars James Marden and Jim Carrey.
“It didn’t feel like work, we literally laughed the whole time we were together on set. He’s a really good person and a thoughtful actor,” said Sumpter of working with Marden. “He’s just a naturally funny guy who doesn’t try hard to be funny, and so everyday conversation is just a joy to be around and talk to him about.”
Of Carrey, Sumpter described him as “everything you would think a superstar is, except without the bad attitude. He was so welcoming and so friendly, he felt like home, especially because we grew up with him.” She described him as a kind and collaborative co-star, whose perfectionist approach to acting informed her own performance and growth as an actor. “He pays attention to everything about his character, so you just take hints from that.”
Sumpter told uInterview that the actors worked with a cutout proxy of Sonic on set. “It’s different, you gotta really use your imagination,” she said with a smile. “Bravo to Jeff Fowler, the director, because when I saw the end result, I’m like, oh my gosh, it feels so real, like we’re talking to Sonic.”
TIKA SUMPTER BIOGRAPHY: PERSONAL LIFE, MARRIAGE
Tika Sumpter married actor Nicholas James in 2016. The couple welcomed their child Ella-Loren on Oct. 8, 2016. Sumpter was previously married to actor Hosea Chanchez from 2009 to 2012. Before her acting career took off, Sumpter worked as a model and waitress.
TIKA SUMPTER BIOGRAPHY: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is Tika Sumpter married? Yes, Tika Sumpter married actor Nicholas James in 2016.
Does Tika Sumpter have children? Yes, Tika Sumpter and Nicholas James’ daughter Ella-Loren was born in 2016.
How old is Tika Sumpter? Tika Sumpter is 39 years old.
What is Tika Sumpter’s net worth? According to Celebrity Net Worth, Tika Sumpter’s net worth is $6 million.
TIKA SUMPTER FILMOGRAPHY
|2006||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
– Class (2006)
|2010||Stop the Yard 2: Homecoming||Nikki|
|2006-2011||One Life to Live (TV Series) (238 episodes)||Layla Williamson|
|2011||Gossip Girl (TV Series)
– The Wrong Goodbye (2011)
– Shattered Bass (2011)
– The Princesses and the Frog (2011)
– Petty in Pink (2011)
– The Kids Stay in the Picture (2011)
– Empire of the Son (2011)
– While You Weren’t Sleeping (2011)
– It-Girl Happened One Night (2011)
– Panic Roommate (2011)
– Damien Darko (2011)
– The Kids Are Not All Right (2011)
|2011||Jason Derulo: It Girl (Video Short)||Love Interest|
|2011||What’s Your Number?||Jamie|
|2011||Whisper Me a Lullaby||Emma|
|2012||Think Like a Man||Dominic’s Girlfriend|
|2011-2012||The Game (TV Series)
– The Championship Game Episode (2012)
– Move Trick, Get Out the Way (2012)
– Catfight on the Catwalk (2012)
– No Money, Mo Problems (2012)
– The Truth Pact (2012)
– Skeletons (2012)
– The Right to Choose Episode (2011)
– Never Surrender (2011)
– A Very Special Episode (2011)
– Don’t You Know Who I Was? (2011)
|2012||Whitney Houston & Jordin Sparks: Celebrate (Video Short)|
|2013||Being Mary Jane (TV Series)
– Pilot (2013)
|2013||A Madea Christmas||Lacey|
|2014||Ride Along||Angela Payton|
|2014||My Man Is a Loser||Clarissa|
|2014||Get on Up||Yvonne Fair|
|2015||You Never Left (Short)||Euphemia|
|2016||Ride Along 2||Angela Payton|
|2016||Southside with You||Michelle Robinson|
|2018||The Old Man & the Gun||Maureen|
|2018||An Acceptable Loss||Libby|
|2018-2019||Final Space (TV Series) (23 episodes)||Nightfall/Quinn Ergon/Melanie Dewinter (voice)/Harp Graven (voice)/Cookie Wife (voice)|
|2019||The Nomads||Cassey McNamara|
|2020||Sonic the Hedgehog||Maddie|
|2019-2020||Mixed-ish (TV Series) (23 episodes)||Alicia Johnson|
|2013-2020||The Haves and the Have Nots (TV Series) (201 episodes)||Candace Young|