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1.10.2014

She Did That! Tika Sumpter Covers Rolling Out Magazine!


We absolutely love Tika Sumpter! She's an amazing actress, always looks fly, and about her business! She definitely represents our motto: Be Bold, Be Classy, & Oh So SASSY to a T! Recently the actress has catapulted to stardom with her starring role in Tyler Perry's sitcom 'The Have and the Have Not's", Ride Along with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube (January 17), and other movies and shows! She is definitely on her way to becoming a big name in Hollywood! This month she is featured on the cover of Rolling Out Magazine and dishes on being a black actress, the biggest lesson she has learned, and adjusting to fame!



The biggest lesson she has learned:

"I think one of the most important lessons that I've learned is to put your head down and work. Don't look at other people and compare yourself. Just do the work. Because when the opportunity is there, you have to be ready. Make sure your craft is refined and you're constantly working on it. Plow through the weeds. Go to the auditions and go to the meetings and be on time. Stop looking to the left or the right. Keep your head down and keep moving."

On the hustle of acting:

"When you don't get a specific job and you've worked really hard on it; [or] when you read a really good script and you're so close to getting a part and you don't get it, it's always hurtful. But what is for me is for me. My path is my path and it's no one else's. That's how I've survived and it's been in my head forever. You have a lot of disappointments as an actor. It's a very tough business to get into and to be able to work [without being] a waitress on the side. You think 'Oh, of course I can do that right now.' But it's definitely a wake up call when you start out."

On adjusting to fame:

"It's definitely helps [you get into] the room when you become more visible. You get more opportunities and different scrips to read. It's definitely a small change. I don't really look around and smell all the roses. I have so much further to go and I want to do so much more. I'm still like 'Oh, you know me?' I enjoy it and I appreciate the people who do follow me and have been following me for a while. But I'm in no way satisfied. I don't feel there's an arrival point."

On her supporters:

"My fans are really awesome. I haven't had to do anything crazy yet [laughs]. I respect them, they respect me. I can still walk around freely. People are very respectful. If they want to take a picture, they can sit down and we can chat. I'm not on that Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie level yet. It's always nice when men are like 'We love you.' I love it. Women as well. I'm just grateful for their support and love."



The biggest misconception about her:

"People [say] 'Omigosh, you're so nice. I'm pretty chill person. Maybe it's because of [her character] Candace [Young] on 'The Haves and Have Nots'--they expect me to be a little mean. Or maybe it's just celebrity."



On the criticism received about  'The Haves and Have Nots':

"I think sometimes, because we haven't been on TV that much, and this is all relatively new; people want to be represented differently and they feel like one person is speaking for the masses. But if the character has no challenges or isn't a bit messy--there's no show. There's a reason why people love 'Scandal' or 'The Haves and Have Nots' or 'Being Mary Jane' on BET. It's because these characters aren't perfect. If you want to put a perfect person on TV you will have no show. In life, sometimes you see yourself in these characters and sometimes it's not pretty. Look at 'Breaking Bad' this is a [a show about] a teacher who had a meth ring. And it was one of the biggest shows. It's a show that people love. But nobody's going after that. Life is messy. People make decisions. Sometimes art imitates life. And I think, as people of color, we have to understand that we have stories, too, that need to be told. And real or not, that makes a good show and good characters and makes people watch."



On woman supporting the show:

"Some women are not really lifting up other women in these arenas. Which is really sad, because finally we're getting some kind of voice. Some of the criticism is even louder than ever. But for the most part, I feel that a lot of people are positive about these shows and are happy to see themselves and it's fun to watch. And it's not just black people watching the shows--there are other people watching as well. So I'm grateful for the masses that are positive about it and are entertained."



On being more than just a 'black actress":

"I don't walk into a room thinking 'I'm a black actress, omigod.' I always think ' I have as much talent as anyone else.' I've been black my whole life. I don't even call myself 'a black actress. ' White actresses don't walk around calling themselves 'white actresses.' They're just actresses. I go in with the attitude of what is for me and I'm going to make them remember me--even if I don't get this part. All I know is my walk is my walk and my walk hasn't been that. I did What's Your Number? with Anna Faris, I did 'Gossip Girl' with Black Lively. So I've been able to walk back and forth. I want to continue to do that. A black woman is not just one thing. Why not be able to portray those things on screen?"

Read the full interview at Rolling Out Magazine

Side SASS:  Catch Tika on 'The Have and the Have Not's" and in her new movie Ride Along on January 17th!







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