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EX-OLTL's Tika Sumpter Talks Her Bad Girl Starring Role in OWN's The Haves and the Have Nots!

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Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Former One Life to Live star, Tika Sumpter (Ex-Layla Williamson) is getting to hang out with Oprah Winfrey herself these days as Tyler Perry’s hit soap opera on OWN, The Haves and the Have Nots starring Sumpter is taking off!  However, in this new interview with TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan, Sumpter reveals she wishes the writers in Llanview had written Layla with more of a edge, since her “Have Nots” character is quite the opposite of Ms. Williamson!

Fast forward to today, Tika plays gold-digger Candace Young, a hooker who is sleeping with and blackmailing Judge Jim Cryer (John Schneider) on the series that airs Tuesday nights at 9/8C.   TVG asks Sumpter about her delicious new role, how it came about, if she thinks the series is a “soap” and the negative pushback she has received for this portrayal of an African-American woman.  Here are a few interesting excerpts below!

Tika on how African-American women are rarely portrayed as a badass, which is stirring up controversy:  “It’s true! I think most people write from what they see in their own world, which is maybe why we so often see an African-American woman as the best friend, or the one you bring in when you need some sass. It’s like we’re put in a box. When I was on One Life to Live I always wanted to delve into my character, Layla, to find out why she was the black sheep of the family. I so wanted to have some edge. I have no idea why there was a reluctance to do that or why we so rarely see it. I guess you’d have to ask the writers.”

Tika on how she was discovered by Oprah and Tyler Perry for the role of Candace:  “I created my own audition reel, with my sister reading the other lines, and sent it off. Then one day I got a text from him saying, ‘I just saw your tape. Holy cow! I’m sending it to Oprah right now! Soon after that there was a text from Oprah saying, ‘I can’t see anybody else in this part! And so they offered me the role. I can’t tell you how it feels to have these powerful moguls believing in me. It’s just crazy!”

Have you checked out Tika on The Haves and Have Nots?  Did you like the character of Layla Williamson on One Life to Live?  Comment below!

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I am a fan of The Haves and the Have Knots. This show is awesome and Tika Sumpter is doing a phenomenal job of portraying her part. She leaves me at a loss for words and raring to see what she will do on the next episode.

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I live i love this show Tika is amazing and with over 15 million viewers this show is a hit

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I dont get OWN so i cant watch…

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jimh(leave it to beaver)

With this show and repeats of the two reboot soaps to air here, seems like OWN is fast becoming the new SoapNet!

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I am a very big fan of this show. The cancer scene in episode 4 was the best ever !

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Tali

Loved her as Layla Williamson on OLTL – very talented lady! Have not seen her new show on OWN or have I ever watched the OWN network, but will have to tune in.

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Now Oprah realizes the power and popularity of soaps. Well, better late than never.

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B&B’s Heather Tom Throws Lead Actress Nominee Luncheon

This year, saw the return of the annual ladies lunch were as is tradition, last year’s winner of the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, throws a luncheon for this year’s nominees.

The reigning women’s champ, now six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Heather Tom (Katie) got this year’s nominees in the category together for a celebration which included: General Hospital’s Genie Francis (Laura), Finola Hughes (Anna), and Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), along with B&B’s Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy) and Y&R’s Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea).

On Friday, both Francis and Grahn shared pics from the event on their social media accounts.  You can check them out below.

Then, take our poll below: Which actress do you hope takes home the gold next Friday night on the 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS? Let us know via the comment section, as well.

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B&B’s Jacqueline MacInnes Wood Talks Motherhood, Steffy’s Opioid Addiction and Love Life on ‘Home & Family’

Daytime Emmy Award winner and a nominee again this year for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime Drama Series, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy Forrester) chatted with Home & Family.

During her segment, Jacqui discussed becoming a mom again for the second time and welcoming her new son, Lenix, and balancing raising two boys with playing the day to day perils of Steffy Forrester.

As soap fans know, last year’s storyline where Steffy became addicted to painkillers provided her with meaty material which landed her as one of the frontrunners for next week’s 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards to air on Friday night, June 25th on CBS.

MacInnes Wood became emotional when telling how Steffy’s addiction intervention helped others, relating: “I was flooded with all of these messages, and this one woman reached out to me and she said her son… it still gets me emotional … but her son was addicted and that intervention was the same thing with her family, and it touched me in such a way and she said luckily that he is sober now.”

Jacqui also talked about Steffy’s on-screen love life …. and her real-life love and husband, Elan Ruspoli.

You can watch the full interview segment here.

So, what do you think of Jacqueline raising a new baby boy, being a mom to the other, while playing Steffy’s emotional storylines? Comment below.

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B&B’s Don Diamont Granted Restraining Order Against Alleged Stalker

The Bold and the Beautiful’s Don Diamont (Bill Spencer) was granted a temporary restraining order in L.A. County Superior Court against 37-year-old Quincy Adams; who Diamont says has been harassing him and his family since back in January.

According to court documents obtained by TMZ, Diamont alleges that Adams took to YouTube saying Don was a Satanist and responsible for COVID, 9/11, and the Iraq war.  In addition, Adams claimed to be connected to him some way from birth.

It was then that Don grew increasingly concerned when the man shared online that he knew where Diamont and his family lived.

Then came June 2nd, when Adams showed up at their front gate and Don received a call from his wife, Cindy.  The police handled Adams from there, but Don was very worried that Adams might harm him, or his family, so he was granted the temporary restraining order against him.

We wish Don and his family nothing but safety in the days ahead.

So what do you think about the claims and actions of Adams on Diamont? Comment below.

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