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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 !

Tali
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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 Kimberlin Brown Shows How-To Do The Sheila ‘Makeover’

Wednesday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, brought with it a very much alive and in disguise Sheila Carter (Kimberlin Brown).

While smart B&B viewers knew there was no way a bear ended the life of Sheila, and that she would return to the canvas to cause more trouble, no one quite knew how she would integrate herself into society to not get caught by the police for her crimes.

Now donning a red wig, some facial prosthetics and a new sexy wardrobe, Sheila tested out her transformation on a tipsy Deacon (Sean Kanan), who had too much to drink.  Next thing you know, the two ‘strangers’ have sex.  Does Deacon really not know its Sheila?

Meanwhile, Kimberlin Brown posted a video on her Instagram of just how the B&B make-up and hair team came up with Sheila’s new look.

The actress expressed: “#behindthescenes #transformation #sheila goes red! Thanks you @danmakesstuff and @tinsleystudio for the wonderful #prosthetics and of course the wonderful Chris Lia Johnson #makeup @stephpaughhair for her #wig work! What a great #team

You can watch the time-lapsed video below.

Now let us know, what do you think of Sheila’s new look? How will B&B incorporate Sheila’s disguise for the next leg of her storyline to still be a part of Finn’s (Tanner Novlan) life? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

 

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Kelly Thiebaud Departing General Hospital and Heading Back to ‘Station 19’

Kelly Thiebaud is now set to reprise her role of Eva Vasquez, on ABC’s primetime drama, Station 19 and thus the Daytime Emmy winner will exit her role as Dr. Britt Westbourne on General Hospital.

According to Deadline, Thiebaud will be part of the cast for the series 6th season, which premieres on October 6th.

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Previously, Kelly appeared on the show’s 3rd season when in story, as the widow of firefighter Rigo Vasquez (Rigo Sanchez), she had an affair with her husband’s colleague Jack Gibson (Grey Damon) that resulted in total chaos.

In a tease for Thiebaud’s return, ABC shared, “Misery loves company and Eva finds solace with someone from her past.”

Kelly has played GH’s Britt on and off since 2012. She won her first Daytime Emmy this past June for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance.

Look for Kelly to exit her GH role in November, while a rep for the soap shared that the actress will be leaving by year’s end.

What do you think of Kelly going to Station 19 and departing General Hospital? How do you think GH will deal with her exit? Will tragedy befall Britt with her living with Huntington’s Disease? Will she be written-off the canvas, leaving the door open for her return? 

Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first check out our conversation with Kelly from a year ago and then backstage at the Daytime Emmys following her victory,

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Rena Sofer Wraps Her 9-Year Run as Quinn and Exits B&B

Daytime Emmy winner, Rena Sofer, has decided to call it quits at The Bold and the Beautiful.  After playing Quinn Fuller for the past 9 years she has decided to move on to other projects and adventures.

In a tweet, Sofer shared: “Friday August 5 was my last day playing Quinn on B&B, it’s been an incredible 9!” She added, “On to bigger and better things! Check out Renasoferceramics.com” 

Rena shared her thoughts on her decision to exit the CBS soap opera in an exclusive interview with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue dropping everywhere on Friday.

The talented star told SOD, “I had already decided this was going to be my last contract, but when they finished the story of Quinn and Carter coming together, it seemed like the right time.”  Look for her last airdate to be August 29th.

Fans of Sofer’s already know that she makes beautiful ceramic pieces and has been sharing her art.  We shall see what else Rena decides to do next.

Share your thoughts on Rena’s departure as B&B’s Quinn via the comment section below.

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