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

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

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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NBA Great and LA Laker, LeBron James Buys B&B and Y&R Co-Creator Lee Phillip Bell’s Beverly Hills Estate

One legend is moving into another legend’s previous home.  Sources are reporting to The Real Deal, that Los Angeles Laker and NBA star, LeBron James has purchased the estate of the the late, Lee Phillip Bell, the beloved co-creator of The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless.

According to the report, James is in contract to buy Bell’s estate which was being marketed at 39 million.  It was unclear what James is paying for the 13,000-square-foot property, which sits on a 2.5-acre plot and boasts seven fireplaces, a pool house with two baths, lighted tennis court, and screening room.

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Bell’s estate was officially put on the market on April 30

This is the third L.A. County mansion purchase for James, who signed as a free agent with the L.A. Lakers in the summer of 2018.  LeBron previously bought two homes in Brentwood, California for 23 and 21 million dollars.

Lee Phillip Bell passed away in late February of this year.  She was remembered during the just completed 47th annual Daytime Emmys In-Memoriam segment on the telecast on CBS.

So, what do you think of LeBron moving into the renowned soap opera creators home?  Comment below.

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The New Men of B&B Revealed

The Bold and the Beautiful has been the first soap back in production since COVID-19, and now comes exciting casting news that will surely bring some new energy and drama to the CBS Daytime drama series.

First, the series has decided to recast the role of Zende Forrester Dominquez last played by Daytime Emmy-winner Rome Flynn (2015-2017).   Now Delon de Metz will be taking on the role of adopted son of Kristen Forrester and Tony Dominguez.

And in addition, potentially part of the mystery we alluded to earlier in the week as to just who may be the new man in Steffy Forrester’s  (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) life, may have been answered with the casting of Tanner Novlan in the role of Dr. John ‘Finn’ Finnegan.

Novlan is married to former ‘Bold and Beautiful’ star Kayla Ewell (Ex-Caitlin Ramirez) and has been recently seen in the Liberty Mutual commercials where he plays an actor trying to say the lines of dialog required of him but keeps messing it up.   He was also recently seen in 2019 on the CW’s Roswell, New Mexico series.

TV Line broke the casting news.

So, what are your thoughts of a new Zende and a new doctor coming to The Bold and the Beautiful? Comment below.

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TODAY: OLTL Buchanan Kids Reunion with Melissa Archer, Kirk Geiger, Erin Torpey and Chris McKenna

One Life to Live fans will not want to miss today’s scheduled reunion chat with four actors who played the Buchanan children during the run of the iconic ABC soap opera.

In a virtual conversation today with Alan Locher on his Locher Room You Tube Channel, look for: Melissa Archer (Ex-Natalie), Kirk Geiger (Ex-Kevin), Erin Torpey (Ex-Jessica) and Chris McKenna (Ex-Joey) to share remembrances and stories of their time in Llanview.

It all starts at 2 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST today on Thursday July 9th.  You can watch it here.

So, what moment from the Buchanan kids storylines would you like to ask, Melissa, Kirk, Erin and Chris about?  What was your favorite moment of the kids during the run of One Life?  Comment below.

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