Tika Sumpters is the quintessential girl next door.
She’s humble, gorgeous, and hardworking. She’s the loyal best friend you’d want to have and the perfect girlfriend to bring home to the family, and she’s graces the pages of Essence, August 2014.
Keeping it simple, the Queens native takes the camera crew through her denim in the park photo shoot. Living bi-coastal now is a far stretch from her early ham-selling beginnings, Tika Sumpter tells the glossy impring
“I—sold hams at Honey Baked Ham during the holidays. I sold a ton of hams, and they offered me a regular job there, which I turned down,” she says of her humble beginnings. But she no longer has to worry about selling anything expect her storyling as bad girl Candace on ‘The Have and The Have Nots.’ And while she’s nothing like her character on the hit OWN series, she’s learning much from her.
“The biggest thing I’ve learned from Candace is don’t let anger and life’s experiences eat you up, where you start becoming bitter and not caring about anything because when you don’t care about anything, there’s really nothing to live for.”
But between her theme song,
Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.” When I first started auditioning, I would play that before going in the room—”You only get one shot. Do not miss your chance because opportunity comes once in a lifetime, so you better lose yourself in it”
And her mantra, (“Be grateful If you’re given little and you are grateful, when you get big, you’ll be even more grateful for that.”) we’re sure what’s she’s learning is only aiding what the good knowledge she always had.
Check out the full interview on Essence.
Check out more images of her denim rush on the next page