Rising actress Tika Sumpter who is featured in the upcoming movie Sparkle (hit theaters tomorrow Friday August 17), did a photo spread and interview with Rolling Out magazine. Styled by Micah McDonald, Tika dressed in denim daisy dukes, tank tops, a tied-up shirt, and sweater in the DeWayne Rogers shoot. Tika has a lot of class, beauty, smile and talents. She represents the new generation of fresh Black talent in Hollywood. In her cover story, Tika talks about the different role she played, her character Delores in the movie Sparkle, the entertainment industry and dating. Below are some excerpts:
One of our first encounters with you was on “Gossip Girls.” How different was the experience of Sparkle with its all-black cast?
First off, I just want to say that I am very thankful for the opportunity that I received with “Gossip Girls.” To me though, acting is just acting. I honestly don’t like saying a black film, because on the flip side, we don’t call then white films. At the end of the day, when they say action, we all have to do the same job.
How did you channel your character Delores in the movie Sparkle?
I’m grateful to [screenwriter] Mara Brock Akil, because she expanded the role of Delores. I definitely think there is some of me in the character … she is a protector and a strong person, which mirrors my own personality a lot. The great thing about the role, is that I was able to really take chances and expand upon who Delores was in the original.
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Describe the experience on set, and the chemistry that you had with your castmates.
It was an amazing experience. It really felt like we were a family working toward a common goal. Every part of that experience is something that I will keep with me for the rest of my life.
After being in the industry for a few years now, what is the one thing that you know about yourself that you didn’t know before?
Well, I know that I’m enough, and that I have something to offer the world. I guess now that I’ve grown up and gotten a little older, I know what I want, and I know what I want in a mate and I’m able to say it. I’m not one to beat around the bush anymore. There was a time when I was so concerned about hurting people’s feelings, but it’s not that way anymore. While I still care about people’s feelings, I understand the importance of being able to express exactly what I want, and exactly how I’m feeling.
The entertainment industry can be extremely hectic. How do you block everything out, so that you can just focus on yourself?
Being that the industry is so crazy, some of the things that I do to just chill out and reflect. I’m kind of a loner… I love to be at home, where I can just shut everything out and either read or meditate. Sometimes, I just can’t be connected every minute and every second of the day, so I just turn off all of the electronics, and just focus on removing myself from the stress and the busyness of the world.
It’s no secret that people consider you one of Hollywood’s most beautiful talents. But what we don’t know is you relationship status. Are you currently involved with someone?
(smiles) I’m currently single.
Describe the perfect date for you.
My perfect date is just a guy that takes control and plans everything. I have to plan so much in my own life, so I wouldn’t want the responsibility of planning something fun. So I’m down for mostly anything, but a nice dinner or bowling would be great. I just like something fun that I don’t have to plan.
Read Tika’s interview in its entirety over at Rolling Out.