Played by Tika Sumpter

Tika Sumpter

Tika Sumpter is best known for her work as Raina Thorpe on Gossip Girl and Layla Williamson on the Daytime Emmy-award winning soap opera, One Life to Live, which garnered her an NAACP Image Award nomination.

Tika is currently starring on OWN Network’s The Haves and the Have Nots. She stars as Candace Young in the one hour drama which is written, directed and produced by Tyler Perry.

Tika appeared in Universal's James Brown biopic Get on Up starring Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Chadwick Boseman, and Ride Along 2, reprising her role from Universal’s hit action comedy Ride Along, starring alongside Kevin Hart and Ice Cube.

Past film credits include Sparkle, opposite Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks, Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas, My Man is a Loser with John Stamos and Being Mary Jane opposite Gabrielle Union. Other film credits include What’s Your Number opposite Anna Faris and Chris Evans, Salt, Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming and Whisper Me a Lullaby. Her other television credits include the BET Series The Game‎ and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. Tika is proud of her involvement in public service announcements, appearing in an AIDS-awareness campaign with acclaimed hip-hop artist Common.