Tika Sumpter is an actress, model and singer 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 a NAACP Image Award nomination. She was also seen as Jenna on the CBS series The Game.
Along with her growing television career, Tika is enjoying success on the big screen. She was last seen in Sparkle opposite Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks, as well as the films 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 with Angelina Jolie and Liev Schreiber, Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming, Whisper Me a Lullaby and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. Tika will next be seen in the film Ride Along starring opposite Kevin Hart, Ice Cube and Laurence Fishburne. She just wrapped production on Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas, due out Christmas 2013.
In 1998, Tika formed the R&B/hip-hop group Twise. Their newest track, "Paint the World (America's Theme)" can currently be heard on One Life, Many Voices, a compilation album made in an effort to aid Hurricane Katrina victims, featuring the voices of One Life to Live cast members. Tika is also proud of her involvement in public service announcements, appearing in an AIDS awareness campaign with acclaimed hip-hop artist Common.
Tika currently resides in New York City.