Former One Life to Live star Tika Sumpter dropped by The Arsenio Hall Show Thursday night to promote her new film Ride Along. The Haves and the Have Nots lead shared a tear-jerking memory of working with the late Whitney Houston on Sparkle. Sumpter recalled:
She played my mother, so that was the most amazing experience ever. That’s probably one of the biggest questions I’m asked is, ‘How was it working with Whitney?’ Whitney was everything. I’d kind of just be siting in a corner quiet and they’d be changing for the setup and she’s like, ‘You okay baby? Who do I need to talk to to make sure you’re alright?’ I’m like, ‘I’m good, I’m good!’ and she’d say, ‘I got you.’ So she was just like a mother, a motherly figure.
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One Live to Live alum Tika Sumpter isn't letting any grass grow under her feet. Sumpter has landed a role in one of OWN and Tyler Perry's scripted series. Oprah Winfrey made the announcement herself on Twitter stating:
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Black Hollywood was out in full force at the premiere of One Life to Live alum Tika Sumpter's new movie Sparkle on Thursday night! Soap alums Cicely Tyson (Guiding Light), Victoria Rowell (The Young and the Restless), Vivica A. Fox (Generations, The Young and the Restless) and Elise Neal (Loving) were on hand, as was Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of the late Whitney Houston, who walked the red carpet with Nick Gordon.
The memory of Brown's deceased mother was ever present. Houston played mom to the central, singing sisters in this her final film performance. Celebrities from Tyler Perry to Glee’s Amber Riley were also in attendance. See more red carpet photos from the premiere of Sparkle after the jump!
One Life to Live alum Tika Sumpter is proving to be one of Hollywood's rising stars. Since leaving the ABC sudser, she's done impressive turns on primetime (Gossip Girl, The Game) and on the big screen (Think Like a Man). The beauty's latest project is a remake of the classic Sparkle.
Sparkle tells the story of three sisters, Sparkle (Jordin Sparks), Sister (Carmen Ejogo) and Delores (Sumpter), who rise to Supremes-esque fame, despite their mama's reservations. The movie marks the final onscreen performance of the late Whitney Houston, who appears as their disapproving mother, Emma. Peep Sumpter and her celluloid siblings on the cover of Ebony above and watch an interview the trio gave Global Grind after the jump!
Sony Pictures has released the trailer for the highly-anticipated remake of the 1976 cult classic Sparkle. The movie marked the late Whitney Houston's film comeback, and turned out to be the singer's final acting role.
Set in the 50's and 60's, Sparkle tells the tale of three sisters from Harlem who embark on a career in music. Houston plays Emma, the mother of the trio, which includes: One Life to Live alum Tika Sumpter and American Idol winner Jordan Sparks. Sparkle hits theatres Aug. 17. Watch the trailer below!