The second season of Tyler Perry’s The Haves and Have Nots premiered earlier this week with a record number of nearly 2.8 million viewers. Many of whom returned to get more of the juicy drama behind one of the main characters, Candace Young, played by actress Tika Sumpter.
Coincidentally, the 33 year-old is the newest cover girl of Rolling Out magazine’s latest issue. Inside, the Queens, New York-native defends her role, which many have interpreted as a negative representation of Black women. Read what she had to say about it:
I think sometimes, because we haven’t been on TV that much, and [because] this is all relatively new; people want to be represented differently and they feel like one person is speaking for the masses. But if the character has no challenges or isn’t a bit messy — there’s no show. There’s a reason why people love [ABC’s prime-time hit] ‘Scandal’ or ‘The Haves and Have Nots’ or ‘Being Mary Jane’ on BET. It’s because these characters aren’t perfect. If you want to put a perfect person on TV, you will have no show. In life, sometimes you see yourself in these characters and sometimes it’s not pretty.
You’ll find the rest of her interview on RollingOut.com, where she also talks about her success, failures and being recognized in public.