Gossip Girl

Tika Sumpter

Tika Sumpter grew up in Queens. After graduating from Marymount Manhattan College, she went on to become a model before landing the role of Layla Williams on the soap opera One Life to Live. Ironically, New York native Tika plays out-of-towner Raina Thorpe, a Chicago outsider who’s new to the Gossip Girl world.

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