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Can you imagine anyone else besides Tika Sumpter portraying the cold as ice vixen Candace Young in Tyler Perry’s The Haves & The Have Nots? It nearly happened, but was prevented by the one and only Oprah Winfrey! Tika dropped by The Real today where she gave the hosts and viewers a little dish on what’s to come on the latest season of the hit OWN drama. While Tika chopped it up with the panel along with guest co-host NeNe Leakes, the actress recalled how media titan Oprah cajoled her into starring on the series. Tika recalled:

“Tyler Perry called me and he’s like you know, ‘I want you to do this.’ And I said, ‘Well, let me think about it because I always play usually the girlfriend or the wife.’ He’s like, ‘Tika, hold on one second, someone wants to speak to you,’ she’s like ‘Tiiiiiiikaaaaaa!’ You know and I’m like ‘Uh. What?!’ You know and she just talked me through it. And she basically said, ‘I can’t see anybody else doing it.’ She believed in me!

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Listen, if Oprah tells you she can only envision you in a role, you better jump at that sucker! Watch the interview above.

The Haves & The Have Nots airs at 9 PM EST on OWN.

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