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Tika Sumpter Talks Playing Michelle Obama in 'Southside With You'

August 27, 2016

 

 When Tika Sumpter landed the role of Michelle Obama in "Southside With You," the new film about the first couple's love story, she says she went from a feeling of excitement to "how I am going to do this?"

 

"I never wanted to imitate her, I wanted to embody her essence," said Sumpter. "This is Michelle Obama you know. If you're going to do it, you have to do it right."

 

To prepare for the role, Sumpter studied videos of the first lady giving graduation speeches. She worked with a voice coach over skype to perfect the way Michelle Obama enunciates everything. She also read Mrs. Obama's brother Craig Robinson's memoir "A Game of Character," to gain insight on her upbringing.

 

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