The Haves and the Have Nots’ Cast-Reunion Special Reveals Not Only Which Castmates Canoodled Backstage But Which One Wanted to
When the stars of Tyler Perry’s OWN soap got together for the first time since taping wrapped two years ago (!), it was anything goes!
More secrets were spilled during OWN’s July 27 The Haves and the Have Nots Final Cast Reunion special than during almost any episode of Tyler Perry’s spectacularly daring primetime drama. For starters, Tika Sumpter, who went from playing Layla on One Life to Live to bad girl extraordinaire Candace on HAHN, revealed that she used to make out backstage with a certain co-star: Nicholas James, who was Jeffrey’s closeted stalker, Justin, and who is now the actress’ real-life fiancé.
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“I first saw him in the makeup room, and I had my dog, Lola,” she recalled. “And he’s like, ‘What’s your dog’s name?’ I’m like, ‘Lola.’ He’s like, ‘Oh, is that a boy or a girl?’ I go, ‘Lola.’ He was so nervous.”
But by the time they arrived at Sumpter’s last scene of the day, James made an impression that lasted. Though she was dog-tired, “he made me laugh the entire time,” she said. “I was like, ‘Wait, you’re fine, and you’re funny?’ I actually gave him my number.”
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After the co-stars started dating, “we would like steal kisses In the dressing room,” Sumpter admitted. “But sometimes a brown nose rubs off on a white nose, so he goes to set one day, and Tyler’s like, ‘Who you been kissing? Tika?’
“Tyler,” she continued, “was like, ‘Mm-hmm, OK.'”
Though Sumpter and James never had a love scene — Justin was all about Jeffrey — talk eventually turned to whether such racy moments ever continued when the cameras stopped rolling. “Well, it depends on who your love scene’s with,” cracked Renee Lawless, who played rich bitch Katheryn, “because I can assure you when John [Schneider, who played her estranged husband] seduced me, I was like, ‘Are we done yet? Get off me.’ It was like kissing my brother.
“But with [Katheryn’s boy toy] Broderick, [it was like,] ‘Can we do another take?’ I was like, ‘I don’t think we got it on that take.’ And I am single,” she added, “so you know what I’m saying.”
After Aaron O’Connell lamented that he’d given up carbs to play Wyatt and still never got a love scene, Lawless, who was his mother on screen, assured him that his sacrifice hadn’t been for naught. She fondly remembered that “you walked down a staircase in Season 1 half naked, and I’m going… ” Well, you can see her expression below!
Ultimately, she had to remind herself, “Oh, I’m the mother! I’m sorry.”
Ahead of next week’s Part 2 of the HAHN reunion special, stop off at the below photo gallery, which counts down some of the most successful daytime alumni in primetime.
<p>This soap alum hasn’t stopped working since her last appearance as Layla Williamson on <em>One Life to Live</em> in 2011. Recurring roles on <em>Gossip Girl</em> and <em>The Game </em>are among her numerous credits, but it’s her seven-year run as Candace Young on <em>The Haves and Have Nots</em> and concurrent gig as Alicia Johnson on <em>Mixed-ish</em> (a spin-off of the popular <em>Black</em>–<em>ish</em>) that land her on this list.</p>
<p>The <em>Guiding Light</em> and <em>Another World</em> alum’s resumé is full of recurring roles on several well-regarded primetime series. But his career really caught fire when the blood-sucker craze produced <em>The</em> <em>Vampire Diaries</em>. Wesley played Stefan, one of two smoldering vampire brothers, in the eight-season series, firmly entrenching him in the zeitgeist.</p>
<p>Sometimes one show is all you need for success. That sure has been the case with <em>One Life to Live</em>‘s former Adriana Cramer. Yes, she had a couple of guest spots on other series, but she found a regular home on <em>Brooklyn Nine-Nine</em> for eight seasons as Amy Santiago. She’ll also be joining <em>OLTL</em> alum Nathan Fillion later this year while voicing a character for <em>Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K</em>.</p>
<p><em>Heroes </em>was a hit right out of the gate giving NBC its highest-rated premiere in five years. One of the actors playing a super-powered human in that series was none other than the <em>Guiding Light</em> alum who played a young Lizzie Spaulding. Her next role might not have caught the same lightning in a bottle, but her work as the country-singing phenom Juliette Barnes on <em>Nashville </em>produced a passionate, if smaller, fan base over six seasons — especially when her character was paired up Avery Barkley, played by <em>General Hospital</em> alum Jonathan Jackson (Lucky).</p>
<p>She returned to daytime, as a <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/general-hospital/news/579282/general-hospital-jackie-templeton-returns-holly/" target="_blank">recast Jackie Templeton</a> on <em>General Hospital,</em> 36 years after she played<em> All My Children</em> sweetheart Jenny Gardner. But in between those roles, she steadily wowed primetime audiences with recurring parts on pop culture touchstones like<em> L.A. Law</em>, <em>CSI Miami</em>, and <em>Army Wives.</em> Of course, her most prominent role was that of Diane Russell, whom she played on the boundary-breaking <em>NYPD Blue</em> for eight years. </p>
<p>It’s been almost three decades since he played the character, but the first thing that most TV fans think of when they hear this actor’s name is MacGyver. It’s even a verb — as in “I’m going to use that paper clip to MacGyver us out of here” — that’s still used today — and it’s not due to the recent reboot. After seven seasons, <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/general-hospital/news/598189/general-hospital-jeff-webber-returning-hints-richard-dean-anderson/" target="_blank"><em>General Hospital</em>’s former Jeff Webber</a> found more cult-like fame playing Jack O’Neill for over 16 years in the Stargate sci-fi universe.</p>
<p>She went from seeking vengeance on <em>All My Children</em>‘s Erica Kane to being Buffy the freaking Vampire Slayer. The impact of Sarah Michelle Gellar’s iconic character is still felt in the numerous TV shows that have followed and continues to inspire her many, many fans.</p>
<p>Not everyone knows that this international superstar got his start as <em>Young & Restless’</em> Snapper Foster, but everyone knows who he is. Maybe for his music but more likely as the driver of <em>Knight Rider</em>‘s talking car or as the hunky head lifeguard in the ’90s sensation <em>Baywatch</em>.</p>
<p>Who would have thought <em>Passions</em>‘ forever romantically torn Fox Crane would end up on one of the most popular primetime dramas of this decade? His portrayer might have, or at least hoped, as he consistently worked in primetime after leaving the campy, supernatural soap. After a return to daytime as Adam Newman on <em>The Young and the Restless</em>, Hartley catapulted into the mainstream consciousness with his role on NBC’s massively popular <em>This Is Us.</em></p>
<p>The back-from-the-dead Kimberly Shaw revealing a scar under her wig on <em>Melrose Place</em> was the ultimate watercooler moment. This daytime vet’s character helped turn the show about the friendly and not-so-friendly apartment dwellers into must-see TV. Not content with just one uber-popular series, <em>One Life to Live’s</em> former Kate Sanders then leapt into more can’t-wait-to-talk-about-it drama when she starred as Bree Van De Kamp on <em>Desperate Housewives.</em></p>
<p>After leaving the role of <em>Days of Our Lives</em>‘ Eric Brady, this then-up-and-comer did well for himself by recurring on a couple of TV shows. But those breaks were nothing compared to his landing the role of Dean Winchester on <em>Supernatural </em>in 2005<em>. </em>That turned into 15 seasons, a legion of devoted fans, spin-offs, conventions and tons of passionate fan fiction written about his character. Next up, Ackles joins Season 3 of Amazon Prime’s superhero/vigilante series<em> The Boys</em>. </p>
<p>This veteran actress’ career has been one successful primetime gig after another since leaving the role of Siobhan Ryan Novak on <em>Ryan’s Hope </em>in the ’80s. From <em>China Beach</em> to <em>Under the Dome</em>, it feels like she’s never <em>not</em> worked in primetime. While she currently appears on <em>All Rise</em>, her most successful role was on the original mega-hit procedural <em>CSI</em>, where she played Catherine Willows for <em>13 years.</em></p>
<p>“Have mercy!” Any TV or pop-culture fan worth their salt knows that phrase courtesy of the actor’s <em>Full House</em> character. After eight years of playing the lovable Uncle Jesse, Stamos forged a steady career in primetime including a four-year role as Dr. Tony Gates on another small-screen phenomenon, <em>ER</em>. Most recently, <em>General Hospital</em>‘s erstwhile Blackie Parrish starred in and produced the rebooted <em>Fuller House</em> and premiered his new series <em>Big Shot</em> on Disney+.</p>
<p>After playing <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/soaps/news/597866/nathan-fillion-anniversary-one-life-to-live-debut-joey-buchanan" target="_blank"><em>One Life to Live’s</em> Joey Buchanan</a> for three years, the rising star recurred on several TV shows but earned cult-icon status as the lead on <em>Firefly, </em>even though it only lasted one season. His next lead role came courtesy of ABC’s <em>Castle, </em>where he played the titular novelist/crime solver for eight seasons. After recurring on several more successful shows, he landed on another series in 2018, playing John Nolan on <em>The Rookie</em>.</p>
<p>That smile. Those abs. This sex symbol transcends genres. Pop-culture observers know him whether they watched him for a decade on The <em>Young and the Restless</em> or for <em>11 years</em> as <em>Criminal Minds</em>‘ Derek Morgan. Just ask his legion of fans. No longer a supporting player, Moore now leads his own show as Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson on CBS’ hit procedural, <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/gallery/young-restless-shemar-moore-obba-babatunde-swat-season-four-premiere-photos/" target="_blank"><em>S.W.A.T., </em>currently in its fourth season</a>. <em><br /> </em></p>
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