Who IS Raina Thorpe? Gossip Girl Guest Star Dishes on Character

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Tika Sumpter, who plays intriguing new Gossip Girl character Raina Thorpe, a Chuck Bass love interest and business foil wrapped up in one, says there's more than meets the eye.

The actress says we'll soon learn details about her life that might change our opinion about her: “Of course when we first see a person, you meet their representative," she says.

"You see the front they have to put up. But I think that’s the complexity of a human being. I think you’re going to start seeing her vulnerable side, and seeing what makes Raina tick and what excites her and what makes her fall for people.”

Russell and Raina

Raina and Russell Thorpe (Michael Boatman) on Gossip Girl.

"I’m so excited for you all to see that aspect of her, not just her ambition. The components of being down to earth. The human side,” Sumpter adds ... with a caveat.

"With Raina, first is always family. For her, blood is thicker than water ... She has a tendency to trust her family first and ask questions later,” the actress tells EW.

What do you think? Do you like Raina? Can we trust her?

She's going to be around for the rest of this season of Gossip Girl, so the producers clearly have plans for her. How do you think her story will play out? Discuss!

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    The only reason ALL of you hate this woman is because you wish you were the ones in her role. It is pure jealousy! And if you think you are so good, why not go and audition and get a part in the series? That,s right..It is because you cant act half as good as she can. So please get rid of your jealousy and support your fellow sister. Remember, we are all flesh and blood, regardless of colour!

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    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE GIVE RAINA A BETTER WEAVE. I WROTE THIS ON THE FB PAGE CMON GUYS GG IS STYLE- BRAINSTORM MORE ISNT THERE A BETTER WEAVE! ASK TYRA TO HELP OUT OR STH. On a non related note i love DAIR!

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    I think Blair & Chuck had a real intense passion so they will reunite in the end. Their love is a perfect match but its interesting 2 c sumtin different and new but 2 me putting Blair and Dan 2gether is weird. They dont fit at all kinda gross 2 LOL nate is sexy Serena and Nate shud get bak 2gether. I dont miss Vanessa and Juliet but they shud bring bak Jenny Humphrey since she gives Blair a challenge. Raina is beautiful sexy intelligent wealthy and black something many whites do NOT want 2 c especially in a romantic relationship with a white man. Its 2011 yet racism and hatred is still goin strong b cuz whites make sure it never dies SMH but GG is 1 of my favorite shows

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    i am really enjoying raina's character. she's beautiful, intelligent, savvy hopefully she develops more comlexity as the show moves along. although i don't think her and chuck have much chemistry yet, i enjoy seeing her character in the show, although her dad is a tad bit annoying.
    it will be interesting to see the love triangle between chuck-raina and chuck-blair, since i always enjoyed chuck and blair's relationship. but knowing gossip girl, i know that chuck and blair are far from over.
    happy to see some diversity in GG i mean seriously this show acts like no other race of people live in new york or are wealthy...

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    I really like Raina.... she is refreshing! It was nice to see Chuck's interest in a new woman but, although he was sweet w/ Raina, i didn't feel a spark w/ them. CUE IN NATE. BINGO! they are lovely together and quite adorable. their relationship started off sweet and not w/ sex (like Chuck).
    also it's nice to see diversity on GG. she's beautiful and strong but also tender.
    on another note, i'm glad to not see Taylor Momsen's character. she was always annoying. and they need to give Vanessa a better story line than anything that has to do w/ Dan and Serena. boring!

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    I really likes Raina.... she is refreshing! It was nice to see Chuck's interest in a new woman but, although he was sweet w/ Raina, i didn't feel a spark w/ them. CUE IN NATE. BINGO! they are lovely together and quite adorable. their relationship started of sweet and not w/ sex (like Chuck).
    also it's nice to see diversity on GG. she's beautiful and strong but also tender.
    on another note, i'm glad to not see Taylor Momsen's character. she was always annoying. and they need to give Vanessa a better story line than anything that has to do w/ Dan and Serena. boring!

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    She's amazing!

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    Just my 2cents----

    I'm really confused about all of the criticism about Raina's character.

    Calling her a skank, saying there isn't any chemistry, etc...

    First of all, Serens has slept with almost everyone on set, Blair is a close second, Vanessa has had a 3 some...

    I think the REAL issue is people aren't comfortable with the inter racial thing.

    There was NEVER an issue regarding the sexual prowess of the regular female cast members...and If I remember correctly, the show basically opens up with Serena being promiscuous.

    So is the real issue the promiscuity or color?
    If its color, so be it, SAY IT, no one can come through the computer an beat you up if you don't agree with the inter-racial union. Just don't hide behind this facade of "skank", :acting-chops" or what have you. This is a CHARACTER, she is NOT Raina, she is an actress and a very good one, as is most of the cast.

    So don't leave negative comments about the character that was written when the real basis is your lack of tolerance for an inter-racial couple.

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    It's funny. Who ever thought a 30 year old black w/ a thuggish deamor would even watch or be able to build interest GOSSIP GIRL. With that being said, I think (racist) people are going to have a problem with a beautiful black woman on the scene, never the less actually in the picture. I tired of reading"Im black so I can say this...." Look people, it is what it is, leave color out of it. Whoever dont want to watch because of Raina's CHARACTER, while GOSSIP GIRL is on go burn your swaticka and rebel flag, I'll turn a extra tv on so the network will still get the ratings. MORE TO COME.

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    Why must people always bring racism into everything,its obvious Raina is not a good match for Chuck,their characters dont have chemistry at all,the way Chuck and Blair did.Blair and Chuck bonded according to Blair "on their mutual love for scheming",I havent seen any real bonding btw chuck and raina
    Am black so u cant say am being Racist but the whole Raina involvement in dis whole thing is stupid and pointless,her father is another very annoyin character
    I am also happy dat Dan and Blair would get 2geda,I fink Chuck shud just stick to hookers and Raina and her thorpe father shud be thrown out,and this whole Bass company thingy is serzli making me angry naw.....and as 4 Lily,I consider her the fool of Gossip girl,wen she tries to look out 4 her family,it always backfires,she shud giv it a rest and enjoy life wiv her new husband tho hes too good 4 her.
    If they are going to bring a black actor/actress into GG,it shud be a permanent character.
    btw,I miss Juliets character,she kept me on my toes,always thinkin about wot her next plot wuld be.




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