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Tika Sumpter has produced her first film, and stars in it, too.

Southside With You is a romantic drama, in theaters Friday, about a fictionalized first date between the real president and first lady.

Sumpter plays Michelle Robinson, a standout young legal associate who agrees to spend an afternoon with her junior colleague, Barack Obama.

Sumpter connected with the story so deeply that she told writer-director Richard Tanne she’d help him bring the film – his first – to the screen.

“I said, ‘You know what, even if I don’t get to play (Michelle), I want to get this film made,’” she recalled during a recent interview at the London Hotel. “I don’t know how; I’ve never produced, but I’m going to get this film made.”

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