Biography of Tessa ThompsonTessa Thompson is an American theater and movie actress, a star of the TV series Veronica Mars, Copper and Westworld, as well as the feature movies Creed and Thor: Ragnarok.
Her Childhood and YouthTessa Lynn Thompson was born on October 3, 1983, in Los Angeles, but spent her childhood partly in New York's Brooklyn after the divorce of her parents – the mum with children (Tessa and her older sister) stayed in the City of Angels, the dad moved to New York.
Once, her mum, who worked in the Los Angeles City Hall, sent her daughter to a privileged private school. Among the students, there were only 4 dark-skinned children, including Tess. Because of the incessant mockery of her classmates, for a long time, the girl begged her mother to go to an ordinary public school. The public school seemed another world – there were 4 thousand students with different skin color, religion, and beliefs, as well as the Club of Racial Harmony, where older students told newcomers about the dangers of racial stereotypes.
Her Acting CareerThe girl made her first professional stage debut in 2000. In Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company, she acted in the play The Tempest.
Over the next 10 years, she got dozens of roles in TV series and movies. The emphasis in her characters was always put on their race, despite Tessa wanted it or not. For example, in 2006, Thompson was cast Jackie Cook, a girlfriend of the main character, in the teenage detective series Veronica Mars, but she was quickly taken out of the script because of the audience’s dissatisfaction. According to the creators, Tessa’s character was a stereotypical dark-skinned girl, probably, it annoyed everyone, – the actress said.
In 2008, she starred in the dancing movie Make It Happen, where the main roles were played by Tessa and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. This was followed by the drama Mississippi Damned, a movie about the family of black farmers from the South who had suffered from racial discrimination for a long time.
In 2010, the actress acted in Tyler Perry's stage play adaptation For Colored Girls, after which she was invited to star in the movie. Janet Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Thandie Newton, Loretta Devine, Anika Noni Rose, Kimberly Elise, and Kerry Washington also starred in Perry’s movie about the life and fate of nine different African-American women. For her role, Tessa received the Black Reel Awards for Best Breakthrough Performance.
For her role as singer Bianca in the sports drama Creed with Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone in the lead roles, Tessa received the award for Best Supporting Actress from the African-American Film Critics Association. The film was warmly met by the audience, which was unusual for such restarts of the old stories.
A few months later, Tessa starred in the video for the rapper Jay-Z for the song Moonlight.
On November 3, 2017, it was a premiere of the fifth film of the third phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Thor: Ragnarok. In the movie, Tessa played one of the Valkyries of the legendary squad of female fighters who had died from the goddess Hela in the defense of Asgard. Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum and Mark Ruffalo were Thompson’s colleagues on the set.