Tessa Thompson Wiki – Tessa Thompson Biography
Tessa Thompson is an American actress. Thompson was born in Los Angeles. She was raised between Los Angeles and Brooklyn, New York. Her father, singer-songwriter Marc Anthony Thompson is of Afro-Panamanian descent and is the founder of the musical collective Chocolate Genius, Inc. Her mother has white, Panamanian and Mexican ancestry. She has a younger half-sister, Zsela who is a singer and songwriter.
Thompson attended Santa Monica High School where she played Hermia in a student production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She attended Santa Monica College (SMC) where she studied cultural anthropology. While at SMC, she also attended lectures by Lisa Wolpe of the Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company (LAWSC).
She began her professional acting career with the Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company while studying at Santa Monica College. She appeared in productions of The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet, the latter of which earned her a NAACP Theatre Award nomination. Her breakthrough came with leading roles in Tina Mabry’s independent drama film Mississippi Damned (2009) and Tyler Perry’s drama film For Colored Girls (2010).
Thompson gained favorable critical notice for her performances in the comedy-drama Dear White People (2014), as civil rights activist Diane Nash in the historical drama Selma (2014), and as Bianca Taylor in the sport drama films Creed (2015) and Creed II (2018). She gained mainstream recognition for her starring role as Valkyrie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero films Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and Avengers: Endgame (2019).
She has roles in other movies including the dark comedy Sorry to Bother You (2018), the crime thriller Little Woods (2018), the science-fiction horror film Annihilation (2018), the science fiction action film Men in Black: International (2019), and the romantic drama Sylvie’s Love (2020). She also voiced Lady in Lady and the Tramp (2019). On television, she starred in the noir drama series Veronica Mars (2005–2006), the drama series Copper (2012–2013), and the science fiction series Westworld (2016–present).
Tessa Thompson Age
Tessa Thompson is 37-years-old.
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Car Hit By A Monster Truck
Tessa Thompson had an unfortunate mishap while driving to visit a friend for New Year’s Eve.
“I drove up a mountain to go to a cabin, and I thought, ‘This will be totally safe because I won’t see anybody,’” the actress said Thursday on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” of avoiding COVID-19 exposure. “But I got into a car accident, so I did have a socially distanced interaction.”
Thompson, 37, said the other vehicle was as big as they come.
“I got hit by a big monster truck on the highway,” she said.
But after Kimmel questioned whether the other vehicle was an actual monster truck, the “Westworld” star clarified, “Let’s put it this way. It is as ‘monster’ as a truck could be, driving with a regular commercial license.”
She added, “I got hit, but I’m safe, obviously, and actually, the driver was very lovely in the end.”
While she was a bit shaken from the accident, Thompson explained that she’s no stranger to fender benders and said things could have been much worse.
“I feel like I’m so used to car accidents because I was born and raised in Los Angeles, so it feels like accidents are my birthright,” she joked. “I’ve had many of them. But this was a pleasant one.”
And after a tough 2020, the actress is just grateful she’s safe and healthy.
“After this year I think there’s such gratitude at being alive that it was sort of the sweetest, loveliest accident of all the ones I’ve had,” she said.