Tessa Thompson has had a note-worthy 2019, with prominent roles in Avengers: Endgame and Men In Black: International. The former of the two would go on to be the biggest box-office success in history, grossing $2.798 billion worldwide.
Fans of HBO's Westworld were also treated to guest appearances by Tessa in its season 2 as Charlotte Hale, and as Dolores Abernathy in its season finale.
With season 3 on the horizon, and Tessa already announced as part of the cast, we take a look at 7 facts about the actress.
7. She is of a diverse and mixed ethnicity
Fans get enamored with Tessa's exotic good looks every time she steps in front of a camera. For those wondering what pedigree she has in her genes that make her look so stunning, her father, Marc Anthony Thompson is of Afro-Panamanian descent, and her mother is of English, German, Irish, Scottish, and Mexican ancestry.
6. She admits to being attracted to both gender
In a 2018 interview, Tessa admitted that she was attracted to people of both gender. However, she did not want to be classified as bise*ual.
In that interview, she stated matter-of-factly:
"I’m attracted to men and also to women."
5. She is secretive about her relationship with Janelle Monáe
Despite being forthcoming about her se*uality, Tessa prefers her relationship with singer Janelle Monáe to stay relatively private.
In an interview with Porter Magazine, she mentioned that:
"It’s tricky, because Janelle and I are just really private people and we’re both trying to navigate how you reconcile wanting to have that privacy and space, and also wanting to use your platform and influence"
Later, in the same interview however, she pretty much professed her love for Janelle, saying:
|We love each other deeply. We’re so close, we vibrate on the same frequency. If people want to speculate about what we are, that’s okay. It doesn’t bother me"
4. She performed her songs in Creed
2015's saw the revitalization of the Rocky franchise with the acclaimed sports drama movie Creed. Aside from the direction and story, the cast was also singled out for their performances.
Tessa Thompson, who played the hearing-impaired singer Bianca, was also considered a highlight. Tessa wrote her songs and performed them in the movie, demonstrating her prowess as a songwriter along with her proficiency as an actress.
3. She returns in Westworld season 3
Tessa Thompson made her debut in season 2 of the HBO sci-fi/western series Westworld as the ruthless Charlotte Hale. She also doubled as the humanoid Dolores Abernathy in the season finale episode after the demise of Charlotte Hale.
Season 3 of Westworld is slated to return in the latter half of 2020, and Tessa has been announced as returning in the highly anticipated HBO series that stars Jeffrey Wright, Evan Rachel Wood, Luke Hemsworth, and Thandie Newton, among others.
2. She is also a Theater Actress
Tessa's love for acting is not limited to movies and/or television. She has also tried her hand at theatre acting. She made her professional debut in 2002 in LAWSC's theatre production of The Tempest. She also played Juliet in the 2003 reimagining of William Shakespeare's classic, Romeo and Juliet: Antebellum New Orleans, 1836 for The Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena, California.
1. She is estimated to be worth $4 million
A veteran of the acting business, Tessa is estimated to be worth $4 million. She makes her living primarily out of acting, but she also sings on the side.
2019 has been especially kind to Tessa, with two huge blockbusters, Avengers: Endgame grossing $2.798 billion, thereby breaking the box-office record held by James Cameron's Avatar.
She also starred as the rookie Molly Wright / Agent M in Men in Black: International, which made $253.9 million at the box office.
2020 looks to be an equally lucrative year for Tessa, with roles lined up.