At 40 years old, Tessa Thompson has this physical status:
In 2002, Thompson made her professional stage debut as one of three actors portraying the role of Ariel in LAWSC's production of The Tempest. In 2003, she appeared as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet: Antebellum New Orleans, 1836 with The Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena, California, which earned her an NAACP Theatre Award nomination.
Thompson made her first television appearance in a 2005 episode of the CBS crime drama series Cold Case in the role of a lesbian bootlegger from the 1930s. In the same year, she rose to fame as she landed the role of Jackie Cook on the UPN/CW neo-noir drama series Veronica Mars, starring as a series regular in season two. In 2006, she appeared on the ABC medical drama series Grey's Anatomy.
Thompson's first feature film appearance was in the 2006 remake of the horror film When a Stranger Calls playing the role of Scarlett. In 2007, she was a part of the cast on the CW's short-lived drama Hidden Palms, portraying Nikki Barnes. She was next seen opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the dance film Make it Happen in 2008. She also worked on guest star roles on the television series Life and Private Practice, and appeared in season four of Heroes.
In 2010, Thompson appeared in Tyler Perry's stage play adaptation For Colored Girls, after she directly approached Perry to be cast in the film. Also in 2010, she had a guest role as the wife of a detective on the drama series Detroit 187. In 2012, Thompson had a guest role as Gavin Doran's daughter, Sasha, on the horror series 666 Park Avenue. In 2013, she starred in BBC America's first original series Copper.
In 2014, she starred as Samantha White in Justin Simien's Sundance-winning comedy Dear White People. That same year, Thompson played civil rights activist Diane Nash in Ava DuVernay's Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma. In 2015, she appeared in Ryan Coogler's Rocky sequel film Creed, and in Nate Ruess' short film The Grand Romantic.
In 2016, she began a starring role in the HBO science fiction drama series Westworld as board director Charlotte Hale. Also in 2016, Thompson appeared in the off-Broadway run of the Lydia R. Diamond play Smart People at Second Stage Theatre, starring alongside Mahershala Ali, Joshua Jackson and Anne Son.
In April 2016, Thompson was cast as Valkyrie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film Thor: Ragnarok, which was released on November 3, 2017. She then appeared in the science-fiction horror film Annihilation, which was released on February 23, 2018. In June 2017, Thompson was cast in the science-fiction comedy Sorry to Bother You, which was released on July 6, 2018. She reprised her role as Bianca Taylor in the sports drama sequel film Creed II, which was released on November 21, 2018, to positive reviews and strong box office returns.
Thompson reprised her role as Valkryie in the superhero sequel film Avengers: Endgame, which was released on April 26, 2019. She starred as Agent M in the Men in Black spin-off film, Men in Black: International, opposite Chris Hemsworth, her co-star from Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame. The film was released on June 14, 2019. Also in 2019, she voiced Lady in the musical romance film Lady and the Tramp, a live-action adaptation of the 1955 film of the same name.
At the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con, it was announced that Thompson would reprise her role as King Valkyrie "Val" in the superhero film Thor: Love and Thunder (2022), as a part of Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Thompson co-produced and voiced the lead role in the mystery sci-fi podcast series The Left Right Game, which was released in 2020. The audio drama series featured Thompson as a journalist who follows a story about a group of paranormal adventurers. Amazon Studios secured the screen rights to the series, with Thompson executive producing. Also in 2020, she starred as the title character in the romantic drama film Sylvie's Love, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. She will next star in the drama film Passing, which serves as Rebecca Hall's directorial debut. More recently, she started her own production company with a first look deal at HBO and would executive produce the adaption of two novels; Who Fears Death and The Secret Lives of Church Ladies. In October 2021, Thompson wrapped up production on drama film The Listener, directed by Steve Buscemi. Thompson will reportedly be the only on-screen role in the film. Thompson will also reprise her role as Bianca Taylor in the sport drama sequel Creed III (2023).
Thompson is also a singer-songwriter. She has in the past been a member of the Los Angeles-based indie electro soul band Caught A Ghost, and contributed to the soundtracks for both Creed and Creed II, for which she co-wrote and performed several songs with producer Moses Sumney.
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Taika Waititi may have shrugged at the throuple talk, but a year and a half later his wife is giving a much firmer denial.
In the latest issue of GQ Hype, Rita Ora finally breaks her silence about those super sexy PDA photos of her, Taika, and Tessa Thompson from May 2021. In case you missed it somehow, Taika and Tessa was in Australia filming Thor: Love And Thunder when they had a night off — and chose to spend it at the director’s house with his then-girlfriend. They were photographed early in the morning, getting up close and personal, sharing a threeway kiss at one point. It got the whole internet riled up. (And reportedly made Marvel execs nervous!)
It’s all love and thunder!
Back in May, Taika Waititi made the internet blush when he was spotted simultaneously smooching Tessa Thompson and Rita Ora in Sydney, causing fans to wonder just what in Odin’s name was going on.
Whoa, wait, WHUT?!
Last month we got a very strong hint Rita Ora was dating Taika Waititi, the Oscar-winning director of Jojo Rabbit and What We Do In The Shadows. But was that only half the story? Or rather, two thirds of the story?