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Overview (3)

Born in Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameTessa Lynn Thompson
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

The actress Tessa Lynn Thompson was born on October 3, 1983 in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of singer-songwriter Marc Anthony Thompson and the granddaughter of actor-musician Bobby Ramos. She was raised in Los Angeles before moving to Brooklyn, New York. Her father is of Afro-Panamanian ancestry and her mother is of Mexican and British Isles ancestry. Thompson attended Santa Monica High School, where she was featured in numerous theatre productions. After graduation, she enrolled at Santa Monica College, where she obtained a degree in cultural anthropology.

She starred as Juliet in William Shakespeare's drama "Romeo and Juliet" in a production held at the Boston Court Theatre in Pasadena, California. Her performance from earned her the NAACP Theatre nomination the same year. Away from the theatre stage, In 2005, Tessa made her first television appearance when she starred in the CBS series Cold Case (2003). Talented like her father Marc, Tessa's versatility extends to music, as a member of Electro Band, through which she has produced many songs, including one used in her film 'Dear White People.'

Since her acting career began in 2002, Tessa has played remarkable roles in popular television series and movies including Murder on the 13th Floor (2012), Make It Happen (2008), Red & Blue Marbles (2011), Selma (2014), Creed (2015), War on Everyone (2016) and Thor: Ragnarok (2017), just to mention a few.

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Trivia (8)

Daughter of singer-songwriter Marc Anthony Thompson, of the New York-based band "Chocolate Genius".
Got "discovered" as a child walking down Hollywood Boulevard with her father.
Maternal granddaughter of actor and musician Bobby Ramos, one of the first Mexican-Americans to have his own television show ("Latin Cruise" for KTLA).
Her father has Panamanian (Afro-Panamanian) ancestry. Tessa's maternal grandfather's has Mexican ancestry, and Tessa's maternal grandmother, whose parents were from Indiana, has English, German, Irish and Scottish descent.
Attended and graduated from Santa Monica High School in Santa Monica, California.
Attended and graduated from Santa Monica College with a degree in cultural anthropology.
Part of the Los Angeles band Caught A Ghost with Jesse Nolan. The band completed their debut album "Human Nature" (2014).
She supported Bernie Sanders in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.

Personal Quotes (16)

As a kid, I loved going to lots of thrift stores with my parents. There was a period where I thought it was embarrassing, and then I started to get older - I realized they were really cool.
There was a period when I had a hard time reconciling all the different parts of me in a way that I thought would make sense to others.
The term 'breakout' always makes me think of an inmate or some butterfly emerging out of a cocoon.
Veronica Mars (2004) was my first job, and for some reason, my character changed her hairstyle halfway through the season from curly to - I don't even know why - suddenly straight.
I grew up partially in L.A. and partially in New York. In L.A., anything goes because it's really temperate. There aren't any fashion rules dictated by weather, whereas in New York, of course, there are. New York is seasonal, and also it's a fashion mecca, so people are a little more aware of how they put things together.
I'm sort of obsessed with Harlem. Just its history. My father did the music for a play called "The Huey P. Newton Story", and they did a lot of work in Harlem. So as a little girl, I spent a lot of time in Harlem Library.
I grew up as a kid looking at artists like David Bowie and Prince; I really admired them.
The truth is, no, we don't live in a post-racial state anywhere in America, and this is particularly true in Hollywood.
Fashion is a funny thing to talk about. I think what you wear is definitely an extension of you, but I also think it's totally arbitrary.
I think we just need to have a demand for fresh and nuanced movies.
I try to pick interesting projects, the kind of projects that I would want to watch.
I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I split my time between the West Coast and the East.
I think I've realized that when you are aiming to create a real body of work, you are as much defined by the things you don't do as by the things you do.
I think when any one kind of film does well, it creates a precedent and paves the way for more like it.
I am multiracial, and I went through different phases - at one point, I listened to Wu-Tang and hip-hop, and then the next year I listened to Joni Mitchell.
I eat almonds professionally, and I can't get enough of Yerbe Mate Cranberry Synergy Kombucha!

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