Tessa Thompson

Recent Role:

Star on Dear White People


Los Angeles, California

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  • Tessa Thompson recently made her debut on television as guest star on "Cold Case" and also made an appearance on "Grey's Anatomy". She is, however, mostly known for her role as Jackie Cook on the second season of "Veronica Mars". She also appeared in the recent remake of "When a Stranger Calls."

    In film, she was featured in "Everyday People" and "He Got Game."

    Thompson made her stage debut in a fifth grade play, starring as a tap dancing wolf, opposite Amber Tamblyn. More recently, Thompson was nominated for a NAACP Image Award for her stage performance as Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet," her first Shakespeare production. Subsequently, she has appeared in "The Tempest" and "Twelfth Night," as well as "Summertime," "Grease" and "Guys and Dolls." In the summer of 2005, she was the lead in the west coast premiere of "Indoor/Outdoor" at The Colony Theater in Burbank, California.

    A native to Los Angeles, Thompson is the daughter of singer/songwriter Marc A. Thompson of the New York-based band Chocolate Genius and granddaughter of actor/musician Bobby Ramos ("Latin Cruise"), one of the first Latin Americans to have his own television show. She enjoys dance, choreography, and sports, including tennis, swimming, volleyball, surfing and cheerleading.moreless



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    Los Angeles, California

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  • Quotes (6)

    • Tessa (About her leaving the set of Veronica Mars and stealing something from it): I have put in a request to take home the wig that Percy Daggs III wears. For sentimental reasons. We'll see... Just kidding!

    • Tessa (About the Season 2 finale of Veronica Mars): The writers have some serious tricks up their sleeves, and I was crazy impressed.

    • Tessa: If they made a TV remake of Veronica Mars - like thirty years later, I guess I'd come back and be Jackie. You know, finally expose the truth of the pill popping we saw early in the season. Who knows? Maybe she was the way she was because she had gender confusion, and was planning to undergo gender reassignment- thus the pills. So in the remake I could be "Jack". And all along my animosity for Veronica was love. Maybe finally in the remake Veronica and I could be a couple. The network could break all kinds of boundaries with that plot line!

    • Tessa (About her character on Veronica Mars): I thought Jackie was cool. She is this stuck up classy sassafrassy prissy, a la Paris Hilton but she reads Burroughs? I relished the contradiction.

    • Tessa: Was some of the online hate hard to bare when I read it? Sure. Of course. But I decided to a.) stop reading it altogether and b.) realize that I don't do what I do to be liked or praised.

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    Trivia (14)

    • Tessa Thompson is the daughter of singer-songwriter Marc Anthony Thompson, of the New York based band Chocolate Genius

    • In 2006, Tessa starred as Esme (a sorority girl) in the made for TV horror/thriller movie The Initiation of Sarah.

    • Tessa thanks TV and films for her success, but has stated that she would love to do theatre again.

    • Tessa has done a lot of Shakespeare plays in her theatre years.

    • Tessa has stated that she thinks it's more important that people like her performances thanif they like her characters. It's hard to distinguish the differences between the hate for a character and the hate for the actor.

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